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Environmental Risks

In recent years, environmental risk awareness has been steadily increasing in both politics and society. Topics such as microplastics in drinking water, persistent chemicals in our soils, or pharmaceutical residues in drinking water are being discussed intensively and often controversially. Conflicts between differing goals and interest groups frequently arise.

Scientific assessments of environmental risks also commonly spark debates, yet are crucial for understanding and evaluating risks. In our research on anthropogenic changes to ecosystems, we investigate how societies deal with environmental risks and develop options for action together with societal actors.. Another important task of our research on environmental risks is the analysis of contested knowledge processes and their normative dimensions.