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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


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


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


Future Earth: ISOE-researchers support 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


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


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

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