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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


Wastewater as a resource: Innovative sanitation concept for Namibia

Communal sanitation facility in Outapi/Namibia

Water is a scarce commodity in Namibia. The natural resource is coming under increasing pressure due to climate change, a rapidly growing population and the exodus from rural areas. The project team of CuveWaters, led by ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, has succeeded in turning...more


Pharmaceutical substances in water – risk management through knowledge

[Translate to Englisch:] Trinkwasser

The presence of more than 100 different active pharmaceutical ingredients is regularly detected in today’s water. Residues can be found in almost all surface waters, to a degree also in groundwater, and very rarely even in drinking water. What risks does this pose for man and his environment? And...more


Zero emission mobility thanks to renewable energies: results of the European REZIPE project

REZIPE electic car in Reggio Emilia/Italy

How can municipalities promote carbon-neutral modes of transport? And what form do these propositions need to take in order to win over the population for electromobility? “REZIPE – Renewable Energies for Zero Emission Transport in Europe” is a European pilot project which put several approaches...more


Using instead of owning: the ‘sharing’ megatrend helps electromobility advance


German car manufacturers are at long last rolling out serious electric cars to coincide with the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt. But electromobility will only assert itself as a viable technology if it caters to consumers’ rapidly changing needs. The mobility experts at ISOE, Jutta...more


Imminent completion of largest CSR project in the EU: closing conference in Brussels

European flags in Brussels

The number of companies now voluntarily shouldering responsibility for sustainable development is on the rise. The development goes by the name of corporate social responsibility (CSR), and aims to reconcile social and ecological objectives with economic interests. In the ”IMPACT project – Impact...more


Advice for global biodiversity platform: ISOE at discussion between experts in Berlin

The urgent issue of protecting biological diversity needs to be discussed globally and imple-mented locally. In order to master this challenge, the United Nations founded the Intergovern-mental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in Panama in April of 2012. This platform sees...more


Demography conference in South Korea: ISOE presents newest research results

Food Market

At the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) in Busan/South Korea from August 26th till 31st, more than 2,000 scientific studies were presented. The most important international conference on demography was focussing on topics such as the global population’s life...more

Institute report 2013

Institute report 2013
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