LIAISE unites the leading European research organisations in the field of environmental sciences, environmental economics, policy analysis and modelling. LIAISE started in 2009 as a Network of Excellence of 15 research institutes in the field of Impact Assessment for sustainable development, funded under the EU-FP7 work programme. Since then, more institutions have joined the network.

The following organisations are part of the LIAISE Network: 


Contact: Sander Janssen -

ALTERRA is the main Dutch centre of expertise on the green environment - part of WageningenUniversity and Research Centre (Wageningen UR) - engaging in strategic and applied research to support policymaking and management at the local, national and international level. It combines expertise on ecosystems, landscape, water, climate, wildlife, forests, soils, and recreation with professional GIS and IT expertise in the Centre Geo- Information (CGI).


Contact: Klaus Jacob -

Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) is one of Germany's leading universities. The Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at the FUB is engaged in comparative environmental policy analysis, the design and evaluation of processes for Impact Assessment and the analysis and evaluation of strategies for sustainable development. Being active in basic research as well as in policy consultancy, the research centre is widely recognized acting as a science policy interface.


Contact: Pia Frederiksen -

NERI is a research institute within Aarhus University. NERI provides the scientific basis for environmental policy. The aim of the freshwater, marine and policy departments involved in LIAISE is to develop tools and methods for integrated assessment of human activity and environmental impacts, and to make this knowledge available for policy processes.


Contact: Basil Manos -

AUTH was established in 1925 and is currently the biggest University in Greece. The Department of Agricultural Economics has significant experience in agricultural economics, farm management, regional planning, environmental management, policy, Impact Assessment, decision support systems, governance, sustainable development, sustainable use of resources including biodiversity. IA and the development of IA tools are among the strategic goals of the Department.


Contact: Stefan Reis -

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is a public sector research centre of the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) conducting independent mission-driven research in close partnership with the scientific community, governments and the private sector. The development of tools for IA is central to the three integrated science programmes - Biodiversity, Water, and Biogeochemistry. CEH has long standing experience in the integration of monitoring and modelling, delivering scientific evidence to underpin policy development.


Contact: Lucas Porsch -

Ecologic Institute is a transdisciplinary research organisation, whose main focus is environmental research. The scientists at Ecologic Institute prepare political analyses and assessment reports. As a private, independent institute, Ecologic Institute dedicates itself to working on the social-political aspects of sustainability research and bringing new knowledge into the field of environmental policy. Innovative research approaches, practical relevance, and a transdisciplinary working style ensure the excellent scientific quality and societal relevance of Ecologic Institute’s work. This work encompasses the entire spectrum of environmental topics, including the integration of environmental issues in other political fields.


Contact: Jacopo Crimi -

FEEM is a non-profit, non-partisan research institution established to carry out research in the field of economics and sustainable development. It is a leading international research centre engaged in promoting interaction between academic, industrial, and public policy spheres to address concerns about economic development and environmental degradation.


Contact: Kaja Peterson -

Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre/Estonian Institute for Sustainable Development Institute is one of seven independent research institutes belonging to the global SEI network. Established in 1992, SEI Tallinn is active locally, regionally, and globally in dealing with environmental and sustainability management and governance, nature conservation, and underlying socio-economic drivers and impact analyses. Policy Impact Assessment is one of SEI Tallinn's main fields of activity and LIAISE shared research agenda will be integrated into SEI Tallinn's institution research strategy 2010-2012.


Contact: Tarja Söderman -

The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is the national research and development institute within the environmental administration of Finland. The tasks of SYKE include assessment of environmental changes, their causes and possible ways to solve them. SYKE develops, assesses and applies environmental decision support systems for sustainable development.


Contact: Begoña Sánchez -

Tecnalia Research & Innovation is a research organisation resulting from the merging of eight research organisations. TECNALIA is the leading private research and technology entity in Spain and the fifth largest in Europe. In LIAISE project Tecnalia participates with a team from Innovation Systems Unit with a support from researchers from Sustainable Development Unit. The Innovation Systems Unit is specialised in innovation policies and programmes, as a key factor in regional development. A multi-disciplinary team of 65 researchers focuses on socio-economic research aiming to give support on policy design, implementation and impact assessment.


Contact: Thomas Heckelei -, and Frank Ewert -

The team from UBO joins agricultural economists from the Institute of Food and Resource Economics focusing on economic models and crop scientists from the Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation specialized in crop growth modelling, contributing together to the integration of quantitative tools in IA. The focus of their activities in LIASE is on the economic model for European and global agriculture CAPRI ( and APES, a modular crop growth model, and their interaction and linkage with other tools.


Contact: Andrew Jordan -

UEA's internationally acclaimed School of Environmental Sciences (ENV) aims to identify and exploit more effective connections with business, policy makers and wider society in the transition to sustainability. It hosts a number of very well-established integrated research institutes, including the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, CSERGE and InteREAM, all of which include research on policy assessment.


Contact: Matthias Gross -

The UFZ was established in 1991 as the only centre in the Helmholtz Association to be exclusively devoted to environmental research. UFZ has participated in more than 110 EC funded projects, many of which developed sustainability indicator and assessment tools. UFZ's Centre of Competence for Soil, Groundwater and Site Revitalisation (TASK) is one of the more recent research and application activities in the area. Among the strategic goals of TASK are the support of stakeholders in developing and assessing sustainable development strategies.


Contact: Martin van Ittersum -

The Plant Production Systems (PPS-WU) group focuses on developing quantitative tools and approaches that enable integrated assessment of present and alternative forms of agricultural land use in temperate and tropical regions, with the strategic aim to contribute to capacity building and to enhance well-informed policy making. PPS-WU is part of the graduate school Production Ecology & Resource Conservation (PE&RC). One of the main tasks of the Graduate School is to develop and co-ordinate education and training of PhD students in this domain.


Contact: Katharina Helming -

ZALF is a German national research facility dedicated to the integrated analysis of agricultural landscape systems for sustainable management. Research activities are focused on the development of methods and tools that can be used to anticipate policy impacts on land use changes, to assess their impact on environmental, social and economic sustainability indicators and to support decision making on land use management and policy.


Contact: Klaus Rennings -

ZEW is a non-profit economic research institute which customers include the European Commission and national ministries. Within ZEW, the research area “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management” will contribute to LIAISE by bringing in expertise of practical IA studies with socio-economic modelling, especially Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models by linking economic and environmental modelling.