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The Institute for Social-Ecological Research

ISOE is an independent institute that develops social-ecological concepts for sustainable development. As an innovative scientific think tank we undertake transdisciplinary research for society, policy makers and industry – providing support for sound decision-making processes. more


New Approach for Water Reuse in Agriculture

Hydroponic agriculture

Regional competition over water resources is not uncommon. Due to climate change, urbanisation and the contamination of water resources, conflicts of use could intensify in the decades to come. Therefore, new methods of water treatment and water reuse are coming in useful. Within the framework of...more


Sustainable Science in the Anthropocene

Palm Jumeirah Dubai

The Anthropocene – the idea of an era of human kind – has already been debated for quite a while. Due to man’s unprecedented intervention into nature, does an era named after him have to officially replace the current Holocene epoch? During the international geological congress in Cape Town, South...more


How to Motivate Children and Young People to Practice Sustainable Consumption


Environmental protection is in high esteem among children and young people. But although youngsters are almost constantly surrounded by media and information, environmental topics are hardly conveyed to them via the usual communication channels. Furthermore, the connection between sustainability...more


Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – Contributions to knowledge transfer


How can decision makers from the field of politics in Europe get sufficiently informed on biodiversity and ecosystem services? In order to clarify the need for action regarding the preservation of biological diversity, targeted knowledge transfer between science and politics is required. The...more


Municipalities and Demographic Change: Strategies for the Creation of Liveable Small Towns

Timber-framed buildings in Eschwege

Demographic change counts amongst the greatest challenges that communities are currently facing. How will they manage to maintain the quality of life and the location quality if infrastructures and municipal services don’t any longer correspond with the age and population structure. In the new...more


German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat): Evaluation on ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research

ISOE Executive Board

Today, the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) has published its evaluation on ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research. The report acknowledges the central role that the Institute plays in the field of sustainability research and, with Frankfurt’s Social Ecology,...more


New Research Project „PlastX“: How to Sustainably Deal With Plastic?

Plastic rubbish garbage pollution in ocean c

Plastic is part of our daily lives. It can be used in various way, it is robust and cheap to produce. But plastic is mainly made from mineral oil and as a waste product it pollutes the environment. Which role does this ambivalent material play within society and what are its environmental impacts?...more

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Institute report 2015

Institute report 2015
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