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.


Dürre (Foto: estt/iStockphoto)

Water Risk Atlas shows water stress worldwide

“Water turnaround” as a countermeasure against supply bottlenecks

Almost a quarter of the world’s population lives in countries that face an extreme risk of drought. Among them, 17 countries are in a particularly criticalsituation. This is the conclusion presented in the water risk atlas this week by the US research centre World Resources Institute (WRI). Among...

Self-driving car technology (©fotohansel/Adobe Stock)

Study on user acceptance for autonomous mobility concepts

Robocabs: The mobility of the future?

Even if the technology has as yet only been tested in prototypes on test routes, autonomous driving will apparently be possible in the near future. How exactly do potential users envision such vehicles? And how high is the level of public acceptance? The Robocab study, performed by Fraunhofer IAO...

Traditioneller Haushalt im ländlichen Raum Nordnamibias (Bild: ISOE)

ISOE Policy Brief

Re-assessing droughts and their risks using Namibia and Angola as examples

Droughts threaten millions of people worldwide. Climate change is likely to exacerbate famines and water shortages and people in sub-Saharan Africa in particular are affected by the risk of more frequent droughts. So, scientific instruments to assess the extent of these drought risks are becoming...

Abstrakte Netzwerk Verbindung Hintergrund (©iStock by Getty Images: naddi)

TransImpact: Project results

When multifaceted knowledge is required: Quality standards for transdisciplinary research

To solve complex social problems, the knowledge of many different scientific disciplines is required. Moreover, if scientific knowledge is to produce effective results for practice, research must also be open to knowledge beyond science. Here is where transdisciplinary research comes in.TD research...

Plastic rubbish garbage pollution in ocean (©Richard Carey/Fotolia)

Expansion of waste and recycling management

ISOE founding member of the Waste Alliance PREVENT 

On 9 May, German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller founded the international waste alliance PREVENT together with over 30 organizations from business, politics, civil society and science as well as with the countries of Indonesia and Ghana. The alliance aims to promote...

Research Group PlastX

Lecture series “Living in the Plastic Age” 

In the summer semester of 2019 the research group PlastX organizes the lecture series “Living in the Plastic Age: Perspectives from the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences” at the Goethe-University of Frankfurt. For the lecture series, internationally renowned scientists who look at the...

Long Beach Phu Quoc (Foto: Heide Kerber)

Plastic waste in the world’s oceans

Paradise lost? – PlastX Case Study on Hotspot Region Vietnam

More and more waste is being discharged into the world’s oceans. They not only originate from shipping and fishing, but also find their way via rivers into the seas and oceans or are carried directly into the sea by the wind. Three-quarters of marine litter consists of plastic, thus plastic...

Water in sink (©studioDG/Fotolia)

UN World Water Day on 22 March

“Water turnaround” is needed to ensure safe water supply worldwide

On 22 March, World Water Day, the United Nations proclaims the motto “Leave no one behind – water and sanitation for all”. The current UNESCO World Water Report shows how difficult it is to achieve this goal. According to the report, more than two billion people already have no access to clean and...

In times of drought

Case studies show feasibility of water reuse in agriculture 

Extreme weather conditions such as prolonged periods of drought represent new challenges for agriculture. What is needed are water-saving irrigation technologies and plant productions that can operate more independently of long periods of drought. This is where hydroponic cultivation, which requires...

Darmstädter Tage der Transformation

Knowledge communication for sustainable development

Research and science play a central role in shaping social change processes. Thus, the questions of what kind of knowledge is necessary to shape transformation processes and how this knowledge is transferred from research into society are gaining importance. These questions will be dealt with during...