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BICC

As an independent, non-profit organization, BICC (Internationales Konversionszentrum Bonn – Bonn International Center for Conversion) deals with a wide range of global topics in the field of peace and conflict research centering on Conversion Studies. Our vision is a more peaceful world. Our mission is to conduct critical, problem-oriented, policy relevant research in response to the problems posed by organized violence. To do so, we engage in active exchanges with scholars and politicians as well as stakeholders in everyday practice and civil society. As a think tank, BICC seeks to engage in a dialogue with NGOs, governments, private organizations, research institutes and universities and well as with interested individuals.

BICC’s work is based on a ‘knowledge circle’, which intends to bridge the gap between research and practice. We believe in mutual learning processes. With our applied research, being credible, relevant, and legitimate, we aim to have an impact on political and social processes. At the same time, our practical experiences and interactions with non-academics should open up avenues for further academic research.

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Europa–Universität Flensburg

The goal of the Center for Sustainable Energy Systems is the research, development and implementation of long-term environment- and climate-compatible energy systems and energy technologies. The institute’s research spans the development of detailed solutions in the field of sustainable technologies to the development of consistent scenarios or strategies to obtain 100 % renewable energy systems at the local, regional and national scales.

The center is composed of different Professors from the Europa-Universität Flensburg and the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences. It is an interdisciplinary research and development center for answering of pressing questions concerning the necessary future development of our energy supply, especially in the context of anthropogenic climate change. The individual research and development know how of the involved Professors and scientists is bundled in this center to address those crucial questions.

The center is closely connected with the educational part of the Europa-Universität Flensburg and the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences. A substantial part of its staff is recruited from the study programs of both institutions.

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Germanwatch

“Observing, analysing, acting” – under this motto the independent non-governmental organization Germanwatch has been engaged since 1991 for global equity and the preservation of livelihoods. For over 5 years, we have been focussing our work in the MENA region on questions of social acceptance and community engagement in the context of utility-scale renewable energy projects, Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA), and capacity building of civil society actors in the field of climate and energy policy.

With our objective to promote the deployment of renewable energy technologies in the most socially beneficial way, our approach is characterized by interdisciplinary research, methods of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA), and stakeholder dialogues.

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IIASA

Founded in 1972, IIASA is an international scientific institute that conducts policy-oriented research into problems that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline. Problems like climate change that have a global reach and can be resolved only by international cooperative action. Or problems of common concern to many countries that need to be addressed at both the national and international level, such as energy security, population aging, and sustainable development. Funded by scientific institutions in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Africa, IIASA is independent and unconstrained by political or national self-interest.

IIASA’s mission is to provide insights and guidance to policymakers worldwide by finding solutions to global and universal problems through applied systems analysis in order to improve human and social wellbeing and protect the environment.

Over 300 mathematicians, social scientists, natural scientists, economists, and engineers from over 45 countries carry out research at IIASA in Laxenburg, Austria, at the heart of Europe. These range from world-renowned scholars – four Nobel Prize laureates have worked at IIASA – to young scientists just embarking on their careers. In addition, research networks consisting of around 2,500 associated and visiting researchers from 65 countries collaborate with IIASA, including collecting and processing local and regional data for integration into IIASA’s advanced scientific models. It is through such scientific collaboration that IIASA is building bridges among countries.

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Wuppertal Institute

In the Research Groups, scientists with backgrounds in a wide range of disciplines collaborate in projects on international, national and regional levels.

Research at the Wuppertal Institute is based on a trans-disciplinary science approach and the conceptual principles of the transition research, which form the common frame of reference. Each of the four research groups focus on different research fields while passing the central phases required for the comprehension of transition processes: problem analysis, vision development, design of experiments, as well as contributions to a successful diffusion of transition approaches.

At the Wuppertal Institute, we understand sustainability research as oriented on applicability in real life, integrative and cross-sectional, transdisciplinary and based on systems analysis, oriented on long-term ecological developments, relying on a network of partners in science, business and policy, independent and committed.

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