IOER Annual Conference 2021 "Space & Transformation" – Submission of contributions until 31 March

With the global ecological crisis a transformation has become urgently necessary, because the exceeding of planetary boundaries endangers human existence and social justice permanently. For this reason, the IOER Annual Conference is dedicated to questions of societal change under the heading "Space & Transformation".

How do transformations and space influence each other? What can spatial approaches contribute to a better understanding of transformations and to making them more sustainable? How does this change spatial science?

The team of the IOER would like to discuss these questions together with guests on 23 and 24 September at IOER’s Annual Conference at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden. Interested experts from science and practice are invited to submit their contributions until 31 March.

The contributions in the formats of article, speed talk or dialogue should focus on the following aspects of space and transformation:

  • Human-nature-connection in urban and suburban areas
  • Transformative capacity, transition governance and spatial planning
  • Metabolisms and circularity in cities and regions
  • Spatial visualization and modeling of transformations

In addition, contributions that fit the conference theme but cannot be assigned to any of the four specific tracks can be submitted in an open track.

Autumn School for early-stage researchers on 22 September

On the preceding day of the conference there is the possibility to participate in our Autumn School of the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) likewise on the topic "Space & Transformation". Various formats are planned for this, including with Julia Leventon (CzechGlobe), James Evans (Manchester University) and Marc Wolfram (IÖR), among others. Submissions of contributions are also welcome here for the four thematic strands and the open track of the main conference. Interested persons can already submit their contributions via the conference website and indicate in the registration form that the submission is for the Atumn School.


The IOER Annual Conference is a place for inter- and transdisciplinary exchange. It addresses its questions to both scientists and practitioners. In addition to staff members from the research areas of the IOER, important protagonists of national and European transformation and spatial research provide impulses for the IOER Annual Conference.

Further information on the conference website

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We are currently planning the conference as a face-to-face event at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden and are preparing for all eventualities in the context of the pandemic with very spacious rooms and a comprehensive hygiene concept. Of course, we are closely monitoring the development and will inform you in case of a change of the formate.

Contact im IÖR

Dr. Markus Egermann und Philip Harms (concept), Katrin Vogel (organisation)


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