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Edible City Andernach - Results of a survey of citizens are available now

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Garden in front of a city wall

Many citizens of Andernach know their place of residence as an edible city. But only a few actually use the public areas to harvest food. These are the results of a survey of the Andernach population. The IOER conducted the survey as part of a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The results are now available.
Further information on the German Website

IOER postdoc achieves success in current Leibniz Competition

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two hands enclose a tree

Dr. Martina Artmann, postdoc at Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) in Dresden, convinced in the Leibniz Competition 2020 with her project proposal "Urban human-nature resonance for sustainability transformation (URBNANCE)". She receives funding for her further research work and the establishment of a Leibniz-Junior Research Group at the IOER.
Further information on the German Website

Further general information on the Leibniz Competition

CO2 Prices on Heating Protect Climate at a Low Cost - Policy Brief on the Federal Government’s Climate Package

(Photo: H. Hensel/IOER-Media)
hand on a heating controller

In Germany, the buildings sector ranks high in terms of its amount of both final energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Putting a price on CO2 emissions is the most effective tool when it comes to curbing the sector’s high amount of harmful emissions. In turn, subsidies and regulatory requirements could largely be done without. The Climate Action Plan recently proposed by the federal government exacerbates social inequality via its redistribution effect. To counteract this, a per capita relief for taxes or social welfare contributions could be introduced to benefit especially low-income households. These are the findings put forward by researchers at ZEW Mannheim and the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IÖR) in Dresden in their latest policy brief on the federal government’s climate package.
Link to the Policy Brief (in German only)

Dresden Nexus Conference 2020:

"Circular Economy in a Sustainable Society"

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The third edition of the Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC2020) will take place 3–5 June 2020 in the heart of Saxony. DNC is a collaborative effort organized by the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), the United Nations University (UNU-FLORES), and the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden). The main theme of DNC2020 will be "Circular Economy in a Sustainable Society".  [more]
Direct link to the conference website

Who We Are ― IOER

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is a non-university research center in the field of spatial sciences, and a member of the Leibniz Association. Our subject is the sustainable development and transformation of cities and regions in the context of the global environmental crisis.

We investigate dynamic interactions between ecosystems and society at and across multiple spatial scales, as well as  options for responsible stewardship.  Our research is transdisciplinary, working with stakeholders in the public, private and civil society sectors on knowledge transfer and co-production. We aim to foster just urban and regional transformations that enable humanity to thrive within a safe ecological operating space.

We set great value on training and promoting young scientists. We also  promote gender equality and support the compatibility between work and family life. Our approach has therefore repeatedly received the TOTAL-E-QUALITY award.

Research Programme

Research Programme 2019+ (German ony)


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