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International Workshop on Food Security Modelling

by David

From March 10-12, the UFZ was host to an international workshop on “Modelling approaches to enhance food security: Synergies from bridging the gap between the micro and the macro scale”, organised by Birgit Müller and our POLISES group...

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Web-based food security game

by David

By Jakob Lochner

Most products in the supermarket have seen more countries in their lifetime than I have, even though I like traveling. It is everybody’s own responsibility to be aware where the purchased products come from…

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POLISES at the Resilience Conference 2017

by Gunnar Dreßler

Once every three years, scientists, practitioners – and even artists – from all over the world gather together for the Resilience Conference to discuss research on social-ecological systems under transformations. From August 21-23, 2017, Stockholm served as an exceptionally pleasant host for this year’s conference, which Birgit, Gunnar and our cooperation partner Lance Robinson attended...

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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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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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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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