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Issue 13 / December 2019

 
 
 

ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research in Frankfurt am Main is one of the leading independent institutes engaged in sustainability research. For 30 years, ISOE has been providing background knowledge for decision-makers and viable concepts for the future directed at policy makers, the civil society and business/industry – both at regional and international level. Areas of research include water, energy, climate protection, mobility, urban space, and biodiversity.

 

Contents

30 Years of ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research in Frankfurt am Main: Off into the present. Shaping the social-ecological future today +++ Sustainability research in the social media: The ISOE on Instagram +++ Environmentally friendly mobility: Research results from Switzerland on sustainable mobility behaviour +++ Tipping points in ecosystems: Measures to preserve the savannas in Southern Africa +++ Major ‘Fridays for Future’ demonstration on 20 September 2019: ISOE supports the ‘Global Week of Climate Action’ +++ Laboratory study PlastX research group: Plastic consumer products contain harmful and unknown substances +++ International Motor Show (IAA) in times of social change: When the traffic transition steals the show from the leading trade fair +++ Publications

 

30 Years of ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research in Frankfurt am Main

Off into the present. Shaping the social-ecological future today

Dream Big (©CHBD/istockphoto)
 

ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research celebrates its 30th anniversary in November. Founded in 1989 as an independent scientific institution in Frankfurt am Main, ISOE is today one of the leading institutes for sustainability research in Germany. With its conference on 28 November, ISOE invites you to take a critical look at the present and to recognize and make use of the possibilities...Read more

 

Sustainability research in the social media

The ISOE on Instagram

 

Today, more than one billion people worldwide are using the Instagram online service, with around 15 million in Germany alone. As a mixture of microblog and audio-visual platform, the channel appeals above all to target groups who appreciate the visual strength of short news reports. With its launch on Instagram, ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research particularly addresses juveniles and...Read more

 

Environmentally friendly mobility

Research results from Switzerland on sustainable mobility behaviour

Modern cityscape and various transportation network (©chombosan/Thinkstock)
 

Switzerland is regarded as exemplary in terms of “multi-optional traffic behaviour” and that means that many people already rely on an environmentally friendly transport mix. The flexible combination of all forms of transport such as cars, busses, trains, walking or riding a bicycle is important for the transformation of the transport sector. The use of a mix of different means of transport offers...Read more

 

Tipping points in ecosystems

Measures to preserve the savannas in Southern Africa

Livestock farming, Namibia (Foto: Stefan Liehr, ISOE)
 

The savannas in Namibia are among the driest regions on earth. As grazing land they are of great importance for livestock and game. However, changing climatic conditions and increasing intensity of land management endanger the unique savanna landscape. Since the beginning of the year, ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research has been working as a cooperation partner in the two...Read more

 

Major ‘Fridays for Future’ demonstration on 20 September 2019

ISOE supports the ‘Global Week of Climate Action’ 

© SCIENTISTS FOR FUTURE
 

For months now, young people have been striking for proper climate protection and a future without a climate in crisis under the motto #FridaysForFuture. On Friday, 20 September, when the Federal Government in Berlin is due to decide on the next steps in its climate policy, the youth will again take to the streets. A major demonstration, planned for the whole of Germany, and the ‘Global Week of...Read more

 

Laboratory study PlastX research group

Plastic consumer products contain harmful and unknown substances

Dirty used colored plastic bottle pile ready to be recycled (©sebasnoo/shutterstock)
 

The PlastX research group detects thousands of chemicals in plastic products—three out of four products contain harmful substances. Plastic products are ubiquitous. Although considered indispensable in many areas of life thanks to their versality and practicality, are they really harmless? The PlastX research group led by the Institute of Ecological Research (ISOE) has examined everyday products...Read more

 

International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt am Main

IAA in times of social change: When the traffic transition steals the show from the leading trade fair

 

