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How can spatial data and spatial analysis support the transition to sustainability? This question is the focus of the 4th International Land Use Symposium ILUS 2023, which will take place in Ahmedabad, India, from 4 to 6 October 2023. ILUS2023 will address tools, methods and application for transforming cities and regions. Registration is possible until 10 September 2023.


View into the spirally growing leaves of a green plant.

Worldwide a profound change towards more sustainability is needed in order to overcome global challenges such as the climate crisis. With the innovative concept of mission-oriented research, science, together with a wide range of different stakeholders, is breaking new ground. But this new way of doing research itself has some challenges to overcome and needs certain prerequisites. A position paper of the Leibniz Research Network "Knowledge for Sustainable Development" addresses these challenges. It draws attention to seven key lessons.

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Big city at night, graphic network structures span the city

The intensive interactions of digitalisation and spatial development are the focus of the Spatial Science Colloquium 2023 (SSC2023), an event hosted by the Leibniz Research Network "Spatial Knowledge for Society and Environment – Leibniz R". For the first time, the SSC will take place on two days: 4 July is an online event aimed at an international scientific audience. Day 2 on 5 July will be a face-to-face event in Berlin dedicated to the application-oriented exchange between science, politics and practice.

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City map in 3D with buildings in orange tones as well as green spaces and a blue river

The sustainable transformation of cities and regions requires specific knowledge resources as well as data, analyses and digital tools. In the future, science and practice will be able to fall back on services of the new research data centre IOER RDC, which the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) will establish over the next few years. It will be headed by data expert Dr Ramona Voshage. A new website provides information on the services offered by the IOER RDC.

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Balconies of a high-rise building with awnings and sunshades.

Adaptation to summer heat is becoming increasingly crucial in German cities. A new online tool helps users to determine the effectiveness of various adaptation measures outdoors as well as in and around buildings. The "HRC-Hitzetool" (HRC heat tool) was developed as part of the HeatResilientCity (HRC) project - a joint effort of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development and the Technische Universität Dresden along with research and community partners. The tool is suited to use by municipalities, the housing industry and individual people alike.


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Map detail of Dresden with colourful buildings on a black background

Since the beginning of March, citizens of Dresden can actively participate in a citizen science project. The project is about bringing together knowledge about the city's diverse buildings in a digital map and thus making it visible and usable. The information is collected on the online platform "Colouring Dresden", which is operated by the IOER. Various event formats provide insight into the project and invite people to join in the research.

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A woman stands with her back to the camera in front of three exhibition panels.

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 exhibition "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) and the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) will present the exhibition from 15 May to 9 June…

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A person embraces a tree.

The socio-ecological crisis is having an increasingly negative impact on our everyday lives. Nevertheless, so far there is little sign of the urgently needed societal change towards sustainability. Why is that? How can this be changed? And what role does our relationship with nature play in this context? Martina Artmann, head of the Leibniz-Junior Research Group "Urban human-nature resonance for sustainability transformation" at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), explores these questions in an article. It has been published in the open access journal…

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Bird's eye view of the roofs of a residential area

There is a shortage of housing in many cities. New construction and thus redensification on the outskirts of the city could provide a remedy. But the different logics of action of landowners and other actors often stand in the way. In the SUBDENSE project, an interdisciplinary team, including Mathias Jehling from the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), is looking at this challenge of sustainable urban development. The project is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and other international research agencies.

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Map detail of Dresden with colourful buildings on a black background

The time has come! – On 6 March, the platform "Colouring Dresden" will be launched. It is part of a new citizen science project in which interested citizens of Dresden can actively participate. Thematically, it is about researching Dresden's stock of buildings. The project team will explain how those who are interested can get involved on 6 March, from 4 p.m. in the Central Library in the Kulturpalast Dresden.

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

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