Pie chart for types of TIMBRE partner
Pie chart for types of TIMBRE partner

Timbre consists of a consortium of 15 partners which have an international reputation for scientific excellence and a broad experience in delivering sustainable brownfield regeneration approaches and technologies to end-users at the European and national levels. Moreover, the project will be supported by an International Advisory Board of renowned experts.

Timbre is a truly European consortium that integrates the key players in the research area of sustainable brownfield regeneration methods and technologies as well as an industry partner and five highly experienced and motivated small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)


Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ (Germany) (Coordination)
The UFZ was established in 1991 as a centre in the Helmholtz Association to be exclusively devoted to environmental research. It currently employs over 900 people. With its long research experience in measuring and monitoring brownfield, opencast mining and other industrial sites, UFZ has acquired renowned expertise and the resources to be realised in the TIMBRE project. UFZ has participated in more than 130 EC funded projects, many of which developed innovative methods and technologies for brownfield regeneration as well as sustainability indicator and assessment tools.
Center for Applied Geosciences at the University of Tübingen (Germany)
The Center for Applied Geosciences (ZAG) has an international reputation of excellence in European environmental research. A personnel of currently ca. 100 researchers is engaged in about 80 projects funded by EC and national institutions. Risk-based contaminated land development and related core topics is one of ZAG’s major research foci. The center’s expertise is documented through significant involvement in large multidisciplinary national and international research projects such as AquaTerra, WELCOME, GRACOS, SOWA, etc. The ZAG brings broad experience in the development of decision support systems into the TIMBRE project.
Institute of Geonics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic)
The Institute of Geonics (IOG) was established in 1982 as an Institute of Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Today the institute has over 100 employees. The research is focused on a wide spectrum of environmental geography´s issues including e.g. social and spatial effects of the restructuralization of urban systems, sustainable development of peripheral rural areas, impacts of industry developments on landscape, social aspects of natural hazards, etc.  Research on social aspects of brownfield sites has been integrated in the research plan of IOG since 2006.
University Ca' Foscari of Venice (Italy)
University Ca' Foscari of Venice has an internationally outstanding reputation of academic excellence in both teaching and research. The Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics has long research experience in the development of integrated approaches and tools for human health and ecological risk assessment and management of contaminated areas and brownfields at regional and site-specific scale and in the development of Decision Analysis methodologies for supporting the decision-making process. The research group participated to several national and international research projects dealing with the development of Expert Systems and Decision Support Systems. This expertise can support the implementation of the TIMBRE project.
Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, (Romania)
The UTCB was established in 1948 but it has developed as the heir of The School of Bridges and Roads, Mines and Architecture, that was founded in 1864. The university has a remarkable academic staff, having more than 560 members, who have distinguished themselves both through the results of their teaching and researching activity. UTCB, by the Faculty of Hydrotechnics, is currently involved in environmental engineering: soil and groundwater protection, contaminated environment remediation, mathematical and laboratory modeling for environment pollution forecast etc. It took part in the consortium for National Strategy for the Management of Contaminated Areas in Romania.
Technical University of Denmark, Department of Environmental Engineering (Denmark)
The Department of Environmental Engineering (DTU Environment) is a department at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) aiming at developing technical and sustainable solutions to minimize the impact of society on the environment through research and teaching in water supply, waste water, solid waste, hydrology, geology, ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry and microbiology at an international level. DTU Environment is one of Europe’s largest university groups specializing in environment and resources, and many projects focus on brownfield regeneration. Research is conducted by a staff of 28 faculty members, approximately 20 research assistant professors and post-doctoral fellows, and 30-35 Ph.D. students.
National Agency for Environmental Protection – NEPA (Romania)
The National Environmental Protection Agency – NEPA was established by the Governmental Decision no. 1625/23.12.2003 and is a specialised authority of the public central administration, subordinated to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, having competencies in implementing environmental policies and legislation. National Environmental Protection Agency has in its order 34 Local Environmental Protection Agencies (LEPAs) and 8 Regional Environmental Protection Agencies (REPAs). NEPA participated at setting up the legislation in the field of soil and subsoil protection and ensures the technical support for drawing up of the procedures for the implementation of the methodological guidelines on the investigation and rehabilitation of the contaminated sites. NEPA also contributed to setting up the first national inventory and database of contaminated/potentially contaminated sites din Romania.
Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas (Poland)
The Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas (IETU), is an independent research and development unit acting under the Polish Ministry of Environment. IETU research agenda comprises: land management, integrated atmospheric protection, management of water resources, risk analysis and assessment, soil and groundwater remediation technologies, integrated environmental monitoring and modelling, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental microbiology, environmental policy, geostatistical analyses, public involvement. IETU R&D activities especially address supporting decision-making processes aimed at enforcement of the sustainability principle in environmental management as well as legal, institutional and organisation settings of contaminated environment rehabilitation. IETU staff consists of 96 members including 52 scientists which are experts from disciplines relevant to geology, hydrogeology, waste management, health and ecological risk assessment, environmental management, spatial planning, environmental policy and instruments. IETU has been actively co-operating with R&D units, academia and governmental bodies at home and internationally.
SolGeo AG (Switzerland)
The SolGeo AG is an independent consulting office in the fields of geotechnics, environment and contaminated sites, field-measurements and on-site investigations and hydrogeology. SolGeo AG has been the branch Geotechnisches Institut AG in Solothurn (one of the bigger environmental and geological consultant offices in Switzerland) until last year. It has been founded in 1989 and since then been active in the business. SolGeo AG with 7 staff members has a large experience in field investigations with different techniques (pore air, soil and groundwater examinations).
geo-log GmbH (Germany)
geo-log is a leading provider of specialized high quality environmental services to the environmental consulting and research community including in-situ remediation services and Direct Push based sensing and sampling investigation technologies throughout Europe. Designed to enhance the remediation from site characterization till closure, geo-log environmental services combine proprietary technologies and techniques with our equipment innovations for superior results in the field. geo-log site investigations rely on high-resolution site characterization tools and techniques coupled with dynamic work strategies and detailed conceptual site models. This integrated solution provides a flexible and reliable platform for delivering defensible results.
GeoExperts Dr. Kühne & Partner (Germany)
GeoExperts is a consulting company, which works for public and private investors in the brownfield regeneration. With 14 staff members, GeoExperts has planned and supervised numerous projects such as the regeneration of former industrial sites (mining or cokery sites, steel factories) but also the regeneration of inner-city administrative or shopping buildings and complexes. Due to the development of tailor-made investigation programs, the elaboration of environmentally friendly deconstruction schemes and the prognosis / measurement of emissions, the impact into the environment could be minimized. Further aspects of GeoExperts during these projects are the focus on a maximum re-use of building materials, the adequate separation / deposition of building contaminants and the increase in working safety during the deconstruction measures.
Zabar Group Holding Sàrl (Luxembourg)
The Zabar Group Luxembourg is the holding of a large real estate portfolio and developer of regeneration projects in Europe. Under the directive of Zabar Group Holding Sàrl large residential buildings and commercial buildings have been acquired and redeveloped. The Zabar Group is involved in brownfield regeneration projects in Europe (e.g. Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland).
University of French Country Besançon, Laboratory of nanoscience, capteurs, membranes (NCM) UTINAM (France)
tl_files/timbre/p/partners/ufc.jpgtl_files/timbre/p/partners/utinam.jpgUTINAM (Univers, Transport, Interfaces, Nanostructures, Atmosphère et environnement, Molécules) is a laboratory of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and also affiliated with the University of French County Besançon. It was founded in 2007 through the fusion of three CNRS laboratories of the region of Besançon. UTINAM’s staff consists of 87 scientists and administrative personal. The laboratory consists of three research groups that deal with different scales of structures and dynamics of isolated systems and their complex interactions with the environment. The knowledge on structures and dynamics is applied to technical solutions such as the modelling of heterogeneous chemistry of atmospheric interfaces or the development of active thin layers. Within the research group, the main research topics of the six scientists involved in the field of Nanostructure and Transport (Nanoscience, Capteurs, Membranes – NCM) are investigation of functionality of surfaces, analyses of colloids and surfaces modifications and application of membrane processes (e.g. transportation) for water treatments and membrane modifications and characterization. Based on these research activities, the NCM team develops new strategies and technologies for remediation of water and soil.
JENA-GEOS®-Ingenieurbüro GmbH (Germany)
JENA-GEOS® Engineering Office Ltd. was funded in 1990 and performs complex geo-scientific research and consulting services at home and abroad as an independent enterprise. JENA-GEOS® currently employs about 30 colleagues. Besides multifaceted other fields of activity, JENA-GEOS® dealt with wide-ranging tasks of investigation, survey, risk assessment, remediation planning and monitoring of industrial and military brownfields since 1991. Until today, the company has processed about 1.800 sites regarding the issues of brownfield contaminations, so that JENA-GEOS® is able to look back on long-term practical experience in brownfield revitalization. JENA-GEOS® also dealt with questions of risk-prognosis and monetization of brownfields in the frame of numerous research projects and developed innovative patented evaluation tools for cost-optimized and integrated site development of brownfields.
GESA mbH (Corporation for Brownfield Development and Decontamination) (Germany)
The GESA Society for brownfield development and decontamination Ltd. is a company of the Federal agency for special tasks (BvS, formerly Treuhandanstalt THA). GESA-activities are currently restricted to the federal states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Berlin, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and Thuringia. The properties of GESA comprise some 2.980 ha of land covering landfills, waste sites, brownfields and industrial wastelands.

Group photo of TIMBRE partner from 2011

Group photo of TIMBRE partner at Kick-off meeting in Leipzig, Germany in June 2011
Group photo of TIMBRE partner at Kick-off meeting in Leipzig, Germany in June 2011