BioFresh project

Legal Note BIOFRESH platform and webservices

Responsible persons

Dr. Jörg Freyhof
Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries
Müggelseedamm 310, 12587 Berlin, Germany

BioFresh was funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme, Theme 6 (Environment including Climate Change)
Contract No. 226874, Duration: 4.5 years, start: 1st Nov 2009

The following details are the compulsory information required by law on the identification of the provider as well as important statutory information on the website of the institutes of the Forschungsverbundes Berlin e.V.


The provider of and in legal terms is the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.

NOTE: Parts of the BioFresh website have moved after the end of BioFresh to is hosted by Fakultät für Biologie, Aquatische Ökologie & Zentrum für Wasser- und Umweltforschung(ZWU), Universität Duisburg-Essen. Follow this link for more information.

Register of Associations

The Forschungsverbund Berlin has been entered in the register of associations at Berlin-Charlottenburg District Court under the registration number VR 12174 NZ.


The Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. is represented by the Managing Director Dr. Manuela Urban together with the Board of Directors.

Sales Tax/Value Added Tax Identification Number

The sales tax/value added tax identification number of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. is DE 136785011.

Statutory Information on the Organisational Form

The Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. is the legal representative of eight scientifically independent institutes.

Legal Information on Liability

The Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. attempts to ensure the accuracy and currency of the information provided on this website. Nevertheless, it is not possible to fully exclude errors and ambiguities. The Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. does not therefore provide any guarantee of the currency, accuracy, completeness or quality of the information provided.

The Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. does not accept any liability for material or immaterial losses resulting directly or indirectly from the use or non-use of the information presented or through the use of erroneous and incomplete information, unless it can be shown that the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. has acted wilfully or with gross negligence. This also applies to the software offered for downloading free of charge. The Forschungsverbund reserves the right to change, supplement or delete parts of or the entire website without notice or to suspend it temporarily or permanently.

Responsibility for third-party content - provided for example by direct or indirect links to other providers - presupposes among other things positive knowledge of the illegal or criminal content. Third-party content is designated as such in an appropriate manner. The Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. does not have any influence over third-party content and does not take over ownership thereof. The Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. does not have any positive knowledge of illegal or offensive content to be found on the linked pages of third-party providers. Insofar as illegal or offensive content is indeed to be found on the linked pages of third-party providers, the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. hereby expressly distances itself from such content.

Legal Information on Copyright

The layout of the website, the graphics used and all other content are protected by copyright.

Legal Information on Data Protection (Data Protection Declaration)

You are permitted to visit the web pages of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. without informing us of who you are. We are only informed about standard data recorded by the web-server. This information is evaluated for statistical purposes.

It is the policy of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. to ensure that personal data be protected from misuse. Only personal data are recorded which are necessary for the fulfilment of the tasks at hand. When you provide us with your personal data, you are granting us the right to use these data for the fulfilment of the services and procedures you have chosen. This consent can be rescinded at any time.In order to provide you with the best information possible you will find links on our pages that refer to the pages of third parties. Insofar as such links are not self-evident, we expressly point out that this is an external link.

The Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. does not have any influence whatsoever on the content or design of these third-party pages. For this reason the guarantees provided by this data protection declaration do not apply to such pages. If you should have any further questions on the theme of data protection at the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. please contact the data protection officer of our association.

Privacy policy

All data on this website are processed based on the current laws and regulations (GDPR/DSGVO). Here we explain how we use the data that you make accessible to us when using our website. You can use our website without leaving or storing any personal data. If we ask for personal data (newsletter, contact form), we just use it for the case we asked for and for which you are granting permission to us. We do care for your data, we will never hand over your data to a 3rd party in any case.


If you contact us via email or a contact form via this website we will save the received information in case of further communication. The saved information will only be used for communication purposes with you and not be handed over to a 3rd party.

Server logfiles

The provider of the website (Forschungsverbund Berlin, IGB, server location: Berlin, Germany) is logging all access to the website. This includes the following information:

  • browser type and version including operating system
  • referrer URL
  • hostname, date and time of the server request

The logfile is anonymised prior to its storage, including the IP address, so it is not counting as “personal data” in sense of the GDPR/DSGVO. All logfiles will be deleted automatically after 30 days by the provider. These logfiles are only used to detect potential threats for the server, they are not be used for any statistical analyses.


Cookies are small pieces of data sent from the webserver and stored on the user's computer by the user's webbrowser while the user is browsing. They do not contain any harmful code or viruses. Only so-called "session cookies” will be set by our webserver, these will be deleted after you close your browser.

Web analytics

Part of is website uses Piwik (Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas,, an open-source web analytics software. Piwik/ will always respect your privacy. Piwik uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about the use of the website (including your IP address) is anonymized prior to its storage. The information will be safed on a server at the IGB, Berlin, Germany. Absolute no personalized information will be stored. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

User registration and login

For using the full services of the Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas we offer to register yourself by sending an email with your contact details. This registration information (name, email) is collected and stored solely for the use of our offer. By registering on the Atlas website, we further store the date and time of your registration. This serves as a hedge on our part in the event that a third party abuses your data and registers with this data without your knowledge. A comparison of these data with other data which might be collected by other components of the Freshwater Information Platform does not take place.

Your email address will only be used for personal communication regarding the entered metadata or the FMJ article. You have the option to deregister from our website at any time. Please send an email to the following address:

We never pass on any data to third parties.


Our website is using plugins to display videos stored on YouTube, (Google Company – YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA). If you are visiting a page on our website containing a YouTube video, data will be transferred from and to a YouTube server. We do not know which kind of data is transferred and how Youtube handels your data. If you are logged in with your YouTube profile, YouTube will store information which pages you visited and which videos you have wached. To avoid this you can logout at YouTube. More information about the data privacy policy of YouTube can be found at


Our website is using plugins to display content stored on Twitter (Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA). If you are visiting a page on our website containing Twitter content or use "re-tweet", data will be transferred from and to a Twitter server. If you are logged in with your Twitter profile, Twitter will store information which pages you visited. We do not know which kind of data is transferred and how Twitter handles your data. For more information about the data privacy policy of Twitter visit You privacy settings for your Twitter account could be set here:

Your rights

You have the right to get information, ask for correction or request deletion of your personal data which we might have stored any time. You can contact us if you have questions concerning your personal data and our data privacy policy via the persons and contact details named above.