One of the objectives of the CMK as an institute is to concentrate the research of its different research groups on a limited number of common topics. At the moment, the CMK research aims at three fields (core competence fields). On the one hand, this choice was made on the basis of a thorough inventory and evaluation of the available expertise, but on the other hand also on the basis of the national and international reputation in the different fields. Furthermore, CMK also looked at the future perspectives and financing possibilities of each research field. The cross-group spearheads strategy leads to a complementarity of the research groups. This complementarity provides a lot of advantages concerning the reinforcement of the critical mass, efficient use of equipment, ‘cross-pollination’ and increased possibilities to acquire projects.
The following core competence fields have been determined:
- Effects of (a)biotic stress factors at different biological organisation levels: from molecular to ecosystem level
- Remediation and management of contaminated soils – Renewable energy production
- Policy supporting environmental research
The complexity of the environmental problems requires a multidisciplinary approach.
Seven research groups from three departments and from the four faculties participate in the research within the three core competence fields. Altogether, 13 members of the independent academic staff, 12 postdoctoral researchers, about 35 PhD students and 10 members of the technical and supporting staff are involved in this.
- Environmental biology
- Biodiversity, phylogeny and population studies
- Molecular and physical plant science
- Cellular physiology
- Applied and analytical chemistry
- Environmental Economics