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Urban greenery helps people endure the Corona pandemic – it will remain an essential resource even after the crisis

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three people walk through a parc

With the easing of strict measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, city residents are once again heading outdoors in large numbers. The restrictions imposed by the pandemic have brought home in drastic fashion the enormous importance of local urban green space for our well-being – especially in times of crisis, but also in our normal daily lives. Research at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) demonstrates the fundamental role of green space in the city. [more]


Cultural tourism as a suitable strategy for structural change? – the IOER investigates potentials in Lusatia

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Little stream (Fließ) in the Spreewald-landscape with bridge and typical Spreewald barges, people on the bank, bicycles and a restaurant

Together with 14 international partners, over the next three years the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) will establish a new understanding of cultural tourism in Europe. This will help to promote the development of disadvantaged areas. Coordinated by the Mendel University of Brno, the IOER is conducting research into new forms of cultural tourism as part of the EU project SPOT. The aim is to develop strategies that can help the local population draw greater profit than previously from valuable cultural assets. [mehr]


Dresden Nexus Conference 2020: Same Time, Virtual Format, Registration Opens

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The Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC2020) will take place from 3 to 5 June. In view of the current Coronavirus pandemic, the conference will be offered entirely virtually and free of charge. The international conference will focus on the question of how a circular economy can contribute to a sustainable society and what role the Nexus Approach, i.e. the integrated management of natural resources, can play in this. Jointly organised by the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, the United Nations University (UNU-FLORES), and the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), registration for the virtual DNC2020 is now open. [more]
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Successfully started: 10th cohort of the DLGS

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The tenth cohort of the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) started at the beginning of March. The fellows of the international graduate school will spend three years researching various issues in the field of sustainable urban development. The application period for cohort number 11 starts in May. [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.