The Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus (UFS) was established in 1999 and is Germany’s highest research station at 2652 m, just below the summit of Zugspitze.
Researchers from many different institutions are conducting here on ongoing measurements or are working on innovative studies.
But the Schneefernerhaus is not only a research center, but offers also the possibilities to host workshops or seminars with a scientific orientation or within the context of sustainable education.
Besides the ten members of the consortium, who have permanently rented labs, there is the possibility for every interested scientist to apply with a research project at the Science Team of the UFS, and to use the Schneefernerhaus’ facilities after approval.
Representatives of the members of the consortium are building the consortium board, which deals with policy issues of the consortium.
The station can be reached by a cable car via Zugspitzplatt. The cable car is run by the team of the UFS GmbH and can transport eight persons at once (see Arrival and Departure).
Since 2007 the team of the UFS GmbH is responsible for the maintenance of the station.
It acts as a service partner for the researchers. A very important role plays the technical personal: it understands to work under the harsh alpine conditions and to support and motivate the scientists by every means possible. Further tasks are the management of the conference rooms, the overnight facilities as well as safety issues of this very exposed location.
Since first of July 2020, Peter Marton is the Executive Director of the Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus GmbH. During daytime, he and his team are permanently at the Schneefernerhaus and are running the station. Their main tasks are to maintain the infrastructure of the station, to take care of visitors and to support the researchers.
During the last years, the BG UFS GmbH started - in cooperation with its scientific partners - investigative projects by itslef. Thereby the aim is to broaden the facilities and opportunities for their researchers.
At the head office (bifa Umweltinstitut) in Augsburg three more employees, including the authorized officer, are responsible for the accounting and human resources.
The shareholders of the UFS GmbH are the borough and the county of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the borough of Grainau and the State of Bavaria. The shareholder obligations of the State of Bavaria are borne by both the Bavarian Ministry of Finance and the Bavarian Envionment and Health Ministry. See also our corporate information page.