At the same time, due to the migration of people into urban areas and a therefore increasingly older population, rural areas are faced with a difficult task: The variety of offerings and quality of life are decreasing, and educational and health care institutions are often difficult to reach. The future prospects of entire regions remain uncertain.
With our projects, we contribute to the sustainable improvement of the quality of life both in urban and rural areas. Along the way, we put humans – regardless of age and background – in focus and enrich the often technology-laden discourse with new perspectives. We concentrate on two aspects:
- Research in the natural and social sciences as a basis for recommended actions
- Citizens who actively help shape their environments
Research in Natural and Social Sciences
The results of research conducted in the natural and social sciences provide valuable impetus and information that form the basis for new recommendations for action. However, the implementation often breaks down due to the different interests of the players involved and the concrete behavior of the people. That is why we foster both the top level of research on sustainable use of renewable natural resources as well as the exchange among scientists, teachers, and students on questions of ecological sustainability.
Active Civil Society
Civic behavior is one possible response to the social challenges. We encourage and enable decision-makers in cities and communities as well as their citizens to themselves develop sustainable solutions for their environments. Additionally, we support the initiatives of active citizens that help to directly shape the ability of people to live together in their local communities.