Knowledge for sustainable development

ISOE is one of the leading independent institutes for sustainability research. For more than 30 years, we have been developing scientific bases and future oriented concepts for politics, civil society and the economy – regionally, nationally and internationally.


Environmental risks

Strategic communication on the risks of perpetual chemicals

PFAS – these four letters stand for the controversial group of substances known as perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkyl substances. As they are water-, grease- and dirt-repellent, these chemicals are used in numerous everyday products. However, it is precisely because of their properties that...

Landschaft der mongolischen Steppe


Recognizing and avoiding ecological tipping points in the Mongolian steppe

Mongolia has one of the last intact steppe ecosystems with traditional land use and a remarkable biodiversity. The mobility of wild and domestic herd animals plays an important role in the survival of this ecosystem, which is transforming as a result of climate change. However, the nomadic way of...


Flurina Schneider elected as new Ecornet spokesperson

Prof. Dr. Flurina Schneider, Scientific Director of ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, is the new co-spokesperson of Ecornet (Ecological Research Network). The network is an association of eight independent, non-profit environmental and sustainability research institutes in Germany.

ISOE Lecture with Lisen Schultz at the Goethe University Frankfurt

Social ecology for decision-makers

The earth is reaching its limits: In the Anthropocene, humans have changed the ecological foundations of life to such a fundamental extent that the planetary limits of several earth systems have been reached. The symptoms such as global warming, species extinction, and water scarcity are well known,...

CapTain Rain research project

How to adapt to heavy rainfall? Innovative solutions in Jordan

When it comes to extreme weather events, the impact of climate change is increasingly visible. As a result, effects such as flash floods caused by heavy rainfall have become more prominent in public awareness: not least the disastrous Ahrtal floods has led to an awareness of the dangers of heavy...


ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research awards art scholarship on the topic of insect diversity in the city

In order to halt the trend of global insect decline, insects must regain habitats, both in agricultural landscapes and in cities. This requires people to appreciate insects and their ecosystem services and be willing to contribute to insect conservation. To this end, the SLInBio research project,...

Biodiversity research

Threatened insect diversity in nature reserves – recommendations from the DINA research project

The decline in insect populations has been documented for decades. In German nature reserves, too, insects are generally becoming fewer and a notably receding biodiversity can be observed. The research team of the “DINA” project has investigated the underlying reasons and has been looking out for...

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Transdisciplinary research

Added value for science

Transdisciplinary research aims to make a contribution to the understanding and promotion of social change. These societal effects account for the popularity of the research mode that involves different scientific disciplines as well as non-scientific actors. But how does the transdisciplinary...

New research project KomKlAn

What is the state of municipal climate adaptation in Germany?

Heat, drought and heavy rain: The consequences of climate change have long been clearly noticeable. Cities and municipalities are particularly affected, since flooding or heat islands within cities represent a danger for residents as well as municipal infrastructures. However, municipalities are...