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Green light for Leibniz Research Network on spatial sciences

black writing "Leibniz" with blue addition "Leibniz Association"

In future, leading research institutions, including the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), will pool their expertise in spatial science in the Leibniz Research Network "Spatial Knowledge for Society and the Environment". The Leibniz Association's Executive Board has approved the request of several Leibniz Institutes. [more]

Saxony's science minister visits the IOER

(Photo: K. Uhlich/IOER-Media)
two men in suits engrossed in conversation

On August 28, the Saxon State Minister for Science, Sebastian Gemkow, visits the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER). Professor Marc Wolfram, the director, and the team of the IOER gave insights into the future topics the institute is working on and presented current research projects to the minister. [further information in German]

Touring exhibition revives historic city centres in Saxony and Lower Silesia

(Photo: REVIVAL/IOER-Media)
exhibition walls are set up one behind the other at a place

In the project REVIVAL! - Revitalization of Historic Towns in Lower Silesia and Saxony a touring exhibition has been created. Until the beginning of October it is on tour in the German-Polish border region. It provides information about the history and architectural heritage of the ten cities involved in the project and how both can be used to revitalise the historical centres. Next year, the exhibition will also be on display in Dresden. [more]

Heavy rain risk prevention in Saxony and Europe - new website informs about suitable measures

(Source: A. Sauer, IOER)
detailview of a map

A collection of information, tools and practical examples for dealing with the natural hazard of heavy rainfall events is now available to local authorities and interested parties. The release of these toolbox marks the end of the EU project RAINMAN. Among other things, the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) has contributed high-resolution hazard warning maps. [more]

About us - IOER

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is a non-university research center, 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 human-ecological 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 interdisciplinary, working across the social, natural and engineering sciences. It is also transdisciplinary, collaborating in knowledge co-production with stakeholders in the public, private and civil society sectors. We aim to foster just urban and regional transformations that enable humanity to thrive within a safe ecological operating space.

We are committed to comprehensive sustainability management for all our activities. We set great value on training young researchers and supporting academic careers. We also promote equal opportunities and 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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