Successful service provider in the field of ecological research

The Institute for Applied Ecosystem Research (IfAÖ) has been offering customized and customer-oriented solutions to problems in the field of environmental protection and ecological research since 1993. Main activities are the description of marine, limnic and terrestrial ecosystems as well as the documentation, prognosis and assessment of changes caused both naturally and by human activities.

From the preparation of research concepts to the implementation of major international projects

We conduct research and provide consulting services on behalf of companies as well as state and federal authorities. We can provide the broad expertise of more than 100 employees at three locations in northern Germany and extensive technical equipment including laboratories. This enables us to offer our clients a wide range of services - from the preparation of investigation concepts to regional mapping work and procedural support for major international projects.

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IfAÖ GmbH is part of the GICON® Group, a group of independent engineering and consulting companies. Within the group, more than 400 permanent employees work at locations in Germany and around the world. This bundling of different competencies enables us to handle complex issues and services from a single source with ease.


Sandra Esch is the new commercial director of IfAÖ Institut für Angewandte Ökosystemforschung GmbH (IfAÖ) as of 1 January 2023. The business graduate thus joins Ralf Trapphoff and Frank Wolf in the management team.

The GICON® Group has been awarded the CrefoZert creditworthiness certificate 2022 by Creditreform Dresden Aumüller KG. This means that Group is one of 1.7 percent of all German companies meeting the strict criteria for the certificate.

GICON® company magazine 2021 / II now available.