Seminar Series - Science Talk UFZ

Challenges and Perspectives of Chemical and Bio-Technologies for the Environment

The seminar series has the intention to invite speakers, which are leaders in this field and to frame their talks with discussions with students and scientists from UFZ and the region. It is our aim to debate in an open-minded manner the limitations of current scientific approaches, challenges of research perspectives, emerging options for innovation, and high risk – high gain projects/concepts.

The overall benefit is to tap the experience and advice of our guest lecturers, to familiarize these leading researchers with our research, personnel and science infrastructure, and to explore common ground for additional collaboration.


The six to eight seminars per year will thus be accompanied by informal meetings (and lab visits) to which colleagues from outside of the UFZ are warmly invited. Upcoming seminars will be announced via the UFZ homepage, where also information about (future and past) speakers and contents will be provided.

Upcoming events

 Lecturer: Professor Alfons J.M. Stams

Institution: Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands

Date: 29 November 2018, 14:00

Venue: Leipziger KUBUS

Previous events

Lecturer: Professor Victor de Lorenzo

Institution: Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia, Madrid, Spain

Date: 6 November 2018, 14:00

Venue: Leipziger KUBUS 

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wiechert

Institution: Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany

Date: 5 September 2018, 10:00

Venue: Leipziger KUBUS, Lecture Hall 2

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Regina Palkovits

Institution: Institut für Technologie und makromolekulare Chemie, RWTH Aachen

Date: 23 August, 2018, 10:00

Venue: UFZ lecture hall, building 1.0 1st floor

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Homepage of Prof. Palkovits (external link)

Lecturer: James Tiedje, PhD

Institution: University Distinguished Professor and the Director of the NSF Center for Microbial Ecology (CME) at Michigan State University as well as Professor of Crop and Soil Sciences and Microbiology

Date: 10 August, 2018, 15:00

Venue: UFZ Lecture hall building 1.0, 1st floor. 

Homepage of James Tiedje (external link)