Photo: Artem Sapegin on Unsplash

picture of a mountain landscape in fog

How can actors in Saxony contribute to the fulfilment of global biodiversity goals? This question was the focus of the Interim Dresden Nexus Conference (DNCi2023) in summer 2023, a regional workshop format related to the international Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC). The summary of the results has now been published by the three organising institutions: United Nations University (UNU-FLORES), Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) and TUD Dresden University of Technology.

Database: GeoSN, dl-de/by-2-0

Map section of a city on a river, shades of green indicate tree tops of different heights.

The IOER team would like to thank all cooperation partners, funding bodies and service providers for their excellent collaboration and support.

Database: GeoSN, dl-de/by-2-0

Representation of the treetops in the Großer Garten area in different shades of green on a black background.

Markus Münzinger, research associate at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), has received the SaxFDM FAIRest Data Award for the Canopy Height Model Dresden 2017 data set. With this award, the initiative "SaxFDM – Forschungsdatenmanagement in Sachsen" (Research Data Management in Saxony) honours data sets that best fulfil the so-called FAIR principles. The award ceremony took place on 19 October during the SaxFDM conference in Chemnitz.

Photo: Kilarov Zaneit on Unsplash

A man walks on a pedestrian bridge along a road towards high-rise buildings.

Questions of sustainable urbanism, spatial planning and transformation as well as the role of technology in shaping future cities are the focus of an international Winter School hosted by the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS). The event will take place on 15 December in Dresden.

Photo: trealon on Pixabay

Plants in close-up on a green area, buildings blurred in the background

What needs to be achieved in spatial development, i.e. in the planning and design of landscapes, regions, cities and neighbourhoods, so that people can live quickly and permanently in harmony with nature? – This is the question addressed by the IOER Conference 2024. Under the heading "Space & Transformation: Living in Harmony with Nature", the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) invites scientists and practitioners to the event. The IOER Conference will take place on 26 and 27 September at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden. The day before, the Dresden…

Photo: A. Pohl/IÖR-Media

Two people shake hands and smile to the camera

With a sixth joint professorship appointment, the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) and the TUD Dresden University of Technology are strengthening their collaboration. Martin Behnisch, senior researcher at the IOER, has been appointed to the newly created Chair for Spatial Information and Modelling at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences. He is also the new head of the Research Area of the same name at the IOER

Photo: Cheng-Chen Hsu/NTU

Six people stand next to each other smiling, the two in the middle hold folders with seals in their hands.

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) and the National Taiwan University (NTU) intend to work more closely on questions of sustainable urban and regional development in the future. Through the exchange of scientists at all career levels and joint research projects, new concepts and approaches for transformative change shall be developed. This forms the subject of a cooperation agreement that both institutions signed in July 2023.


In December 2022 an international coalition for advancing research assessment was formed (CoARA). Together with partners, the IOER is now leading one of the first CoARA Working Groups confirmed at the beginning of August. The Working Group will deal with the assessment of transdisciplinarity regarding its importance for solving pressing societal problems.


Graphic: N. Bongaerts/IOER-Media

Graphic with green background shows city structures, landscape and wind turbines.

A sustainable mobility culture and infrastructure will be the topic of a panel discussion entitled "Verkehrswende Dresden – Verkehrsflächen neu denken". The event will take place on 5 September at COSMO Science Forum. It kicks off the autumn series of the IOER Forum.


Banner of Book a Scientist

On September 12, curious minds are invited to a new edition of "Book a Scientist". In this format, initiated by the Leibniz Association, Leibniz researchers answer questions on topics that touch everyday life. This time, five scientists from the IOER are taking part.

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.