(Number of projects = 39)
In this EU-funded, interdisciplinary project, the project team investigates how end users and stakeholders perceive the innovative TRI-HP technology. The aim of this project is to determine which social needs have to be taken into consideration in order for these systems to be used successfully.
The contributions of the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (h_da) to future-oriented urban and regional development are the focus of the transfer project “System Innovation for Sustainable Development. Transfer as a learning process in the region” (s:ne). The aim is to link the creative and innovative potential of the region to support sustainable development and to establish a system with the inherent capability to learn (self-learning system). To this end, the project works closely with regional and urban institutions and actors from society, research, politics and business in the Darmstadt area.
The examination of the scientific and social discourse on sustainability makes it clear that in the course of its development the legitimacy of the goal of sustainable development was strengthened which means that at the same time the actors, objectives and understandings of sustainability have multiplied. A closer look at the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDG) and their sub-objectives makes this evident since they are in part contradictory.
The aim of DINA is to test a standardized monitoring of flying insects and to analyse factors that correlate with the drastic decline of insects in nature reserves. In three in-depth case studies, the ISOE team will bring different local groups of actors from agriculture, science, politics and nature conservation into a dialogue process with the aim to jointly develop feasible approaches to better protect biodiversity.
Das Forschungsprojekt NamTip untersucht, wie ökologische und soziale Faktoren die Desertifikation – oder Wüstenbildung – in Trockengebieten beeinflussen. Ziel ist es, sogenannte Kipppunkte und die damit zusammenhängenden Folgen für Mensch und Umwelt frühzeitig zu erkennen. Am Beispiel der namibischen Savanne werden Desertifikationsprozesse, die zu einem Umkippen des Savannenökosystems führen können, erforscht und geeignete Maßnahmen identifiziert, um einer Wüstenbildung wirkungsvoll zu begegnen.
The research project MORE STEP investigates processes of change in the ecosystem of the Mongolian steppe and their socio-economic and ecological causes and consequences. The mobility of wild as well as domesticated herd animals plays a central role in the survival of the ecosystem. The project therefore aims to identify societal development paths that will continue to enable the mobility of wild animals and nomadic pastoralists and their herds.
The ORYCS research project builds on the results of the successful Namibian-German cooperation in the OPTIMASS research project. The aim is to assess the suitability of wildlife management strategies as options for adapting land use to climate change in savanna ecosystems.
Ecosystems are frequently subject to strong (local) utilization pressure for instance due to intensive agriculture. At the same time, ecosystems are influenced by global processes like climate change. The question arises, how conflicts that are based on different demands on the ecosystem services can be avoided or reduced. This research project investigates the dynamics of land use changes and their impacts on ecosystem services and biodiversity.
This research project investigates normative conflicts which potentially arise when using biodiversity and ecosystem services.
The research project investigates the mutual influence of human population development and ecosystem services and the resulting dynamics.
In cooperation with the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F), ISOE is investigating what reduced biodiversity means for the provision of ecosystem services to society.
The research project develops inter- and transdisciplinary concepts and methods that enable a dialogue on biodiversity and ecosystem services as well as on the impacts of human interventions on ecosystems and on the role of climate change.
Sewage sludge accumulates during wastewater treatment, and its hygienic and safe disposal poses serious challenges. This is particularly true for fast-growing urban regions. In the research project “IntenKS”, ISOE is investigating prevailing barriers to an improved utilisation of sewage sludge in China.
In many places one already finds attractive, environmentally friendly alternatives to owning a car, such as car sharing, carpools or electric cars, which allow citizens to use an own car less. All too often, however, these offers are not taken up. That is why, in the research project Mobility Laboratory 2020 the team from ISOE and Zebralog are investigating the obstacles that lead to this situation using participative methods.
Increasing periods of drought entail the necessity of irrigating urban green spaces more intensively in order to develop their climate-regulating effect and secure the quality of life it provides for residents. New forms of water management for urban green spaces are gaining in importance. The INTERESS-I research project develops and tests suitable strategies for sustainable management of the green and blue infrastructures in cities together with experts from administration and economy in Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
Results from basic scientific research usually take a long time to find their way to practical application. Nevertheless, large research institutions are increasingly asking the question of how to reach actors from agriculture, process engineering or medicine, just to name a few. Here, the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) goes one step further by aiming to enter into an active dialogue with politics, administration, companies and associations in order not only to impart knowledge, but also to further develop it in line with current requirements even with a view to the development of application-ready products.
Every two years, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the German Environment Agency conduct a study on environmental awareness and environmental behaviour in Germany. In addition to investigating prevalent societal patterns of attitude and action, expectations of different population groups regarding environmental policy and their acceptance of the respective policy measures are determined. The Environmental Awareness Study 2020 is focusing on the topic of climate change and climate protection in times of social polarisation.
In the course of a rehabilitation of flood levees along the Weschnitz, a unique window of opportunity was created for a comprehensive restoration with the aim to improve the ecological status of the water body. In the research project “Weschnitz Dialogue” new spaces and formats are created in combination with existing offers of environmental education in order to constructively regulate possible conflicts which might arise in connection with the restoration.
The SuPraStadt research project investigates in three Real-World Laboratories how the needs of residents can be reconciled with the ecological requirements of sustainability with respect to the areas of housing, open space and mobility.
The junior research group PlastX, led by ISOE, is examining the societal role of plastic and its impact on the environment. The sub-project Marine Litter Governance from a multiscalar perspective is analysing management strategies to solve the global environmental issue of plastic waste in the world’s seas and oceans.
The junior research group PlastX, led by ISOE, is examining the societal role of plastic and its impact on the environment. The sub-project Microplastics in bodies of running water is developing a concept to assess the environmental risks associated with microplastics in bodies of running water.
The junior research group PlastX, led by ISOE, is examining the societal role of plastic and its impact on the environment. The sub-project Packaging and sustainable consumption is examining possibilities for manufacturing and using plastic packaging more sustainably.