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KATALYSE - Institut für angewandte Umweltforschung

Environment, health, development
– our commitment to the future

KATALYSE, the Cologne Institute for Applied Environmental Research, was one of the first independent environmental institutes in Germany. Since 1978, our team of scientists, drawn from a broad range of disciplines, has been working to protect the environment and human health and to promote sustainable development in North and South.

Our chosen name KATALYSE – meaning CATALYSIS – is a symbol for our quest to speed processes up or set them on a different path.

We view ourselves as a ‘think tank’ for viable concepts on the path towards sustainable development.

We see our work within a social-ecological research perspective, applying methods and tools drawn from classic environmental research to address the complex issues of globalizing environment and development problems.

Because we are independent, we are able to take a critical stance in our environmental research and consumer advocacy. As a non-profit organization, we finance ourselves through project funding, donations, sustaining members and contract work.


KATALYSE - Institut für angewandte Umweltforschung
Remigiusstr. 21
50937 Köln
Tel: +49 (0)221/944048-0
Fax: +49 (0)221/944048-9

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