30 years of knowledge for sustainable development

ISOE is one of the leading independent institutes for sustainability research. For 30 years, we have been developing scientific decision bases and sustainable concepts for politics, civil society and business – regionally, nationally and internationally.


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Digitalisation in water management

Cyber security flaws

Digitalisation is now also making itself felt in the water sector. The term ‘WATER 4.0’ alludes to new digital options for a flexible, resource-efficient, and competitive form of water management – intelligent measuring and control systems that can meanwhile replace manual operation. The processes...

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Academy for Transdisiplinary Research

Launch of the tdAcademy platform: Research to solve social problems and crises is strengthened

The need for transdisciplinary research is growing. At the same time, structures and places for the further development and dissemination of transdisciplinary methods, concepts and competencies are lacking both in research and teaching. This gap is now to be closed by the foundation of an academy...

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Frankfurt Citizens University

“Water in the Anthropocene” – ISOE and Citizen’s University go virtual

In the Anthropocene – the age of man – the popular image of the natural water cycle no longer applies, as man has long since intervened in this cycle in many places. The consequences are sometimes massive and can be seen in changed precipitation patterns as well as in sinking groundwater levels. How...

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What effects does transdisciplinary sustainability research have?

Research project TransImpact publishes special issue of the journal ‘Environmental Science & Policy’

Transdisciplinary research – for instance within sustainability research – can provide targeted support for the solution of complex societal problems. This is possible as transdisciplinary research includes – across disciplinary boundaries – knowledge gained from experience and from everyday life...

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Water-saving food production

Soil-less sustainability: Novel agricultural crop production incorporating water reuse

Record temperatures and prolonged periods of drought are increasingly affecting agriculture worldwide. In Germany, too, droughts are now jeopardizing high-yielding harvests. A cultivation system with a new type of irrigation technology using water reuse is particularly suitable for arid regions and...

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UN World Water Day on 22 March

Water and climate change: How cities and their inhabitants can counter the consequences

On World Water Day (22 March), the United Nations will focus on the link between water and climate change. It is a complex and momentous issue, also for Germany‘s cities: heat waves and heavy rainfall events are increasingly posing major challenges for water infrastructures. Research by ISOE –...

World Wildlife Day

How the ecosystem of the Mongolian steppe can be preserved 

The steppes of Mongolia are unique. They are among the last grassland ecosystems in the world where wild animals can actually move freely. But social and economic changes are threatening this ecosystem. The consequences are water shortage and soil degradation. A key factor for the preservation of...

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Climate Adaptation

Urban green in times of climate change – students develop communication concepts for municipalities

ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research has worked together with the Hessian Centre for Climate Change (FZK) and students of the HPI School of Design Thinking (D-School) during a three-month project on the topic of “Urban Green Spaces in times of Climate Change”. The results of this semester...

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ISOE Lecture Winter Semester 2019/20

Shaping a Better Planet in the Age of Humans – ISOE Lecture on the anthropocene debate with Erle C. Ellis

ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research in Frankfurt am Main continued its series “ISOE Lecture” in the winter semester of 2019/20. This year’s lecture at the Goethe University Frankfurt was dealing with the debate on the anthropocene. The renowned environmental scientist and anthropocene...

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Sustainability research

German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) acknowledges the development of ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research

In a recent statement, the German Council of Science and Humanities has acknowledged the positive development of ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research that has taken place since the evaluation in July 2016. The Council of Science and Humanities is impressed by the process of structural and...