Sustainability at Helmholtz Munich
We are committed to conducting research in a sustainable manner. Both in terms of choosing our research topics as well as the responsible organization and execution of our work. With our focus on environmentally induced diseases, we are exploring innovative approaches to address current and foreseeable challenges to our society posed by common chronic diseases with significant environmental and lifestyle causes. The United Nations identifies "Healthy Lives for All" as one of the 17 Sustainable Global Development Goals. Our research is intended to contribute to the identification of effective preventive measures in a changing and aging global society, to lay the groundwork for the development of new approaches to diagnosis and therapy, and to pave the way for promising discoveries to become concrete reality.
In doing so, we also always keep an eye on the sustainability of the research process itself with all facets including administration, infrastructure, energy use, IT, travel, occupational health management and mobility.
The basis of our sustainability strategy are the "Sustainability Guideline of the Helmholtz Association", the guideline "Sustainability Management in Non-University Research Organizations" and its practical implementation "Goals and Measures for Sustainable Development of the Helmholtz Association". We are a member of the working group "Forum Sustainability" of the Helmholtz Association with the aim of communicating and implementing best practices for sustainable research across all sites.
Examples and current projects for sustainable research
Health for all people includes treating our planet and our future living conditions responsibly. Here are examples from our efforts to work in a sustainable, preventative and resource-friendly manner.