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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


Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – Contributions to knowledge transfer


How can decision makers from the field of politics in Europe get sufficiently informed on biodiversity and ecosystem services? In order to clarify the need for action regarding the preservation of biological diversity, targeted knowledge transfer between science and politics is required. The...more


Municipalities and Demographic Change: Strategies for the Creation of Liveable Small Towns

Timber-framed buildings in Eschwege

Demographic change counts amongst the greatest challenges that communities are currently facing. How will they manage to maintain the quality of life and the location quality if infrastructures and municipal services don’t any longer correspond with the age and population structure. In the new...more


German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat): Evaluation on ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research

ISOE Executive Board

On the 11th of July, the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) has published its evaluation on ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research. The report acknowledges the central role that the Institute plays in the field of sustainability research and, with Frankfurt’s...more


New Research Project „PlastX“: How to Sustainably Deal With Plastic?

Plastic rubbish garbage pollution in ocean c

Plastic is part of our daily lives. It can be used in various way, it is robust and cheap to produce. But plastic is mainly made from mineral oil and as a waste product it pollutes the environment. Which role does this ambivalent material play within society and what are its environmental impacts?...more


Power Saving Advice: Tapping Saving Potentials of “Heavy Consumers”

electricity meter

In Germany there are approximately 670 centres offering energy advice. But energy experts often only reach environmentally conscious households where power consumption is already low. The research project “Stromeffizienzklassen für Haushalte” (“Power efficiency classes for households”) that was...more


Water: A Future Market – Opportunities for the German Water Industry

Cover Wasser 2050

In order to secure worldwide water supply it is essential to timely invest on a big scale in new drinking water and wastewater facilities as well as into the building of sanitary facilities. But it is not only countries of the global South that are facing considerable challenges within the water...more


ISOE and GLS Bank Host Joint Event: Successful Climate Change Beyond Political Diplomacy

[Translate to Englisch:] Globus

The internationally binding climate treaty of Paris has stipulated that by 2020 at the latest, global warming is to be limited to 1.5°C. In order to achieve this goal, emissions of greehouse gases would have to be drastically reduced with immediate effect. Correspondingly ambitious action plans...more

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Institute report 2016

Institute report 2016
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