It was foreseeable that vehicles that did not comply with climate targets or nitrogen oxide limits would one day no longer be saleable . Nevertheless, automobile manufacturers have been reluctant to develop sustainable vehicle concepts that are suitable for the transition. Their belated innovations, which they will present at the IAA in Frankfurt, can hardly distract from the fact that in autumn...Read more

Publications

Bergmann, Matthias/Daniel Dörler/Philipp Schepelmann/Armin Haas (2019): Responsible Research and Innovation for Jobs & Growth. Berlin: Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaftler VDW

Frick-Trzebitzky, Fanny/Martin Zimmermann/Thomas Kluge (2019): Capacity Development for Wastewater Management and Water Reuse in Informal Partnerships in Northern Namibia. Book of Abstracts. 12th IWA International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse, Berlin, 16-20 June 2019, 756-762

Götz, Konrad/Georg Sunderer (2019): New Roads to Sustainable Travel.Communication Strategies for Behaviour Change. Berlin: Agora Verkehrswende

Lütkemeier, Robert/Stefan Liehr (2019): Integrated responses to drought risk in Namibia and Angola. Watersolutions (3), 56-61

Lux, Alexandra/Martina Schäfer/Matthias Bergmann/Thomas Jahn/Oskar Marg/Emilia Nagy/Anna-Christin Ransiek/Lena Theiler (2019): Societal effects of transdisciplinary sustainability research - How can they be strengthened during the research process?. Environmental Science and Policy 101, 183-191

Matias, Denise Margaret S./Christian Borgemeister/Anne-Marie Sémah/Henrik von Wehrden (2019): The Role of Linked Social-Ecological Systems in a Mobile Agent-Based Ecosystem Service from Giant Honey Bees (Apis dorsata) in an Indigenous Community Forest in Palawan, Philippines. Human Ecology

Mohr, Marius/Marc Beckett/Stefan Liehr/Alyssa Weskamp/Philip Okito/Sina Okito (2019): Challenges and solutions for a Smart Water Future in Indian cities - the case of Coimbatore. Watersolutions (4), 32-35

Newig, Jens/Stephanie Jahn/Daniel Lang/Judith Kahle/Matthias Bergmann (2019): Linking modes of research to their scientific and societal outcomes. Evidence from 81 sustainability-oriented research projects. Environmental Science and Policy 101, 147-155

Schramm, Engelbert/Björn Ebert/Bingxiang Wang/Martina Winker/Martin Zimmermann (2019): Keeping Flows Separate: Good Management Practices in Novel Urban Water Systems Derived from Error Analyses. Water 11 (12), 2597

Stieß, Immanuel/Anja Umbach-Daniel/Corinna Fischer (2019): Smart small living? Social innovations for saving energy in senior citizens'households by reducing living space. Energy Policy 133 (110906)

van Dijk, Jiska/David Carss/Hans Keune/Suvi Vikström/Lucette Flandroy/Graham Rook/Tari Haahtela/Marion Mehring/Barbara Birzle-Harder/Friederike Reuss/Ruth Müller/Sandra Luque/Joao Garcia Rodrigues (2019): Invited background document on biodiversity and health for the Global Sustainable Development Report 2019 drafted by the Independent Group of Scientists. NINA Report, 1555. Trondheim: Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

Wencki, Kristina/Verena Thöne/Dennis Becker/Kerstin Krömer/Isabelle Sattig/Gunnar Lischeid/Martin Zimmermann (2019): Sustainability Assessment of Water Reuse Technologies - Application of a Decision Support Tool in International Case Studies. Book of Abstracts. 12th IWA International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse, Berlin, 16-20 June 2019, 638-644

Zimmermann, Martin/Stefan Liehr/Thomas Kluge (2019): Integrating Sanitation, Water Reuse and the Production of Food Crops - 6 Years of Experiences in Central Northern Namibia. Book of Abstracts. 12th IWA International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse, Berlin, 16-20 June 2019, 3-9


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