The range of our events is based on the IRS´s self-understanding as providing both the sciences and society with information. In so far, the IRS events represent the lively communication of knowledge to the scientific community, however also to the sub-fields of politics, economy, administration, society and media. International and national congresses as well as other events, such as International Lectures, the IRS seminars or the Regional Talks, communicate the knowledge collected by our research departments while at the same time being open to new stimulations for research at the IRS.

Upcoming Events

IRS Spring Academy
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Photo: Jozsef Bagota/
22. May | 2018 - 25. May | 2018
Investigating Space(s): Current Theoretical and Methodological Approaches: Virtuality and Socio-Materiality

The IRS Spring Academy 2018 focuses on the manifold impacts of digitalization and on related social scientific ways of conceiving space. Digitalization circumscribes a technological revolution, encompassing all kinds of rapidly developing information and communication technologies, but in particular the rise of the Internet. If initially the discourse on digital geographies was characterized by the spatially unequal access to the Internet (“digital divide”) and on infrastructural topics and impacts on regional development, more recently the focus of the debate has shifted towards the ubiquity of online worlds. The IRS Spring Academy gives early stages researchers the opportunity to discuss corrent theoretical and methodological trends in spatial research and to present his or her own research to an international audience. more infos

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14. June | 2018 - 15. June | 2018

The transformation of energy systems has profound implications for the ways in which our societies are organized, and must therefore be understood as process of social change and social innovation. This conference therefore invites international scholars to discuss social innovations in the context of energy transitions, to reflect their meaning for educational and participatory practices, and to spark a debate about the societal values inherent in these innovations. more infos

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21. June | 2018 - 22. June | 2018
Intercultural Transfer, Circulation and Appropriations of Architecture in the Cold War Period

After WW II, architecture was used and misused as an ideological signifier for competing systems and for new national identities. Diverse actors and networks took part in architectural exchange within the blocks and beyond the Iron Curtain. Different aid projects posed an attempt to overcome political and economic divides, but at the same time they were often considered as foreign imposition or neo-colonial practice. Tensions between commercial interests and solidarity arose. more infos

UFZ-Energy Day
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24. September | 2018 - 25. September | 2018

Understanding the challenges associated with new energy landscapes and exploring potential solutions is the focus of the Energy Days 2018. The conference will foster the exchange between land-use-oriented energy research at the UFZ and the national and international scientific community. Dr. Ludger Gailing, acting head of the IRS research department "Institutional Change and Regional Public Goods", is co-organizing the event. more infos

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Workshop Series on the History of Building and Planning


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