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gaiac Research Institute

We are a research institute in the form of a registered association, founded in 2003 as a spin-off from the Institute for Environmental Research. Our focus is on applied ecological and ecotoxicological research.

Who we are

The gaiac team currently consists of a total of 28 strongly committed employees, mainly biologists, supported by biological technical assistants and team assistants. In larger, seasonal projects, the team is expanded as needed by student assistants.

gaiac is steered by the executive board together with the managing director. We are a legally independent research institute and are affiliated to RWTH Aachen University as a so-called “An-Institut”. In particular, we work in close cooperation in research and teaching with the Institute for Environmental Research at RWTH Aachen University. In addition, we cooperate with other institutes of RWTH Aachen in various fields of research. Our research activities are accompanied by an advisory board of external experts from universities, authorities and industrial companies.

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Members of the Advisory Board

Dr. Christoph Schulte, Chair

Umweltbundesamt, Germany

Dr. Eric Bruns

Bayer AG, Germany

Dr. Ekkehard Christoffels

IBC Ingenieure, former Erftverband, Germany

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Wessling

Prorektor für Forschung und Struktur, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Prof. Dr. Jörg Oehlmann

Abteilung Aquatische Ökotoxikologie, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Dr. Ralf Petto

former Institut für Biologische Analytik und Consulting IBACON GmbH, Germany

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Wintgens

Institut für Siedlungswasserwirtschaft (ISA), RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Dr. Uwe Riecken

Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN), Germany

Rainer Seelig

Ministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz (MULNV) des Landes NRW, Germany

Dr. Etienne Vermeirssen

Oekotoxzentrum, Switzerland


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