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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


25 years ISOE: conference „Lost in the Anthropocene? Sustainable Science in the Era of Mankind“

Humankind is shaping nature to such an extent that not only natural but also societal processes are increasingly becoming a significant driving force on this planet – this is the thesis of the anthropocene. Geoscientists have already been discussing for quite a while if an epochal change towards an...more


Millennium Development Goals: the impact of environmental changes on food security

The right to food is a human right. Accordingly, the fight against under- and malnutrition is among the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. However, the current UN Report shows that worldwide one out of eight persons suffers from hunger. What kind of strategies could contribute to...more


Global Handwashing Day 2014: washhouses in Namibia

Sanitation facility in Outapi/Namibia

The World Health Organization WHO has proclaimed the 15th of October as the Global Handwashing Day. Since 2008 the purpose of this day is to raise awareness about the necessity of hygiene measures which can prevent the propagation of infectious diseases. At the same time it focuses on areas of this...more


Maude Barlow as a guest at ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research

[Translate to Englisch:] Maude Barlow - Blaue Zukunft

Maude Barlow, winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize, author, and water activist from Canada, introduced her new book “Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever” at the ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.more


ISOE expands its regional focus in Africa: Joint project OPTIMASS

During the last years, a regional focus on Africa has emerged at ISOE with projects like CuveWaters, micle or SASSCAL. ISOE scientists were able to acquire a broad expertise with respect to sustainable development in Africa. Now a team from the research unit Water Resources and Land Use has started...more


Pioneering building project in Frankfurt am Main is using wastewater as a resource

[Translate to Englisch:] Spatenstich

In a district of the German city Frankfurt am Main, a new kind of passive house with 66 apartments and a daycare center is currently being built. The building will be incorporating forward-looking technologies of heat recovery from domestic wastewater. This will make the passive house even more...more


Free-floating car-sharing: positive assessment for electric vehicles

Car being charged

Users of free-floating car-sharing see electric vehicles as just as flexible and practical as conventional vehicles. In addition, electric vehicles are regarded as more environmentally-friendly and thus more attractive than conventional passenger cars. This is the finding of the first analyses...more

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