The Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) is a joint interdisciplinary facility of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), and the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD). It hosts international doctoral students selected in a competitive process, and supported by a full scholarship or contracted part-time at the IOER.

The DLGS was established in 2008 to address the spatial implications of grand societal challenges. The graduate school is supported by the Leibniz Association, and operated by the IOER and the TUD. It is independent in designing its scientific program, committed to scientific excellence, and subject to regular international peer review.


November 10th-11th, December 1st-2nd, 2020 | Workshop
Workshop on Writing and Publishing Research offered by TU Dresden Graduate Academy

December 8th, 2020 | Lecture
Lecture on Sustainability Science by Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram

January 18th-19th, 2021 | Workshop
Workshop on Good Scientific Practice for PhD candidates to know and understand the basic rules and values of the responsible conduct of research and to identify and prevent questionable scientific practices and misconduct. Offered by TU Dresden Graduate Academy

News from the DLGS

DLGS Summer School 2020

Considered an important milestone in the DLGS academic program, the Summer School this year was held from 7th to 9th of September, 2020 and was organised as a hybrid event of online sessions and face-to-face workshops. More than 100 people registered for the online keynote lectures and presentations from DLGS-IOER PhD fellows which were made open for the general audience. Highlight of the program were the keynote lectures by Prof. Niki Frantzeskaki from Centre for Urban Transitions at Swinburne University of technology, Melbourne, Australia, on Nature-based Solutions. And Mr. Roman Maletz from Institute of Waste Management and Circular Economy at TU Dresden, Germany, on the topic of sustainable use and consumption of resources. The lectures are available on IOER’s YouTube channel. Following the keynote lectures were the presentations from the PhD fellows. Depending on the stage of the PhD they are in, they presented their methodological approaches, their preliminary findings, or their conclusions. To read more about the individual research of the PhD fellows, you can visit the DLGS and IOER webpages. In addition to the above virtual sessions, two face-to-face workshops were also organised to provide the PhD fellows with tools and information on how to write a research abstract, and on how to communicate their scientific work to a non-academic audience.

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Future collaboration between DLGS and Boysen Kolleg

On 21st of July, 2020, Prof. Marc Wolfram, Chair of the Management Board of DLGS and Dr. Shikha Ranjha, the scientific coordinator of the DLGS, met with Dr. Anna Martius, Managing Director of Boysen-TU Dresden-Graduiertenkolleg, to discuss possibilities for a future collaboration. Both, the DLGS and the current Research Training Group (RTG) at Boysen Kolleg have a strong focus on interdisciplinary research, as well as the broader challenge of sustainability transitions. Therefore, both sides agreed to further expand collaboration on joint activities and formats such as training courses or summer schools, as well as mutual engagement in future programming. The meeting followed a first collaborative colloquium organised already in March 2020 by the PhD fellows of both facilities, enabling a peer-to-peer dialogue on methods in social science.