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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


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


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


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


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


World Water Day 2015: World water decade ends – Problems of global water supply stay

The World Water Day on March 22 marks the end of the UN-Decade “Water for Life” the goal of which was to improve the water supply worldwide. But access to clean water and sufficient amounts of industrial water has remained a big challenge in spite of all efforts – and this does not just apply to...more


Capital4Health – ISOE is member of the research alliance for transdisciplinary health research

The public health system is performing a balancing act: it is aiming to strengthen public health and prevent or alleviate physical diseases while at the same time trying to get the costs under control which have been soaring during the last years. The research approach of a participative health...more

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