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International Land Use Symposium ILUS 2019: Registration open

(Source: IOER)
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Sustainable spatial development requires more and more precise and comprehensive information for planning and political decisions. This applies in particular to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. An international symposium to be held in Paris from 4 to 6 December 2019 will address current developments in the analysis, modelling and visualisation of data on land use and land cover changes. The registration is still possible.
Direct-Link to the conference website

IOER hosts International Conference on Natural Capital, Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity

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Together with the Biodiversity Conservation Center (BCC), a nonprofit, non-governmental organization in Russia, the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) organizes an international conference on natural capital, ecosystem services and biodiversity. The conference will take place on 19 and 20 November 2019 in Moscow, Russia. Around 70 invited participants will discuss national and international processes of the assessment of ecosystem services. The conference is part of the IOER project TEEB-Russia-2. Conference languages will be Russian and English.

Further information on the conference in English
Further information on the conference in Russian
Further information on the current project TEEB-Russia 2

The Leibniz Insitute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) wins two poster awards at ESP World Conference 2019

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The IOER was represented with two posters at the ESP10 World Conference of the Ecosystem Service Partnership in Hannover in October 2019, both of which were honored with an award. [more]



IZS-Projekt zur Zukunft der Lausitz – Austausch mit Wissenschaft und Praxis

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Forschungsansätze für einen Strukturwandel, die Vernetzung von Wissenschaft und Praxis sowie die Frage, welche Anforderungen sich an einen Leitbildprozess zur Transformation in der Lausitz stellen– diesen Themen widmeten sich im Oktober zwei Veranstaltungen, zu denen das Interdisziplinäre Zentrum für ökologischen und revitalisierenden Stadtumbau (IZS) nach Görlitz eingeladen hatte. [mehr]

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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