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Under the heading "Space & Transformation", the Annual Conference of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) will focus on societal change. The two-day conference, from 23 to 24 September 2021, will be complemented by other events. There will be offers for young scientists as well as for the citizens of Dresden.

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Barrier in a flooded alleyway

In the summer, extreme heavy rainfall has caused flooding and massive destruction in municipalities and districts. The statistics show that in the future we will have to deal with such extreme weather events and their consequences more often in Germany. What can be done? The IOER has been researching this question for many years and developing solution strategies with partners from science and practice.

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With the phase-out of lignite mining in 2038, Lusatia is facing its second major structural shift since the 1990s. This year, the "DENKSALON Ecological and Revitalising Urban Renewal" will deal with the challenges posed by this complex process. On 1 and 2 October 2021, interested people from science and practice are invited to the event series at the Schlesisches Museum in Görlitz.

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meadow flower strip in front of a house

How can municipalities achieve a lot for a good urban climate, biodiversity and the well-being of the population even with small green spaces and very targeted measures? - This is the question addressed by a further education programme within the framework of the EU project SALUTE4CE (Salute for Central Europe). A city excursion in Erfurt on 14 September will show examples of how municipalities can apply the concept of Urban Environmental Acupuncture in a goal-oriented way.

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With its expertise on transformation processes in Lusatia Region, the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) once again advised the Committee for Regional Development in the Saxon State Parliament. The 12th session of the committee dealt with the question of how cross-border cooperation between Saxony and Brandenburg can succeed in the phase-out of lignite mining. Prof. Dr. Robert Knippschild and Dr. Sebastian Heer from the IOER were invited as experts.

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The Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) is looking for young researchers who would like to gain further qualifications in the field of spatial sustainability sciences.

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In a second round, the Joint Science Conference of the Federal Government and the Heads of Government of the Länder (Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz – GWK) is funding further consortia for the development of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). The IOER is a partner in the consortia NFDI4Earth and BERD@NFDI.

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Scientists from a wide range of disciplines from Leibniz Association institutions are launching an initiative for "Integrated Earth System Research". Together with partners from Germany, Europe and other countries, they will investigate the current epoch of the Earth’s history, which is strongly influenced by humans, in a coordinated and interdisciplinary way as never before. The findings will point out both high-risk and safe development paths for politics, business and civil society.

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In order to preserve a liveable planet for future generations, much has to change fundamentally – and also rather quickly: Ecological processes induced by human activity are increasingly irreversible and lead ever deeper into a global crisis. With its new vision and mission statement (Leitbild) and new structure, the IOER focuses on this challenge and develops spatial science based responses for sustainability transformations in regions, cities and neighbourhoods.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

The IOER is inviting applications to Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships as a host organisation. We are looking for applicants aiming to undertake cutting-edge research in the spatial sustainability sciences. The deadline for applications is 13 July 2021.

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

FS Sachsen

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