The Institute with its research centers and groups is structured through a hierarchical administrative system (Figure 6). The Institute is responsible for making strategic plans, managing its research facilities, and formulating policies and principles for resource allocation. The responsibilities of the research centers include making concrete research plans, coordination of research activities, recruitment of new faculty, and research facility management.
Research groups are the functional units of the Institute. Each has a Group Leader (PI) and consists of from five to more than ten scientists including full professors, associate professors, and assistant professors, as well as post doctors and graduate students. The five research centers ¾ Center of Forest Ecology and Forest Engineering, Center of Agro-Ecology and Agricultural Engineering, Center of Pollution Ecology and Environmental Engineering, Center of Landscape Ecology and Regional Planning, and Center of Biotechnology ¾ organize their research agendas around the central tasks of the Institute in ecological forestry, green agriculture, sustainable regional environment, landscape ecology, and biotechnology.
Each of the 38 research groups is assigned to one of the five Research Centers. The groups form clusters to carry out synergetic and complementary work to address important scientific problems that may help to resolve challenges related to economic development of the country and the region.