Partner 23: Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

Partner description

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (HZG) is one of 19 members of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany’s largest science organisation. HZG's main campus is located in Geesthacht near Hamburg, with a total staff of approximately 950 employees, including about 650 scientists, engineers and technicians.

HZG comprises four research institutes – among them the Institute of Coastal Research. Founded in 2001 the latter has three main divisions: "Biogeochemistry in Coastal Seas", "Operational Systems" and "System Analysis and Modelling". A systems approach is applied by integrating the marine, land and atmospheric compartments of the coastal system at different temporal and spatial scale focusing on the transport, turnover, input, and exchange of energy and matter. The Department for Environmental Chemistry focusses on the occurrence and fate of emerging contaminants. HZG has gained experience for years and has cultivated a successful tradition in both the co-ordination of and participation in different types of EU projects. Since the year 2000, researchers at HZG have coordinated some 45, and have participated in more than 200 EU projects co-financed by the European Commission, mainly through FP5, FP6, FP7 and Horizon 2020 framework programmes.


Role in the project

HZG is partner in the project and will conduct sampling and chemical analysis with focus on transport of plant protection products (PPPs) to off-target areas as a contribution to WP2 (task 2.2).

Involved personnel

23 Ebinghaus Prof. dr. (h.c.) Ebinghaus is head of the Department for Environmental Chemistry. His research fields include transport, deposition and air/sea-gas exchange of atmospheric trace constituents, such as mercury and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) with special emphasis on substances of emerging concern for the coastal, marine, and polar environment.
Silhouet Dr. Gandrass is researcher in the Department for Environmental Chemistry with over 30 years of experience in ultra-trace analysis or organic contaminants with a focus on emerging contaminants in marine and coastal environments including river catchments.
23 Martins Bento Dr. Martins Bento is PostDoc in the Department of Environmental Chemistry. Her expertise is the occurrence and fate of pesticides in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.