Transformations

for sustainable development

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. ...read more

13.07.2015

Sustainability Prize for ISOE-Researcher: Honoured Research on the Impact of Nanoparticles on the Environment

In nanotechnology material no bigger than a ten thousandths of a millimeter are being developed an applied. These "midget particles" offer numerous advantages but also involve risks that have so far only been partially investigated. For her dissertation on the toxic effects of silver nanoparticles...more


07.07.2015

Future Earth: ISOE-Researchers now Members of the German Committee for Sustainability Research

ISOE researchers Diana Hummel and Alexandra Lux have been admitted as associate members to the German Committee for Sustainability Research in Future Earth (DKN). The committee is an advisory body and contact for the international research program for global sustainability "Future Earth". It joins...more


22.06.2015

Sustainable Water Resources Management for the Nidda Catchment Area

Nutria at the Nidda river

The major part of German surface waters does currently not attain the good to very good ecological status required by the EU Water Framework Directive. That is why the Federal Ministry of Education and Research has tendered various research projects on sustainable water management for regional...more


22.06.2015

ISOE-Research Unit Biodiversity and People

field flowers

The ISOE has re-orientated its former research unit “Population Dynamics and Supply”. Since May 2015 it has now been headed by Marion Mehring under its new name “Biodiversity and People”. With this new orientation the ISOE is deepening its long-standing expertise in biodiversity research and is at...more


24.06.2015

GreenTec Award 2015 for Research Project Semizentral

The international research project “SEMIZENTRAL” has received one of the GreenTec Awards 2015. The team under the leadership of the Technical University Darmstadt (chair of wastewater technology, IWAR) was awarded the prize in the category “Urbanisation” due to the impressive contribution it made...more


06.05.2015

Scientific E-Journal “Sustainability”: Thomas Jahn Member of a section editorial board

Thomas Jahn, spokesperson of the executive board of the ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, has been admitted to the section editorial board Social Ecology and Sustainability of the scientific e-journal “Sustainability”. Since 2009, the English Open Access Journal has been publishing...more


13.04.2015

Water for the dry season – Handing over the floodwater harvesting plant in Iipopo, central-northern Namibia

During the rainy season normally there is abundant rain- and surface water sufficient for irrigation purposes available in northern Namibia. During average rainy seasons, the widely branched river arms in the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin, the Oshanas, carry large quantities of water which evaporate during...more


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