The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe or BGR) is a German agency within the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. It acts as a central geoscience consulting institution for the German federal government. The headquarters of the agency is located in Hanover and there is a branch in Berlin. Early 2013, the BGR employed a total of 795 employees. Three organizations - The BGR, the State Authority for Mining, Energy and Geology and the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics - form the Geozentrum Hanover. All three institutions have a common management and infrastructure, and complement each other through their interdisciplinary expertise.
BGR provides neutral and independent advice and information about all geoscientific and natural resource issues. With this, they support the federal government in their following objectives:
Stimulating economic development
Long-term protection and improvement of the quality of life
Enhancing technical and scientific expertise
The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources is committed to sustainable use of natural resources and protection of the human habitat. As a neutral institution feeling responsible for the future they advise ministries and the European Community and act as partners in industry and science.
Based on its foundation articles, BGR performs duties in the following fields of scientific research:
Final Disposal of Radioactive Waste
Deep Subsurface Use; Geological CO2 Storage
International Geoscientific Cooperation
Geoscientific Information and Fundamentals
Nuclear Weapons Test Ban; Geo-hazard Assessment
BGR's work is supported by a modern scientific-technical infrastructure. Laboratories, collections, equipment and technical expertise are developed and provided as required for executing specific projects. In addition, central technical services such as the library, public relations work and information technology guarantee documentation and target-group oriented provision of data, information and publications.
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