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The Institute for Social-Ecological Research

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Kick-Off-Event "Creating Transformation Knowledge"

This commencement event begins the 'Creating Transformative Knowledge' initiative of the Year of Science 2012 dedicated to 'Sustainability and the Future Earth Project', by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The Ecological Research Network (EcoRNet), together with the...more


New project on waste water from healthcare facilities

sewage treatment plant - project sauber+

After being used, many drugs end up in the water cycle where even trace concentrations can pose a risk. In cooperation with stakeholders, the project SAUBER+ will be assessing the risks that ensue when medical chemicals from senior citizens’ residences, geriatric care facilities and hospices enter...more


Kick-off for innovative urban drainage project

In Hamburg/Germany, scientists involved in the joint project KREIS are monitoring the construction of the Jenfelder Au district with about 770 residential units. In this new part of the city, the innovative drainage concept HAMBURG WATER Cycle will be separating sewage from other domestic waste...more


Expert report on the carbon footprint of forestation projects

[Translate to Englisch:] Kohlenstoffbilanz von Wäldern

About thirty percent of the global land mass is covered with forests which absorb large amounts of carbon every year. They make up about half of the planet’s terrestrial carbon sinks. So it is only logical to protect existing forests and, in addition, to compensate greenhouse gas emissions through...more


‘Electric cars’: New brochure on insights from the OPTUM project

Electric cars - project OPTUM

The electromobility project OPTUM has been completed. Together with researchers from ISOE, the German Öko-Institut e.V. has now published the brochure ‘Electric cars’ (Autos unter Strom, in German) documenting the project’s results. Researchers from both institutes focused on finding answers to...more


Project shows: Feedback helps reduce power usage by 3.7 percent

reduction of power usage by feedback

The smart metering project ‘Intelliekon‘ ended on October 25th 2011. Together with ten practice partners, researchers from ISOE, Fraunhofer ISI and ISE presented their results at a practice forum.

The Intelliekon field experiment on household power usage with feedback instruments showed: Feedback...more


Prosperity without growth? Documentation online

Prosperity without growth?

On Thursday, 8th of September, the event "Wohlstand ohne Wachstum?" (Prosperity without growth?) took place at IHK Frankfurt. It was organised by the Wirtschaftsjunioren Frankfurt (Junior Chamber International Frankfurt) in cooperation with ISOE. Designed like a World Café, the...more

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