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Retrospect of the ISOE symposium on the farewell of Thomas Jahn

Crisis, catastrophe, normality – the responsibility of science for shaping the future

On October 1, 2021, ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research solemnly bid farewell to its co-founder Thomas Jahn as scientific director. In addition to a festive event, a symposium took place under the title “Crisis, Catastrophe, Normality – the Responsibility of Science for Shaping the...

Der antike nabatäische Entwässerungstunnel (Mudhlim-Tunnel und Reste des Staudamms) in Petra, Weltkulturerbe in Jordanien (September 2021)

Risk prevention

Launch of German-Jordanian research project on disaster management during heavy rainfall

Jordan is one of the world's most arid countries and is particularly affected by climate change and extreme weather events. Heavy rain and flash floods repeatedly lead to high property damage and fatalities. A research network led by ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research is pursuing the...

Salatanbau auf der Pilotierungsanlage in Wolfsburg-Hattorf im Forschungsprojekt HypoWave

Adaptation to climate change

Large-scale implementation of vegetable production utilizing water reuse

From pilot project to large-scale implementation: The process of agricultural food production with water reuse successfully developed in the HypoWave research project is entering large-scale application for the first time. In the course of the follow-up project HypoWave+, the research network has...

Prof. Dr. Flurina Schneider, wissenschaftliche Geschäftsführerin und Sprecherin der Institutsleitung (Foto: Anja Jahn)

Inaugural Lecture of Flurina Schneider at Goethe University Frankfurt

First professorship for social ecology and transdisciplinarity in Germany

In the winter semester of 2021/22, Flurina Schneider, scientific director of ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, will take up her professorship for Social Ecology and Transdisciplinarity at Goethe University Frankfurt. The joint professorship of the independent research institute ISOE...

Sustainable Development Goals painted on the outside wall of the UN House in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia (Photo: Lukas Drees/ISOE)

Sustainable Development Goals

Models for measuring sustainability do not sufficiently depict societal well-being

Heat waves, floods and storms – recent extreme weather events have highlighted what the IPCC’s current 6th Assessment Report describes scientifically: The Earth system is in turmoil, its planetary boundaries have been reached. Not only the climate is affected, but also biodiversity, freshwater and...

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Research project AQUA-Hub India

Technology and knowledge transfer for sustainable water infrastructures

India’s cities are rapidly growing and need an efficient infrastructure for water supply and wastewater disposal. However, current infrastructure development can hardly keep up with population growth. Therefore, a research cooperation composed of ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research,...

Der Farbkanon der Sustainable Development Goals. Foto: Henry St. John – stock.adobe.com

Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany

ISOE now member of the network of leading German knowledge organizations

ISOE has been accepted into the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany). Since its foundation in 2014, leading German knowledge organizations and partners from business and society have been cooperating in this network with the aim to promote sustainable development in...

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Research cooperation with Bangladesh for better emergency medical care during floods

Strengthening disaster management worldwide and learning from one another

Within the research project “FlutNetz”, the aim of the scientists from Goethe University Frankfurt, RWTH Aachen University and ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research in Frankfurt is to cooperate with partners from Bangladesh to improve emergency medical care during flood disasters in the...

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Sustainable development

A strategic compass for global sustainability research networks

Solving complex sustainability problems requires the knowledge of many different scientific disciplines. But the experiential and everyday knowledge of societal actors also plays a crucial role. To achieve effective results for societal transformations, science must therefore open up to the...

Palm oil plantation at rainforest edge

Society and nature

Social-ecological biodiversity conservation can reduce the risk of pandemics

The UN Biodiversity Council warns that pandemics will increase, should nature and biodiversity not be better protected. However, scientists from ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research are pointing out that the preservation of biodiversity cannot be guaranteed with blanket decrees. For...