Statement on the occasion of inauguration

Spatial research for the anthropocene

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram (Photo: private)
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram (Photo: private)

Statement of the new director of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Professor Marc Wolfram, on the occasion of taking office on 1 July 2019. [Read the complete statement]

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.


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Research Programme

Research Programme 2019+ (German ony)

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

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