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​​​​​​The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), an institution of the Leibniz Association.

Mission of ZALF is to deliver solutions for an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable agriculture – together with society.

As a contribution to overcoming global challenges such as climate change, food security, biodiversity conservation and resource scarcity, we develop and design crop systems, integrated in their landscape contexts, that combine food security with sustainability. Therefore we process complex landscape data with a unique set of experimental methods, new technologies and models as well as socio-economic approaches.

ZALF research is integrated systems research: starting from processes in soils and plants to causal relationships on the field and landscape level up to global impacts and complex interactions between landscapes, society and economy.

According to its statutes, ZALF serves “the public welfare by communicating scientific insights to the relevant sections of the population, technical communities and business circles”. ZALF research stands explicitly for scientific excellence and social relevance.


Facts & Figures

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The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) is a non-university research institution and a member of the Leibniz Association. 

As of 31 December 2023, ZALF had 501 employees, 239 of whom worked in science. The total budget amounts to 40.9 million euros for the calendar year 2024, of which 24 million euros is basic funding and 16.9 million euros is third-party funding.

The basic funding is provided by the state of Brandenburg together with the federal government and the other states.

The Scientific Director is Prof. Dr. Frank Ewert. The Administrative Director is Martin Jank.​

Bodies, Organisation Chart, Funding Bodies & Legal Form, Statutes

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ZALF was established with the legal form of a registered, non-profit association. The association's official bodies are the Assembly of Members, the Executive Board and the Scientific Advisory Board. The Executive Board is being advised by the ZALF Board, an internal body consisting of ZALF scientists.

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To Bodies, Organisation Chart, Funding Bodies & Legal Form, Statutes

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Assembly of Members

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Scientific Advisory Board

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Executive Board

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Internal Advisory Board ("ZALF-Rat")

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Other Bodies

Contact Search

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Contact search includes ZALF employees and associated persons.

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To Contact Search

Fellowship Program

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ZALF promotes targeted strategic networking with internationally renowned research institutions or research groups - especially with regard to its five narratives - by appointing 5-10 Fellows for up to two years each.

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Fellowship Program

Audit berufundfamilie

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​ZALF Müncheberg was once again awarded the “audit berufundfamilie® certificate” on 17 June 2014. The audit is a strategic management tool to sustainably improve family-conscious personnel policy and to anchor family consciousness within the corporate culture.

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To Audit berufundfamilie

Environmental Management

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Environmental protection has a high priority at ZALF. To perpetuate this approach, an environmental management system was introduced at the Müncheberg site in 2019, for which we maintained an EMAS certificate from November 2020 to November 2023. The successes can be read in the environmental statements of the last 3 years. However, we have also determined that the ecological focus of EMAS does not go far enough for ZALF as a research institution with a sustainable approach. The Executive Board has agreed to further devel-op the existing, well-functioning system in the direction of a holistic sustainability management system. For this purpose, we will be guided by the methods of Details can be found here.

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Environmental Management


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The ZALF history from 1928 (how it all started) until today (the advent of sustainability)

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To History

Contact Us & How to Reach Us

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Do you have a query and are wondering who to contact at ZALF? How to get to ZALF? Map of ZALF.

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To Contact Us & How to Reach Us

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