About us

ifeu conducts research and provides a worldwide consultancy service in relation to all major environmental and sustainability issues. With more than 40 years of experience, ifeu is one of the most important ecological research institutes in Germany. Our work is characterised by experience and independence combined with a practical and target-based approach. ifeu currently employs 80 staff with a background in natural sciences, engineering and social sciences at its sites in Heidelberg and Berlin.



History of ifeu

ifeu has been undertaking environmental research and providing a consultancy service for more than 40 years. Click below to learn more about the history of the institute.


How we see ourselves

ifeu undertakes transdisciplinary research and provides a target-based consultancy service in response to urgent sustainability issues.


Organisational structure

ifeu has been a non-profit limited liability company (gemeinnützige GmbH) since 1991 and is headed by a scientific board and three managing directors.




ifeu is a member of the Ecological Research Network (Ecornet). Ecornet’s aim is to open up the scientific disciplines to respond to the socio-ecological issues of the 21st century. Find out more about our partner institutes here.


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