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.


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...

Landschaft mit Gewässer und Bäumen

Research network RobustNature

How the use of chemicals and biodiversity loss are connected

Science does not take a deep enough look at chemicals in the environment as one of the causes of the decline in biodiversity. Forty scientists in the RobustNature research network of Goethe University Frankfurt and collaborating institutes, which also includes ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological...

Installation am Domplatz in Frankfurt (Computersimulation) © IMD – Institut für Materialdesign der  HfG Offenbach

Artistic installation for the preservation of biodiversity

The Insect Embassy – a diplomatic representation for insects in the city 

Insects are of central importance for our society and for our survival, a fact that is still all too often overlooked. With the “Insect Embassy”, an artistic installation, ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research and IMD – Institute for Materialdesign at the Offenbach University of Applied...

Kleine Wellen mit Blick auf den steinigen Grund

Monitoring for sustainable groundwater management

How groundwater quality can be protected

Groundwater is the most important source of drinking water. Groundwater bodies are also of great importance because of their unique biodiversity and vital ecosystem services. But the quality of this valuable water resource is coming under increasing pressure due to climate change, overuse and...

© tdAcademy

Platform for transdisciplinary research

tdAcademy enters second funding phase 

On June 1, 2023 the research project tdAcademy entered a new funding phase. Simultaneously with the launch of “tdAcademy 2”, the coordination office of the research and community platform for transdisciplinarity has moved from Leuphana University in Lüneburg to Frankfurt am Main where Michael...

Asiatische Tigermücke (Aedes albopictus). Foto: James Gathany, CDC (Wikimedia Commons)

With RNAi against dangerous mosquitoes

New technology from Hesse can protect against the spread of tropical diseases

The warm season in Europe marks the beginning of the high season for mosquitoes. While they and their larvae serve as prey for many animals and thus play an important role in the ecosystem, humans find the small bloodsuckers rather annoying. Meanwhile, they can also become dangerous to us:...

Initiative of the tdAcademy

Founding Ceremony in Berlin of the Society for Transdisciplinary and Participatory Research

On May 10, the official founding ceremony of the Society for Transdisciplinary and Participatory Research (GTPF) took place in Berlin. Around 200 guests from universities, research institutions, associations and politics attended the celebration at the TU Berlin. This is where the professional...

Massive Open Online Course

How to address the challenges of transdisciplinary research

The need for transdisciplinary research is growing. As a consequence, there is also an increasing demand for further training among scientists and practitioners. With the aim of continuingly strengthening collaboration between science and society, Swiss scientists have developed a Massive Open...

International Day of Forests on 21 March

Conflicts of interest over the forest of the future

With the International Day of Forests on 21 March, the United Nations draws attention to the value of forests and to the worldwide loss of this important habitat. The effects of climate change are also taking their toll on Germany’s forests. The pressure to adapt is great and time is pressing. But...

Spiegelung von Gebäuden und Bäumen in einer Pfütze (© romeo ninov/EyeEm -

UN World Water Day 2023

How municipalities can accelerate the water transformation

The United Nations is proclaiming the motto “Accelerating Change” for World Water Day on 22 March. The message: because the pressure on drinking water reserves is increasing worldwide, the change towards sustainable water use must be accelerated. The last summers of persistent heat and drought have...