Graphic: N. Bongaerts/IOER-Media

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

The autumn series 2023 of the IÖR-Forum is dedicated to the change of land use. To kick things off, representatives from science, practice and civil society will discuss mobility in Dresden. This will be followed by lectures and discussions by scientists and practitioners on individual aspects of the topic until the end of the year.

Drawing: N. Bongaerts/IOER

Animated film scene: a boy stands with a questioning face in front of a city skyline, the sun shining.

At the end of the HeatResilientCity II project, which was led by the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), the project partners have compiled important findings from the total project duration of more than five years and summarised them in two explanatory videos. In addition, a heat manual provides information on the health consequences of heat in the city and gives recommendations for action.


Photo: A.-M. Schielicke/IOER-Media

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The series "IOER Forum" starts in autumn 2023 with a new look. The series of events of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) serves the dialogue and exchange with society. So far it has offered thematically diverse lectures. Now new formats are being added. Participation is open to all interested parties and is still free of charge.

Name of the journal in blue and red letters, underlaid with a map of Europe.

Since June 2023, the Open-Access-journal "Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning" is part of the database Scopus. The journal, which is published by the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) and four further members of the Research Network "Spatial Knowledge for Society and Environment (Leibniz R)", has thus reached a major milestone.


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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) on 23 June, a regional workshop format related to the international Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC). Around 50 experts from science, politics and practice accepted the invitation of the United Nations University (UNU-FLORES), the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) and the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) and discussed regional solutions for the biodiversity crisis.

Illustration: OpenStreetMap contributors

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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.

Illustration: Gerd Altmann on Pixabay

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.

Graphic: IOER-Media

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.

Photo: H. Hensel/IOER-Media

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.


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

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