Flurina Schneider elected as new Ecornet spokesperson

Prof. Dr. Flurina Schneider, Scientific Director of ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, is the new co-spokesperson of Ecornet (Ecological Research Network). The network is an association of eight independent, non-profit environmental and sustainability research institutes in Germany.

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Flurina Schneider was elected co-spokesperson of Ecornet by the managing directors of its member institutes. She succeeds Jan Peter Schemmel, former chief executive officer of Öko-Institut e.V., who held this position until the end of November 2023. Flurina Schneider will perform her task together with Thomas Korbun, Scientific Director of the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW). Thomas Korbun has been one of two Ecornet spokespersons since 2012 and was now elected for another term of office. 

Schneider is Scientific Director of ISOE and Professor of Social Ecology and Transdisciplinarity at the Goethe University Frankfurt. She is also spokesperson for the Research Activity “Ecosystem Services and Climate” at the Senckenberg – Leibniz Institution for Biodiversity and Earth System Research and deputy chair of the Hessian Climate Council. The Swiss sustainability researcher received her venia docendi from the University of Bern in 2016 with a habilitation on the topic of transdisciplinary and transformative research for sustainable governance of natural resources with a view to intergenerational equity, where she also headed the Land Resources Cluster of the Center for Development and Environment (CDE) until 2020. Her research focuses on learning and action for sustainability transformations, transdisciplinary research and science policy.

About Ecornet

Ecornet is a network of eight independent, non-profit environmental and sustainability research institutes in Germany. Their common mission is to help shape societal change towards sustainability and to provide a scientific basis for such a transformation. Ever since they were founded, the Ecornet institutes have specialized in tackling complex problems in a practical manner across the boundaries of scientific disciplines. In 2011, they joined forces to establish Ecornet with the aim to broaden their competencies and to contribute them to research. The members of the Ecornet are

  • Ecologic Institute
  • ifeu – Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung Heidelberg gGmbH 
  • Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW)
  • ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research
  • IZT – Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment
  • Oeko-Institut
  • Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU)
  • Wuppertal Institute 

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