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Junior Researchers on the Move

by David

At POLISES, we don’t just run simulations. Some of us regularly go out jogging in Leipzig’s abundant green spaces, along rivers or lakesides, across parks and forests...

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Social-ecological modelling at the American West Coast

by Birgit Müller

In the second half of April I had the chance to attend three interesting events in California and Oregon.  First I took part in the Agent-based Modelling Symposium ABM 2017...

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Presenting models in scientific posters

by Felix

Communicating models and their results can be difficult, especially to people who do not model themselves. That is, at least, what different modelers write in their publications (Grimm et al. 2006, Lorscheid et al. 2012). Complicated model designs, numerous parameters, advanced statistical methods, and non-linear relationships can indeed be very hard to explain...

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SEEMI Project started

by Meike Will

In March, the new project SEEMI (Social-Ecological Effects of Microinsurance) started which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The 3-year PhD project is in close cooperation with the POLISES group and focuses...

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Felix's research stay in sunny Arizona

by Felix

It is always fascinating to experience a change of scenery for a while. And I was very lucky that our project funds contained money for 3-months research stays abroad. Therefore, I want to explicitly thank the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research for the funding that made this endeavor possible in the first place...

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We started the year in sunny Arizona

by Gunnar Dreßler

Directly after New Year’s Day, Birgit, Felix and Gunnar went off to a trip that took them half-way around the globe to Tempe, Arizona. Here, all three took part in a Winter School on modeling human decision-making in agent-based models of social-ecological systems...

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Research trip to the International Livestock Research Institute

by Gunnar Dreßler

At the end of November, I spent one week at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi and Addis Ababa. About one year after Felix’ research trip to Ethiopia, I had the opportunity to return to ILRI to work on a first project report with our project partner Lance Robinson...

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Packaging tomatoes in the Souss area, Morocco

Exploring Hunger Crises and Local Food Sovereignty

by David

In the past summer semester, I had the opportunity to teach a seminar at the University of Leipzig’s geography department. More than 30 students, mostly freshmen and sophomores, prepared presentations and then contributed...

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PhD Position for a Modeler

by David

We are excited to announce a new 3-year PhD position opening up at our department. Birgit's new DFG-funded project looks at the social and ecological effects of microinsurance. You'll find the...

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Seminar on the Impact of Insurance in Stockholm

by Birgit Müller

Insurance has been promoted by policy makers at the global level as an appropriate instrument to cope with increasing climate risk under global change. However, are there unwanted by-effects? In a recent letter...

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