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Essbarer Garten in Städten/edible garden in cities

On 9 June, Anne Seiwert successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Implementation of Biodiversity Policy in Urban Contexts: Between Structural-Institutional Framework Conditions and Discursive Knowledge Orders" at the Technische Universität Dresden. The dissertation was written complementary to the IOER project UrbanNBS, which dealt with municipal strategies for strengthening biodiversity in cities. Further information German.

Dresden Nexus Conference

An inaugural regional interim workshop (DNCi) took place on 9 June 2021 as part of the international Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) event series. Jointly organised by United Nations University (UNU-FLORES), the Leibniz Institute for Ecological and Spatial Development (IOER), and the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) invited participants, DNC regularly focuses on the Resource Nexus, i.e. the integrated management of water, soil, waste, energy, and other environmental resources. While the conference series is aimed at a global audience from science and practice, the new workshop format…

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Bellevue Palace Berlin

Settlement monitoring and the practical application of open geodata - these are the topics which the IOER will present at the "Week of the Environment" in June. Under the heading "This is how the future works!" the German Federal President and the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) invite to the event. 150 exhibitors were selected by a jury of experts from more than 400 applications. Due to the Corona situation, they present their topics digitally. The opening on 10 June by the German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will also be attended by Ursula von der Leyen, the…

German Sustainability Science Summit 2021

On 8 and 9 July 2021 the German Sustainability Science Summit 2021 will take place as an interactive virtual event. The IOER is organising three sessions on different aspects of its research work. The summit continues the series of the German Future Earth Summits organised by the German Committee Future Earth (Deutsches Komitee für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung, DKN). Registration for the Summit is open from 18 to 28 June.

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City in China

Findings for recent questions of sustainable urban development are presented after three and a half year joint research and discussion of European and Chinese experts in the project TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA.

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From autumn 2021, it will once again be possible to test living and working in Görlitz, the easternmost city in Germany, located directly at the Polish border. The project “Testing the City of the Future – A living and working experiment for a climate neutral city of Görlitz” focuses on a new aspect. The participants are to support Görlitz with their ideas and expertise on the path to more sustainability. To do this, they can try out the city as a place to live, work and live for three months.

Raumbilder Lausitz 2050

Spatial visions for a future-oriented development of Lusatia - they will be created by July as part of the planning laboratory "Raumbilder Lausitz 2050" (Spatial Images Lusatia 2050 - Designing Sustainable Transformation). 24 national and international teams applied to take part, and four of them were selected. The planning laboratory has now officially started with a two-day kick-off event at the end of March and excursions to the region in the midst of structural transformation in April.

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Innenstadt Görlitz

The COVID-19 pandemic will leave its mark on many historic city centres. Consequences for the urban space can already be assessed and solution strategies developed. Using the example of the Historic Towns Working Group, Erik Mann, a graduate of the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), has investigated in his Master's thesis what influence the Corona pandemic could have on the inner cities and their further development. The most important results are summarised in a policy paper. The work was supervised by Prof. Dr. Robert Knippschild from the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional…

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For the first time, researchers from various institutions, including the IOER, have systematically examined the stock of non-residential buildings in Germany. The result is the "Research databank on non-residential buildings". It will be the focus of the final project conference on April 28 and 29. The conference will be held in digital form. Interested parties from politics, administration, business and science are invited to discuss the results with the project team. The deadline for registration is 18 April.

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Hand mit Ähre

How can the world's population be fed safely, fairly and sustainably in the future? This question will be addressed at a Food Systems Summit announced by the UN Secretary General for 2021. The IOER is providing scientific support on the way to the summit. The objective is to derive possible paths and dynamics of change from the perspectives of different groups of actors and from the negotiation processes.

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