‘Social-Ecological Research’, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)’s interdisciplinary funding programme, supports the goal of developing a sustainable society while ensuring social justice and prosperity. Topics range from sustainable consumption to an environmentally and socially acceptable transformation of the energy sector. The funded research projects are characterised by inter- and transdisciplinary approaches: they involve different professional insights, practical knowledge, and key stakeholder requirements, with the aim to continually develop holistic and practical solutions.
One example is the ‘Energiesuffizienz’ project that examines the reduction of energy requirements in different devices such as, for example, home appliances. Energy engineers, physicists, and biologists, together with equipment manufacturers and designers, find solutions to reduce the energy required to operate devices. Another is the ‘NAH_Gast’ project, in which nutritionists, social scientists, and economists, together with partners from the food industry, develop sustainable products for catering and canteens.
To ensure high standards throughout the funding process and project term, the DLR Project Management Agency makes use of its interdisciplinary skills throughout the process: from consulting the client and applicant on the development of new research topics and designing support strategies to evaluating funding measures. In addition to many years of experience working with inter- and transdisciplinary projects, we rely on the diverse expertise of our employees in geology, geography, home economics, sociology, and economics. Additionally, our employees have many years of experience in transdisciplinary research as well as experience in the private sector and in political institutions.