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For the short-term and very successful realization of the international Dresden Nexus Conference 2020 as a virtual event (eDNC2020), the organising institutions IOER, UNU-FLORES and TU Dresden receive the eku – Zukunftspreis (eku – Future Award) of the Saxon Ministry of the Environment (SMEKUL). The organisers of the eDNC2020 are awarded in the category "eku erfolg Wissenschaft" (eku success science). The contribution was selected by an expert panel from a total of 63 submissions.

Prof. Dr. Hans Petzold (Photo: U. Schumacher/IOER-Media)

Prof. Hans Petzold

On 6 November 2021, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans Petzold, the first Director of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), passed away after a serious illness. He headed the Institute from 1992 to 1996 and had accompanied the founding of the IOER in the period of German reunification with tireless commitment and vision. The staff bid farewell in memory of his services to the Institute.

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Parasols on balconies

How can densely built-up urban districts and the people living there be sustainably protected from summer heat? This is the question addressed by the transdisciplinary project HeatResilientCity, which the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) is coordinating. The project has now been nominated for the German Sustainability Award for Research 2022. Online voting for the project was possible until 15 November. The winner of the award will be announced on 3 December during the congress 14. German Sustainability Day.

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On November 10, curious minds are invited to a new edition of "Book a Scientist". In this format, initiated by the Leibniz Association, Leibniz researchers answer questions on topics that touch everyday life. Scientists from the IOER are Sebastian Heer on the topic of "public participation" and Christoph Schünemann on the topic of "energetic building refurbishment".

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Peterskirche in Görlitz

In the project "Testing the City of the Future - A living and working experiment for a climate neutral city of Görlitz", the trial stay phase is now starting. Until the end of the year, the first three participants can try out Görlitz as a place to live, work and live. During their three-month stay, they will support the city with their ideas and expertise on the path to climate neutrality and more sustainability. A total of 18 of these trial stays are planned until March 2023.

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Under the heading "Space & Transformation", the Annual Conference of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) on 23 and 24 September 2021 took a look at aspects of societal change and the role that space and spatial sciences play in it. The conference took place in a new format. It was flanked by further events for young researchers and a broad public.

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Looking at smartphone with image from app

The project "meinGrün - Information and navigation to urban green spaces in cities" comes to an end with a final workshop and a public presentation. The central result is the meinGrün app, with which users in the pilot cities of Dresden and Heidelberg can rediscover known and unknown green spaces and how to get there. The project team has also created important conditions for the meinGrün infrastructure to be used in other cities in Germany and internationally. The project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) as part of the mFUND innovation…

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The state of Brandenburg is organising the phase-out of lignite and the associated transformation process in the form of a complex workshop process (Werkstatt-Prozess). Part of this process are five thematic workshops (Werkstätten), which started their work at the beginning of 2021. Researchers from the IOER have observed and analysed the establishment and initial work steps of these workshops as part of the "Transformation Lusatia" project. They present their findings in a recent policy brief.


Map on banner for Messe Dresden

Self-protection against floods is becoming increasingly important. This is particularly true for the protection of residential buildings. The new information tool FLOOD.Bi can be used to determine and minimise the risk of flood damage to buildings. The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) developed the tool together with the Saxon State Office for the Environment, Agriculture and Geology (LfULG) in the EU project STRIMA II. On 11 and 12 September, a team from both institutions will present the new online tool at the "Bauen Kaufen Wohnen", a fair on construction…

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Image of a city model of Dresden

From 8 September, the Deutsches Hygiene Museum will once again be hosting a discussion series entitled "Looking backwards or forward to the future? Choosing how we want to live in Dresden" ("Zurück oder Zukunft? Wie wir in Dresden leben wollen"). For the fifth time, the event series is dedicated to the question of what the city could look like in 2030 and beyond. The IOER is organising the series together with the City of Dresden, the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Saxony and other partners as part of the BMBF funded project "The city of the future – Dresden 2030+"…

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