Together for sustainable urban and regional development

The Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) and the City of Dresden want to work more closely together in future on the topics of climate protection, climate adaptation, biodiversity, energy and mobility, citizen participation, health and nutrition, as well as smart city and the use of Big Data.


In doing so, the partners will jointly explore new ways of local cooperation between science and practice. This is the aim of the cooperation agreement signed by Marc Wolfram, Director of the IOER, and Mayor Dirk Hilbert on Monday, 6 December 2021. 

The IOER and the City of Dresden are already working together in various projects on sustainable urban and regional development. Among other things, they are working on heat adaptation in densely built-up urban districts or the participatory design of processes of sustainable innovation. In the future, the partners want to orient themselves even more long-term and coordinate more strategically than before. 

The agreement aims at a new form and quality of local cooperation between science and practice. The aim is to take up and link different bodies of knowledge from politics, administration, business, science and civil society and make them equally useful for research and practice. The newly acquired knowledge should help to initiate, accelerate and perpetuate innovative processes and thus drive a profound change towards sustainability.

OLGA will actively contribute to the cooperation process with the strategies and implementation options for sustainable land use in Dresden and the surrounding area as well as a more regionalized agriculture and food economy in the region.

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