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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


Power Saving Advice: Tapping Saving Potentials of “Heavy Consumers”

electricity meter

In Germany there are approximately 670 centres offering energy advice. But energy experts often only reach environmentally conscious households where power consumption is already low. The research project “Stromeffizienzklassen für Haushalte” (“Power efficiency classes for households”) that was...more


Water: A Future Market – Opportunities for the German Water Industry

Cover Wasser 2050

In order to secure worldwide water supply it is essential to timely invest on a big scale in new drinking water and wastewater facilities as well as into the building of sanitary facilities. But it is not only countries of the global South that are facing considerable challenges within the water...more


ISOE and GLS Bank Host Joint Event: Successful Climate Change Beyond Political Diplomacy

[Translate to Englisch:] Globus

The internationally binding climate treaty of Paris has stipulated that by 2020 at the latest, global warming is to be limited to 1.5°C. In order to achieve this goal, emissions of greehouse gases would have to be drastically reduced with immediate effect. Correspondingly ambitious action plans...more


Girls‘Day 2016: Future Day for Girls at ISOE

Inside ISOE

It is the largest professional orientation project worldwide for female students: the future day for girls. On the 28th of April 2016, companies, businesses and scientific institutions opened their doors for girls from the 5th grade on. This year, ISOE participated for the first time as a partner...more


ISOE at the Symposium of German Mobility and Traffic Researchers

Icons Mobility

The question about future of mobility remains popular: When will autonomous vehicles be part of the cityscape? Will seamlessly mixing different modes of transport be possible for all? Are we going to leave the organization of our day-to-day mobility to smartphones? Questions like these show that...more


No Society without Nature – Essays on the Development of Social Ecology

Society and nature are inseparably connected: Man is dependent on nature but at the same time his influence on nature has reached a level where one is now talking about a new era, the anthropocene. Now, how can science adequately describe, analyse, and assess the critical and complex relations...more


Pharmaceutical Residues in the Water Cycle: Technical Solutions Are Approaching their Limits

[Translate to Englisch:] Arzneimittelwirkstoffe im Trindwasser

Pharmaceutical residues that can be traced in Germany within almost all water bodies have been keeping science and water companies busy for years, the reason being that even elaborate technical procedures applied in the wastewater treatment plants cannot entirely eliminate micropollutants of...more

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Institute report 2015

Institute report 2015
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