IOER Annual Conference 2021 "Space & Transformation"

Under the heading "Space & Transformation", the Annual Conference of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) will focus on societal change. The two-day conference, from 23 to 24 September 2021, will be complemented by other events. There will be offers for young scientists as well as for the citizens of Dresden.

With the global human-ecological crisis, a transformation has become urgently necessary, because the exceeding of planetary boundaries endangers human existence and social justice permanently. For this reason the IOER Annual Conference is dedicated to questions of societal change under the heading "Space & Transformation".

How do transformations and space influence each other? What can spatial approaches contribute to a better understanding of transformations and to making them more sustainable? How does this change spatial science? The team of the IOER would like to discuss these questions together with guests on 23 and 24 September as part of its Annual Conference at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden.

Keynotes from national and international research
Three keynote lectures by renowned academics from the transformation and spatial sciences will provide suitable input at IOER’s Annual Conference:

  • Prof. Dr. Antje Bruns, Professorship for Sustainable Development and Governance  at the Trier University,
  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Truffer, Chair of Geography of Transitions in Urban Infrastructures at Utrecht University, and Head of Department Environmental Social Sciences at Eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology),
  • Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram, Director of the IOER,
  • Dr. Jessica Hemingway, researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER)

Side events for researchers and interested people
The IOER Annual Conference will be flanked by three other events - for the national and international scientific community, but also for local actors from politics, administration, business and civil society, as well as the broad public.

21 September: Workshop on collaborative urban development
On September 21, the Leibniz Research Network "Knowledge for Sustainable Development" will hold a synthesis workshop on the topic of “How citizens, municipalities and science jointly test and design spaces for the future” as part of IOER's Annual Conference. At this workshop, representatives of the eight Cities of the Future (funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in phase 3 of the "City of the Future" competition) will exchange ideas and visions. Members of the Network “Real World Laboratories for Sustainability” will also take part in the event.

22 September: Autumn School for young researchers
On the eve of IOER's Annual Conference, the Autumn School of the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) brings together young scientists. They will present and discuss their research on the topic of "Space & Transformation". They will also have the opportunity to exchange ideas with experienced scientists, including Julia Leventon (CzechGlobe), James Evans (Manchester University) and Marc Wolfram (IOER).

22 September: "Back or Future?" series for all interested citizens
On the evening of the 22 September, interested people are invited to the discussion series "Back or Future? How we want to live in Dresden". For the fifth year in a row, the event series explores the question of what the city of Dresden might look like in 2030 and beyond. Starting at 7 p.m., everything will revolve round the question "Who owns the city?" at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden.

The IOER Annual Conference is a place for inter- and transdisciplinary exchange. It addresses its questions to both scientists and practitioners. In addition to staff members from the research areas of IOER, important protagonists of national and European transformation and spatial research provide impulses for IOER's Annual Conference.

Note on Corona regulations
We are currently planning our Annual Conference and the side events as face-to-face events at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden. We are preparing for all eventualities in the context of the Corona pandemic with very spacious rooms and a comprehensive hygiene concept.
Due to the Corona pandemic, there is only a greatly reduced contingent of places available this year. At the moment, all available conference places on 23/24 September have been allocated. We are constantly reviewing the situation and hope to increase our capacity and release more places. If you register via the registration form, we will be happy to add you to the waiting list.

Further information
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Contact at the IOER
Dr. Markus Egermann und Philip Harms (concept),
Katrin Vogel (organisation)


The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states.

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This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.