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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


Climate change and migration in the Sahel region

interviewing locals on the influence of climate-induced environmental factors on migration decisions in Linguère/Senegal

In the debate on climate change, the argument is often advanced that there will be a global increase in “climate refugees”. However, so far there is scant evidence for the link between climate change, environmental change, and migration. The MICLE research project, which is being funded by the...more


Pharmaceutical residues in waterways: How to properly dispose of drugs?

Pharmaceutical drugs

Waterways contaminated by the residue of pharmaceutical drugs are a global environmental problem. More than 150 different drugs have also been detected in almost all the waterways in Germany, including ground- and drinking water reservoirs. Trace contaminants from painkillers, antibiotics,...more


Resilience conference in southern France: Scientist from ISOE presents new research

At the international conference “Resilience 2014 – Resilience and Development: Mobilizing for transformation” from May 4th to May 8th in Montpellier/France, more than 800 scientists from around the world discussed how resilience – the capacity to deal with change and continue to develop – can be...more


World’s largest plant for alternative wastewater management in China: ISOE supports accompanying research

[Translate to Englisch:] Qingdao

The world’s first plant for novel sanitation systems with greywater reuse, which is supplying an entire city district in a decentralized way, took up operations in China at the end of April. The plant is the result of a long-standing German-Chinese research cooperation. During the implementation...more


ISOE evaluates water partnerships in Africa


On behalf of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), ISOE evaluates water partnerships in several African countries. With the partnerships within the International Water Stewardship Program (IWaSP), GIZ is taking a new approach in regions affected by water scarcity.more


CuveWaters research project at the IFAT 2014: “Aquadome” at the BMBF-booth

WaterChanges Aquadome

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will also be present at the IFAT, the world’s largest trade fair for environmental technology in Munich/Germany. From May 5th to May 9th, the BMBF will be presenting current research results from its funding priority “Sustainable water...more


ISOE will host the winners of the Science Forum “Green Talents” 2014

Green Talents

“Green Talents” is an international competition in which the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) annually honors young researchers from the field of sustainability research. This fall, the 25 award winners will be invited for a two-week stay to Germany to meet leading...more

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