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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


Adapting to climate change using the example of Namibia: natural water sources in the driest regions on earth

Omeya ogo omwenyo - Water is Life

Completion of the CuveWaters research and development project: Natural water sources have always been in short supply in Northern Namibia. It is becoming clear that water as a resource is going to come under increasing pressure from climate change. How can the population still be guaranteed a...more


Global Handwashing Day 2015: more and more people are using the CuveWaters washhouses in Namibia

15 October is Global Handwashing Day. By proclaiming this day, the World Health Organization WHO wants to draw attention to the vital role played by handwashing in the global struggle against infectious diseases. However, the setting up of hygiene measures is by no means a self-evident option in...more


ISOE Biodiversity Expert Appointed as Member of OpenNESS International Advisory Board

Marion Mehring, head of ISOE’s research unit ‘Biodiversity and People’ has been appointed to the international advisory board of the EU-consortium OpenNess. 35 partners from 28 countries are participating in this research project which is aiming to operationalize the two scientific concepts...more


Autonomous Vehicles: An Opportunity for Public Transport

The autonomous vehicle is approaching market maturity. This becomes obvious looking at the latest experiments and media reports which were issued on the occasion of the International Automobile Fair (IAA) in Frankfurt. According to the car producers, suppliers and technology companies, there are...more


Using Water Resources in Arid Regions: Roundtable on CuveWaters Technologies

In the project CuveWaters, a Namibian-German team of researchers has developed technologies for a decentral and sustainable water supply under the lead of ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research. The solutions for rain and floodwater harvesting, desalination and energy-efficient sanitary...more


Td Summer School 2015: Transdisciplinary Research

[Translate to Englisch:] Puzzle-Teile zusammenfügen

ISOE-Scientist Matthias Bergmann, member of the research unit Transdisciplinary Methods and Concepts and visiting professor at the Leuphana University is once again trainer at the Leuphana Summer School. For the fourth time, the Leuphana University of Lüneburg is offering a summer school on the...more


ISOE Policy Briefs – new series on the results of sustainability research


Three Policy Briefs on current topics of sustainability research are constituting the start of a new series of ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research publications. The policy briefs are summing up current research results concerning global phenomena and problems as for instance climate...more

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