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How can mission-oriented research and innovation be designed and implemented in a sustainable way? And how can these efforts be coordinated between different actors, across policy fields and levels? These and other questions were the focus of the first international conference of the Leibniz Research Network Knowledge for Sustainable Development.

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On June 15, 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, seven scientists from the IOER are taking part.

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Under the title "Space & Transformation: Liveable Futures", the IOER Annual Conference 2022 on 22 and 23 September will focus on fundamental change in neighborhoods, cities, and regions. The conjoined Summer School on 21 September will offer early-stage researchers space to discuss their work.

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This year’s PhD Day took place at the IOER on 27 and 28 April. For the first time, the PhD candidates of the IOER organized it themselves and at the same time opened it up for new, also experimental formats.

Photo: Neelakshi Joshi

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For her article "Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Formal and Informal Urban Risk Knowledge in the Uttarakhand Himalayas", Neelakshi Joshi, a researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), has been awarded the BioOne Young Ambassador Award 2022. This annual and prestigious award by BioOne publishing "recognizes early-career authors who excel in the communication of their research to the general public".

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The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is once again looking for young researchers who will contribute to the implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. If they are successful in their application to the competition "Green Talents - International Forum for High-Potentials in Sustainable Development", they will be given the opportunity to get to know Germany as a sustainability location - for example during a research stay at the IOER. The application deadline is 24 May.

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Germany's landscapes are diverse and constantly changing. Growing cities, wind turbines and solar fields, high-voltage lines, new traffic routes, agricultural industry and increasing technology are changing the landscape faster and faster. The photo book "The Shape of Space - Landscapes of Germany as Images of Society" makes this change visible with diverse aerial photographs. The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) published it in collaboration with the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR). The landscape…

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Long periods of heat in summer are increasingly becoming a challenge for the housing stock in central Germany. However, building structures and building technology can be adapted effectively and economically, thereby safeguarding the quality of life. This has been shown by studies in the HeatResilientCity research project. The project team is now imparting this knowledge to the housing and real estate industry in a series of training courses. The first seminars will take place on 19 May in Erfurt and on 13 June in Dresden. Further training courses will follow in autumn.


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A profound change towards sustainability is needed worldwide in order to overcome global challenges such as the climate crisis. With the innovative concept of mission-oriented research, science is breaking new ground, together with a wide range of different actors. But what are the challenges and limitations of this new type of collaborative research? How can the approach be further developed in a promising way? This question will be addressed at the international conference "Missions for Sustainability: New approaches for science and society". The virtual conference will be held on 5th and…

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Under the theme "Biodiversity – Stewardship for Vital Resources", the fourth Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC2022) from 23 to 25 May is dedicated to one of the most pressing questions worldwide – how can biodiversity be protected and preserved, and how can the many associated challenges be overcome? The United Nations University (UNU-FLORES), the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), and the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) invite you to the international online conference. The conference programme is now online. In addition to keynote speeches by…

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