Notice on Data Protection

Data protection

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development in Dresden is committed to protecting your data. We treat all personal data as confidential; in particular, we observe relevant data protection laws as well as the provisions in this data protection notice.

In general, our website can be used without providing any personal data. In cases where you are asked to provide personal data such as your name, address or email address, this will be on a voluntary basis as far as possible. Any such data will not be passed on to third parties without your express consent.

We would like to point out that data transmission via the Internet (e.g. email communication) is never completely secure. Specifically, it is impossible to ensure that transmitted data is protected against unauthorised access by some third party. 

To provide you with a comprehensive range of information, hyperlinks to external offers (web pages of other providers) appear on this website. We have no influence over the content and operation of these offers. Clearly, this data protection notice does not cover such external sites.

If you have any other questions on data protection at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development, please contact our data protection officer.


Our web pages make use of so-called "cookies", which are small text files downloaded to your computer and saved by your browser. These do not damage your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies are used to make our website more user-friendly, effective and secure.

Most of the cookies used by us are so-called "session cookies". These are automatically deleted at the end of your visit. Other cookies will be stored on your end device until you delete them. Such cookies enable us to recognise your browser at your next visit.  

You can adjust your browser settings to inform you when cookies are stored, to accept cookies only for certain websites or to always reject cookies as well as automatically delete any cookies when your browser is closed. However, deactivating cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

Server Log Files

The provider of these web pages automatically collects and saves information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transmits to us. These are:

Browser type/ browser version

Type of operating system

Referrer URL

Host name of your end device

The time of the server request

This data cannot be linked to individual persons. Furthermore, this data is not linked to any other sources of data. We reserve the right to check this data at some later date if we have concrete suspicions of unlawful usage of our website.

Contact form

If you send us a query via our contact form, then your details provided in the form (including the given contact data) will be stored by us solely to process your query and to answer any follow-up queries. We will not pass on this data to any third party without your consent.   

Newsletter data

If you wish to subscribe to the newsletter offered on this website then we require an email address from you as well as information that allows us to confirm that you are the owner of the stated email address and that you wish to receive the newsletter. This data is only used by us for sending the requested newsletter and will not be passed on to any third party. We may collect further data on a voluntary basis with the sole purpose of improving this newsletter offer.

Your consent to the storing of this data, the email address as well its use in sending the newsletter can be withdrawn at any time simply by clicking on the "unsubscribe" link in the newsletter.

Data protection notice on the use of Matomo (Formerly known as Piwik)

This website makes use of the open source web analytics service Matomo. Matomo uses "cookies", which are short text files stored on your computer that enable your usage of the website to be analysed. Information generated by the cookie regarding your website usage is then stored on our server. The IP address is anonymised before being saved.

The information on usage of the website generated by the cookie is not passed on to any third party. You can prevent cookies from being stored by adjusting your browser settings. However, we would like to point out that in so doing you may restrict some website functionality.

If you object to the storage and use of your data, then you can deactivate such activities here. In this case an opt-out cookie will be downloaded to your browser to prevent Matomo from saving any data on usage. Please note that deletion of all cookies will also delete this Matomo opt-out cookie. The opt-out option must then be reactivated at a later visit.

Unsubscribe Matomo detection

Data protection notice on the usage of YouTube

Our website uses plug-ins from the YouTube website, which is owned and operated by Google. The provider of YouTube services is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. If you visit one of our web pages that features a YouTube plug-in then a link will be generated to YouTube servers. In this way the YouTube server is notified about the pages you have visited.

If you are logged onto your YouTube account, YouTube will be able to directly link your surfing behaviour to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

More details on the handling of user data can be found in YouTube’s own data protection policy under

Data access, deletion and blocking

You have permanent right of access at no charge to personal data that we have stored about you, to information on the origin and recipient(s) of this data, the purpose of data processing as well as the right to rectify, block or delete personal data. If you have any questions on this or any other topic related to the protection of personal data, just contact us under the address given in the Imprint.

Rejection of promotional emails

We strictly reject the use of contact data published in our Imprint, as required by law, for the transmission of any promotional or informational materials not expressly requested. The operator of these web pages reserves the right to take legal action if such undesired promotional information is sent, such as via spam emails. 


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.