Since 2015, ISOE has continuously participated in the citizens’ university with its own events. But in the current summer semester it was for the first time not possible to invite citizens to a seminar due to the Corona pandemic. The Institute therefore decided to hold the event online.
The web seminar started with a joint presentation by ISOE scientists Robert Lütkemeier and Stefan Liehr. The two water experts addressed the debate on the anthropocene and showed man’s influence on the natural water cycle using the example of national and international research projects.
Insights into the science of social hydrology
The ISOE researchers also provided insights into “social hydrology”, which sees the natural water cycle as a system significantly influenced by man. Social hydrology thus has close links to social ecology. Both approaches integrate social processes as important control variables of water resources in their research with both material and symbolic levels being involved.
Following the lecture, the question of how a sustainable use of water resources can look like and what concrete possibilities exist for shaping it, were jointly discussed. Online participants also had the possibility to ask questions and make suggestions in a parallel chat.
Frankfurt Citizens’ University
Wasser im Anthropozän – Der Einfluss des Menschen auf den Wasserkreislauf
(Water in the Anthropocene – The influence of man on the water cycle)
Speakers: Dr. Robert Lütkemeier and Dr. Stefan Liehr
Date: 20.05.2020, 18:30–19:30
Event type: Web seminar
Hosted by: ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Birgit Blättel-Mink, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Institute for Sociology
The seminar was held in German.