UNU-FLORES and IOER Embark on Cooperation

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  • 2014/01/13     Dresden, Germany

    In January, the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) and UNU-FLORES met for the first coordination committee. Following the signing of a cooperation agreement in late 2013, UNU-FLORES and IOER discussed plans to conduct joint research projects, including case-based research in an international context, as well as the production of joint publications and the joint organization and participation in academic meetings and conferences. The two institutes will exchange scientific and technical information and cooperate in the transfer and application of knowledge. Mutual activities for the benefit of young scientists are also planned, including joint teaching activities, primarily at UNU and the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD).

    DSC_2097_webThe cooperation between the two Dresden-based institutes has many potential benefits, as IOER and UNU-FLORES have many common research interests – such as an environmentally conscious development of urban areas and regions, the sustainable use of environmental resources such as soil, water and waste, and the implications of climate change and demographic change on these developments.

    UNU-FLORES accords enormous importance to the cooperation agreement in light of the proposed joint PhD program of UNU-FLORES and TUD and the establishment of an operating unit of UNU-FLORES in Maputo/Mozambique. The Director of IOER, Professor Bernhard Mueller, was very satisfied with the progress achieved to date and highlighted the successful collaboration of both institutes at the recently organized Nexus Observatory Workshop in New Delhi.

    In February, an academic exchange workshop with staff from both institutes will be organized to identify and activate collaboration opportunities on a number of additional fronts including joint publication, the development of a curriculum for the proposed PhD programme and the organisation of joint conference on climate change and the nexus.