Our research is interdisciplinary and application-oriented. Thanks to the collaboration of lecturers from different disciplines and the intensive networking between the departments of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Forestry at the same campus ("Green Education, Skills and Transfer Centre"), we are able to find holistic solutions to scientific problems. In addition to close and long-standing contacts in the field, our research activities are largely influenced by national and international research collaborations.
The focus of our research is on sustainable development in its ecological, economic and social dimensions, for example in the areas of sustainable land use, regenerative energies, biodiversity/biodiversity conservation and wood logistics, as well as cultural landscape development.Our faculty primarily concentrates on the research area III "Sustainable planning and construction, land use and resource management".
A core element of our infrastructure is our "green campus" in Leipziger Straße, which includes a modern experimental greenhouse (2,400 square metres), large outdoor experimental and demonstration areas (3.5 hectares) and a landscape teaching park with historic trees and shrubs (arboretum).
Since October 2016, our "Green Campus" has also been the location and cooperation partner of the "Competence Centre Natura 2000", the coordination and qualification point for a unique infrastructure of Natura 2000 stations, with which Thuringia is breaking new ground in the protection of Europe's natural heritage.