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Lena Aebli


Lena Aebli


Visual Designer


Lena Aebli works as a visual designer for the Ecologic Institute. Her work focuses on graphic, illustration and motion design. She supports the scientific, policy-related environmental work of the Institute with her expertise in graphic design and illustration of digital and print media. Lena Aebli works in German and English.

Lena Aebli's main interest lies in communication via videos and animated infographics. She was responsible for the creative implementation of the film production "Traces in the Arctic" (Spuren in der Arktis) of the research project "Environmental Guidelines for a German Arctic Policy" for the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). She drew and animated a 4-minute explanatory film, that was premiered at the Natural History Museum in Berlin for the conference of the Arctic science ministers in 2018. For the UBA "Information Platform on River Restoration", implemented by Ecologic Institute, she was responsible for the video editing of a documentation that informs potential stakeholders about implementation options and developed (interactive) infographics. In the European research project "Resource-efficient use of food in the entire supply chain (REFRESH)", Lena Aebli was responsible for the video editing, sound recording and animation of four project films. With animated images for the REFRESH website and various social media channels, she also supported the public relations work of the project. She designed the interactive infographics "Sustainable ideas for everyday life" for the project "Scientific coordination of the funding measure Sustainable Management (NaWiKo)", funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Before working as an in-house designer at Ecologic Institute, Lena Aebli worked as camerawoman and cutter, producing brochures, flyers and posters for various agencies and private clients, including Die Junge Akademie and 365 Grad Sherpas.

Lena Aebli completed her preliminary course at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Zürich in Switzerland and studied visual communication at the Universität der Künste in Berlin from 2000 to 2005.

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Selected publications by Lena Aebli
Graphical illustration of potential impacts of microplastics in the environment.

Are microplastics harmful? The ecotoxicological assessment of microplastics in the environment is a complex task


© Ecologic Institute 2022, CC-BY 4.0

Whether or not microplastics have harmful effects on plants and animals has not yet been conclusively established. The different properties of microplastics determine whether and how the microplastics are absorbed by living organisms and whether they are harmful to them... Read more

Ecologic Institute (2022): Plastics in the Environment. Are microplastics harmful? Infographic CC-BY 4.0. Online:

Cover "Compendium on Plastics in the Environment

© Ecologic Institute

This compendium, published by Ecologic Institute, aims to sharpen relevant terms and thereby aims to contribute to the heterogeneity of the scientific community on "plastics in the environment". In addition, the brochure is intended to help ensure that communication... Read more

Suggested citation: J. Bertling*, C. G. Bannick, L. Barkmann, U. Braun, D. Knoblauch, C. Kraas, L. Mederake, F. Nosić, B. Philipp, M. Rabe, I. Sartorius, H. Schritt, U. Stein, K. Wencki, K. Wendt-Potthoff, J. Woidasky (2022): Compendium on Plastics in the Environment, 1st edition 2022.

*Corresponding author

In January 2019, Germany made a big step towards a coal phase-out: A stakeholder commission established by the federal government agreed on a schedule for plant retirement and on measures to support coal regions. For experts and journalists seeking to understand the... Read more

German Institute for Economic Research, Wuppertal Institute, Ecologic Institute (eds.) 2019: Phasing out Coal in the German Energy Sector. Interdependencies, Challenges and Potential Solutions.

Cover of the publication "Our brooks and rivers". Background image shows a restored river basin.

© Umweltbundesamt

This brochure provides insights into the contents of the Federal Environment Agency's online information platform "River restoration". The aim of the platform and this brochure is to motivate and support potential actors for increased implementation of river restoration... Read more

Federal Environment Agency (ed.) 2020: Unsere Bäche und Flüsse: renaturieren – entwickeln – naturnah unterhalten. Compiled by Lamberty G., Kemper M. und Naumann S., Dessau-Roßlau.


© Forum Fischschutz und Fischabstieg

This Fact Sheet provides an overview of the European legal basis for fish protection at hydraulic engineering structures. The fact sheet "Fischschutzziele in Europa (Fish protection objectives in Europe)" is available for download. The key messages of Fact Sheet No.... Read more

Keuneke, Rita; Edith Massmann and Stephan Naumann 2020: Fischschutzziele in Europa. Überblick über die europäischen Rechtsgrundlagen des Fischschutzes an Wasserbauwerken. Ingenieurbüro Floecksmühle GmbH, Umweltbundesamt: Aachen, Dessau-Roßlau.


© Forum Fischschutz und Fischabstieg

This fact sheet provides an overview of fish protection instruments in Germany. The fact sheet "Ziele für den Fischschutz und Fischabstieg in Deutschland (Targets for Fish Protection in Germany)" is available for download. The key messages of fact sheet No. 02 are: ... Read more

Keuneke, Rita and Edith Massmann 2020: Ziele für den Fischschutz und Fischabstieg in Deutschland. Überblick über Instrumente des Fischschutzes in Deutschland. Ingenieurbüro Floecksmühle GmbH: Aachen.


© Forum Fischschutz und Fischabstieg

This Fact Sheet provides methodological recommendations for quantifying the risk of harm and mortality to fish during passage from hydropower sites. The fact sheet "Evaluierung primärer Schädigung von Fischen an Wasserkraftstandorten (Evaluation of primary injury to... Read more

Wagner, Falko and Peter Warth 2020: Evaluierung primärer Schädigung von Fischen an Wasserkraftstandorten. Methodische Empfehlungen zur Quantifizierung des Schädigungs- und Mortalitätsrisikos von Fischen bei der Passage von Wasserkraftstandorten.  Institut für Gewässerökologie & Fischereibiologie Jena: Jena.


© Forum Fischschutz und Fischabstieg

In 2014, the "Forum Fischschutz und Fischabstieg" was able to develop a common understanding of the size of a screen up to which functioning mechanical fish protection and descent systems, including the necessary cleaning technology, can be implemented. The objective of... Read more

Keuneke, Rita 2021: Technische Funktionsfähigkeit großer Fischschutzrechen in der Praxis bestätigt. Betriebserfahrungen mit großen Rechenanlagen. Ingenieurbüro Floecksmühle GmbH: Aachen.


© Forum Fischschutz und Fischabstieg

This fact sheet examines the functional elements of a fish protection system and explains when a rake is a fish protection rake. The fact sheet "Wann ist ein Rechen ein Fischschutzrechen? (When is a rake a fish protection rake?)" is available for download. The key... Read more

Wagner, Falko 2021: Wann ist ein Rechen ein Fischschutzrechen? Die funktionalen Elemente eines Fischschutzsystems. Institut für Gewässerökologie & Fischereibiologie Jena: Jena.