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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


ISOE Policy Brief on biodiversity research available now


The loss of biodiversity continues to decline. The UN-Day for biodiversity on the 22nd of May is also aiming to draw attention to this development. Current research results show the main cause for the ongoing loss of biological diversity: It appears to be uncertain knowledge or a complete lack...more


ISOE supports the “March for Science”

[Translate to Englisch:] March for Science Frankfurt am Main

On April 22 – Earthday – the ‘March for Science’ took place in over 500 cities worldwide. ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research supports the international alliance and joined the rally in Frankfurt am Main. In these times of constructed realities and facts, ISOE wants to draw attention to...more


Water resources and climate change – new modeling methods offer adaptation strategies


Which modeling methods are suitable to better understand the effects of climate change? Particularly promising seem to be the so-called agent-based models (ABMs) that are for instance used in ecology or social simulations. For the thematic area of climate change they could prove to be helpful as...more


World Water Day 2017: It doesn’t always have to be drinking water – using wastewater as a resource

Watering crops

The distribution conflicts with regard to water resources are no longer limited to arid areas of our planet. Even in Germany where water is comparatively abundant, conflicts of use occasionally arise. The worldwide water demand is continously increasing. It has already come to a point where two...more


Scientists recommend realignment of biodiversity research


Current research results show the main cause behind the ongoing loss of biological diversity to be uncertain knowledge or a complete lack of knowledge about the complex links between nature and society. Scientists therefore recommend that a stronger transdisciplinary approach now be taken towards...more


International conference on oceanography and limnology: ISOE-scientist introduces PlastX


In February, 2500 scientists from around the world came together in Hawaii to discuss the current status of aquatic research. Topics in plankton ecology, coral eco-systems and the nitrogen cycle, along with the research subject of human-environment-relationships were addressed. During the session...more


Sustainable corporate management at ISOE: sustainability report published

ISOE Entrance

For over 25 years, ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research has been involved in research on the topic of sustainability. From the beginning, we also have kept an eye on our own handling of resources. In the sustainability report that has just been published, ISOE is for the first time...more

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Institute report 2017

Institute report 2017
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