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Christian Bruhn

Biochemist (Diploma)

Senior Web Developer


Christian Bruhn works as a Senior Web Developer for Ecologic Institute. He designs, builds and manages project-related websites with a focus on web accessibility, responsive web and interface design as well as database concepts and data visualization. Christian predominately uses the content management system (CMS) Drupal. He works in German and English.

Christian Bruhn advises clients and project teams regarding website concepts, structural design and technical usefulness. Accordingly, he programmes customer as well as project-specific modules. For various European research projects - funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and Horizon 2020 - such as POCACITO, NETGREEN and multEE, he developed a set of tools for project management within the internal area of the projects' websites. To create interactive web 2.0 platforms, he uses among other things HTML5, CSS3 and Ajax. Using Javascript-based graphics libraries such as D3.js in projects such as RECREATE, he visualizes diverse data from different sources, including the open source data providers by Eurostat and the OECD. Another of his special focal points is the integration of geographical information into both web presences - like DEMEAU or REFORM - and data presentation.

Christian Bruhn trains international project teams in the operation of web applications and is involved in the planning and implementation of e-learning portals. In addition, he is responsible for technical support, maintenance and the development of the institute’s own website. As the developer of the Webform Invitation module he is an active member of the Drupal community. Christian Bruhn supports the Open Source philosophy and the development of Drupal, in 2013 he became a member of the Drupal Association.

Prior to being employed at Ecologic Institute, Christian worked as a web developer for various internet agencies, where he focused on the development of social communities and online shop systems. As an employee at the University of Potsdam (Germany), he led tutorials on various topics related to internet technologies and media design and managed websites disseminating material for university courses.

Christian studied biochemistry at the University of Potsdam. He also spent a year living in California (USA) near Yosemite National Park.

In his spare time, Christian programmes various applications and browser plugins for online games. The user base of his software includes tens of thousands of players worldwide.

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Selected projects by Christian Bruhn
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Nature is important for the urban environment: trees grant shade during the summer months, while parks and lakes function as areas for relaxation, as places where the urban population comes together, and as space where children can experience nature and learn about it... Read more

Nature Based Urban Innovation (NATURVATION)

BRIGAID: Testen, Business Development und Marketing
Climate adaptation innovations could significantly reduce Europe's exposure to climate hazards such as droughts, floods, and extreme weather. However, many innovations fail to reach the market because innovators lack the funds and ability to turn their prototypes into... Read more

Bridging the Gap for Innovations in Disaster Resilience (BRIGAID)


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Complex use conflicts such as those arising around the management of water resources require the coordination and cooperation of public authorities and stakeholders across very different thematic areas and geographic scales. The goal of STEER is to explore innovative... Read more
The Research Network in Climate, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials (RECREATE) will assess the impacts of research and innovation in Europe and beyond, as well as derive an outlook and recommendations for future research priorities in the fields of climate, resource... Read more

Research Network in Climate, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials (RECREATE)

TeilnehmerInnen des Pocacito-Kick-Off-Meetings
In the transition to a post-carbon economy and sustainable societies, cities will be faced with unique challenges. POCACITO focused on uncovering how to improve the resilience of cities and regions in order to reduce existing and emerging conflicts over resources and... Read more

Post-Carbon Cities in Europe: A Long-Term Outlook (POCACITO)

A new Ecologic Institute led research project on EU climate policy, called "CECILIA2050" has taken off with an internal kick-off meeting, the website launch and a first public event at the climate summit in Doha, Qatar. The three-year project is to draft recommendations... Read more

Combining Policy Instruments to Achieve Europe's 2050 Climate Targets (CECILIA2050)


Photo: Ewa Iwaszuk

Cities and their peripheries are constantly confronted with challenges such as urban sprawl, climate change and pollution. These processes can exacerbate the degradation of natural ecosystems, and jeopardize ecosystem service provisioning with negative consequences for... Read more

International Cooperation to Restore and Connect Urban Environments in Latin America and Europe (INTERLACE)



The KOPOS project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Its goal is to establish regional supply structures in order to increasingly reconnect urban and rural areas and to practice environmentally friendly management. In the project... Read more
Selected publications by Christian Bruhn
STEER toolbox screenshot

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Ecologic Institute has recently launched the Diagnostic Water Governance Tool, which is aimed at both water governance practitioners and researchers around the world. The tool provides a diagnosis of case-specific water governance as well as recommendations of... Read more

Stein, Ulf; Bueb, Benedict; Tröltzsch, Jenny; Vidaurre, Rodrigo; Knieper, Christian (2020). STEER Diagnostic Water Governance Tool.

Titelseite Nutzerhandbuch Runder Tisch Meeresmüll

Ecologic Institut 2020

This user manual supports the members of the German Roundtable on Marine Litter in using the internet platform In the internal area of the platform, members have various possibilities to present their organization and its activities for... Read more

Kemper, M., K. Lehmann, C. Bruhn und I. Merbold (2020): Nutzerhandbuch für Mitglieder – Internetplattform Runder Tisch Meeresmüll Ecologic Institut. Berlin. Unveröffentlicht.

What can consumers, citizens, companies and local decision-makers do to make our economies more sustainable? 30 research projects were funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) to research this and other aspects of a transition to a more... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2019: Nachhaltige Ideen für den Alltag. Interactive Infographic. Online:

The production of food results in by-products. Instead of disposing them as waste, they can also be valorised into new products. This quiz lets you find out what new products can be made from this food waste. The player scrolls two image galleries and chooses two... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2019: Quiz: Food Waste Valorisation. Online:

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.

Urban Nature Atlas
So far, the Urban Nature Atlas has collected evidence on 1000 nature-based solutions (NBS) interventions. With that, it provides the most comprehensive basis for the analysis of socio-economic and innovation patterns associated with urban NBS in Europe. Ecologic... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2018: Urban Nature Atlas – NATURVATION. URL:

Ecologic Institute has recently launched an online collaboration facility that helps climate innovators bring new solutions to market: the BRIGAID Market Analysis Framework (MAF+). By helping to identify actual market needs for solutions against droughts, floods and... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2017: "The BRIGAID Market Analysis Framework (MAF+)".  Web. November 2017. Online:

The CIRCULAR IMPACTS project website has been updated with an evidence library on the circular economy. The Circular Impacts online library created by Ecologic Institute centralizes information related to the circular economy transition. The library helps policy... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2016: CIRCULAR IMPACTS Online Library. URL:

Ecologic Institute developed an easy-to-use web tool that displays ETS auctioning revenue data for the EU Member States since the beginning of the third trading period in 2013. The intuitive and navigable web interface is designed to be used by the public as well as... Read more

Bruhn, Christian and Eike Karola Velten 2016: "ETS Auctioning Revenues Scoreboard". MaxiMiseR. N.p. Web. 14 December 2016. Online: