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The Institute for Social-Ecological Research

ISOE is an independent institute that develops social-ecological concepts for sustainable development. As an innovative scientific think tank we undertake transdisciplinary research for society, policy makers and industry – providing support for sound decision-making processes. more


Social aspects of technical innovations: Example SEMIZENTRAL

Resource Recovery Center (RRC) in Qingdao

Innovative technologies can provide answers to pressing environmental problems. However, they can often only unfold their benefits if they are accompanied by new behaviours and changed planning and operating procedures. One example of this is the Resource Recovery Center, a major wastewater reuse...more


International ISOE-Summer School for young scientists

Brilliant Minds for Social-Ecological Transformations

A sustainable creation of the future calls for the knowledge of many, including numerous scientific disciplines, but also the empirical knowledge of social actors. The transdisciplinary research approach is considered particularly successful when it comes to bringing together scientific and...more


Sustainable management of savannah ecosystems: Brochure on results obtained by the OPTIMASS project

Cover OPTIMASS brochure

Savannahs and their vegetation offer an important livelihood for humans and animals. But the savannah ecosystem is under pressure. Soil conditions have deteriorated in Namibia and traditional grazing is something that has become difficult for many farmers. That is why the research project OPTIMASS...more


Planning security for municipalities: Forecasting future water demand

Water (symbol picture)

One of the tasks of municipalities is to guarantee reliable water supply. However, realistic planning is becoming increasingly difficult as water demand depends on various influencing factors such as demographic and climatic developments as well as changing economic structures, new water...more


Sustainable Water Resources Management: The book on CuveWaters, a transdisciplinary research and development project

Cover "Integrated Water Resources Management in Water-scarce Regions"

The goal of the German-Namibian project CuveWaters was to make sustainable use of different water sources in one of the driest regions of the world. Between 2004 and 2015 and under the head of ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, scientists from various disciplines worked together with...more


Exotic mosquitoes in Hesse: Frankfurt research team investigates natural control

Asian bush mosquito Aedes japonicus (Copyright: James Gathany/CDC)

Summer temperatures entail mosquitoes and not only domestic ones. For some years now, exotic insects such as the Asian bush mosquito have emerged. An enrichment for biodiversity, but not harmless for humans: The Asian bush mosquito is a vector of infectious diseases for which no drug treatment is...more


Solution strategies for reducing plastics in rivers and lakes


Large quantities of microplastics are found not only in oceans, but also rivers and lakes are affected. However, little is known about the entry paths and occurring quantities with respect to inland waters. Since September 2017, the PLASTRAT research project has been investigating entry paths,...more

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