Science Year 2012 “Project Earth: Our Future”

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The Science Year 2012 “Project Earth: Our Future” is dedicated to research for sustainable development. Sustainability research is the key to the future. We need to find a research approach that encompasses economic, ecological and social aspects – without solving one problem at the expense of another.

Climate change, demographic change and the loss of biodiversity are global challenges which will have to be solved in coming years. Researchers in the fields of environmental research, energy research, economics and the humanities are working on preserving the planet for future generations.


The Science Year 2012 “Project Earth: Our Future” is dedicated to sustainability research, thus continuing the tradition of interdisciplinary dialogue on issues that are vital for the future of society.

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How do we want to live?

How can we live a good life without jeopardizing the life-sustaining systems of future generations? This has become a central question for many people and for research devoted to sustainable development.

How do we want to live

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Conserving the Enviroment

Climate change, economic globalization and human intervention in nature are changing our environment. The loss of biodiversity in particular is a threat to human well-being and a challenge for research.

Conserving the Enviroment


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Finding treasure in the waste

The UN Rio+20 Summit will focus on the green economy as one of the three fundamental pillars of sustainable economic order worldwide. The goal of the green economy is to combat climate change, to distribute prosperity more justly and to use natural resources more efficiently.

Finding treasure in the waste

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Defining sustainability

Sustainability has become a buzzword that is used in all sorts of different contexts: in politics, in science, in advertising. But is the term even clearly defined, or does it mean something different depending on the situation? 


Defining sustainability