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Biodiversity is existential for human life and survival. How can we protect and preserve it? What solutions does the Resource Nexus offer in this context, i. e. integrated perspectives for dealing with vital resources? These questions are the focus of the fourth international Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC2022). From 23 to 25 May, the United Nations University (UNU-FLORES), the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) and the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) invite experts from all over the world to the online conference. Early bird registration at reduced…

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Banner of the event DNC 2020

For the short-term and very successful realization of the international Dresden Nexus Conference 2020 as a virtual event (eDNC2020), the organising institutions IOER, UNU-FLORES and TU Dresden receive the eku – Zukunftspreis (eku – Future Award) of the Saxon Ministry of the Environment (SMEKUL). The organisers of the eDNC2020 are awarded in the category "eku erfolg Wissenschaft" (eku success science). The contribution was selected by an expert panel from a total of 63 submissions.

Prof. Dr. Hans Petzold (Photo: U. Schumacher/IOER-Media)

Prof. Hans Petzold

On 6 November 2021, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans Petzold, the first Director of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), passed away after a serious illness. He headed the Institute from 1992 to 1996 and had accompanied the founding of the IOER in the period of German reunification with tireless commitment and vision. The staff bid farewell in memory of his services to the Institute.

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On November 10, 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. Scientists from the IOER are Sebastian Heer on the topic of "public participation" and Christoph Schünemann on the topic of "energetic building refurbishment".

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Event with participants in the green

By surveying guests and the population in the Lieberose/Oberspreewald district, scientists of the IOER investigated the question of what opportunities and challenges exist for cultural tourism in this part of Lusatia region. Questions about the influence of the Corona pandemic on tourism in rural areas were also included in the study. The results of the surveys have now been published online.

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Peterskirche in Görlitz

In the project "Testing the City of the Future - A living and working experiment for a climate neutral city of Görlitz", the trial stay phase is now starting. Until the end of the year, the first three participants can try out Görlitz as a place to live, work and live. During their three-month stay, they will support the city with their ideas and expertise on the path to climate neutrality and more sustainability. A total of 18 of these trial stays are planned until March 2023.

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Look over the participants to the speaker an the presentation slide

Under the heading "Space & Transformation", the Annual Conference of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) on 23 and 24 September 2021 took a look at aspects of societal change and the role that space and spatial sciences play in it. The conference took place in a new format. It was flanked by further events for young researchers and a broad public.

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The project "meinGrün - Information and navigation to urban green spaces in cities" comes to an end with a final workshop and a public presentation. The central result is the meinGrün app, with which users in the pilot cities of Dresden and Heidelberg can rediscover known and unknown green spaces and how to get there. The project team has also created important conditions for the meinGrün infrastructure to be used in other cities in Germany and internationally. The project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) as part of the mFUND innovation…

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The state of Brandenburg is organising the phase-out of lignite and the associated transformation process in the form of a complex workshop process (Werkstatt-Prozess). Part of this process are five thematic workshops (Werkstätten), which started their work at the beginning of 2021. Researchers from the IOER have observed and analysed the establishment and initial work steps of these workshops as part of the "Transformation Lusatia" project. They present their findings in a recent policy brief.


Map on banner for Messe Dresden

Self-protection against floods is becoming increasingly important. This is particularly true for the protection of residential buildings. The new information tool FLOOD.Bi can be used to determine and minimise the risk of flood damage to buildings. The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) developed the tool together with the Saxon State Office for the Environment, Agriculture and Geology (LfULG) in the EU project STRIMA II. On 11 and 12 September, a team from both institutions will present the new online tool at the "Bauen Kaufen Wohnen", a fair on construction…

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.