16 January 2020

30 years ISOE

Conference: Shaping the Social-Ecological Future today

On Thursday 28th November the conference for the 30th anniversary of the ISOE took place at the Stadthaus in Frankfurt.

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17 September 2019

Plastic consumer products contain harmful and unknown substances

The PlastX research group detects thousands of chemicals in plastic products—three out of four products contain harmful substances.

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4 December 2018

Food Democracy Now !

Lukas from PlastX reports from the Second Congress of the German-speaking Food Councils from 23rd to 25th November in Frankfurt/Main. …

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14 November 2018

Getting a blue glimpse of the Our Ocean Conference

We had the chance to visit the Our Ocean Conference, which took place this year on October 29. and 30. in Bali, Indonesia. The conference, …

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5 November 2018

“WWF interview with PlastX researcher Heide”

Within the scope of WWF’s hot topic “plastic flood”, the WWF interviewed our researcher Heide on her work on marine litter prevention in Vietnam. Heide talks about…

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24 October 2018

“Planet Plastic”

“Planet Plastic” is the title of the latest WWF magazine (04/2018). The magazine’s main focus is on marine plastic litter, …

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26 September 2018

Wir suchen eine/n Studentische/n Mitarbeiter/in für 10 Std./Woche

mit Interesse an empirischer Sozialforschung.

Inhaltliche Schwerpunkte der Arbeit sind die Unterstützung bei der Auswertung eines quantitativen Fragebogens zu Plastikmüll in Asien, die Aufbereitung von quantitativen und qualitativen Daten mit MAXQDA und SPSS/Prism, …

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19 July 2018

Citizens University’s event “Life in the Plastic Age – can we use plastics in a sustainable way?”

On June 28th, the PlastX group hosted the Frankfurt Citizens University’s event “Life in the Plastic Age – how can we use plastics in a sustainable way?” at the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE).

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21 February 2018

Vietnam’s island Phu Quoc: What’s left from the paradise?

Vietnam gained dubious fame: Its one of the top five countries contributing most to marine litter. So, what’s the case? Insights from my first field study: The case of Phu Quoc.

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18 April 2017

„A Plastic Ocean“ – Film Screening and Discussion

A Plastic Ocean is one of the latest documentaries on the plastic pollution in the environment.  PlastX in collaboration with the Orfeos Erben Cinema is screening the movie and discussing it afterwards. Join us on Thursday 4th of May, 8:15pm at Orfeos Erben Cinema in Frankfurt.

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13 April 2017

How Packaging Bridges Production and Consumption (4)

in Globalized Food Supply Systems – Social Dimension (4). In the last two weeks I spoke about the spatial and temporal differentiation of modern food supply systems. Now I will turn to the social consequence of this differentiation.

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5 April 2017

How Packaging Bridges Production and Consumption (3)

in Globalized Food Supply Systems – Temporal Dimension (3). In 21st century food markets, the differentiation of production and consumption practices is not only spatial but also temporal.

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29 March 2017

How Packaging Bridges Production and Consumption (2)

in Globalized Food Supply Systems – Spatial Dimension (2). Industrial food supply is characterized by globalized markets and increasing food miles. Modern supermarkets provide foods from all over the world, all year long. As these foods need to be transported, increasing physical distance generates need for technical solutions to ensure safe transportation of fragile goods. Packaging is central to many of these transportation practices. 

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22 March 2017

How Packaging Bridges Production and Consumption (1) Overview

 in Globalized Food Supply Systems – An Overview (1). Is packaging the central connecting device in globalized food networks? This four-part essay will discuss how packaging based practices construct spatial, temporal and social bridges in differentiated food chains.

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6 March 2017

European Discourses on Plastics

Master thesis on EU plastic waste management by Magdalena Langer, following her internship with the PlastX research group:

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26 October 2016

PlastX Kick-off Workshop with Stakeholders

On the 20th of October, PlastX welcomed their project partners at the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE). The Kick-off Workshop was the starting point for close transdisciplinary collaboration between science and societal practice.

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18 October 2016

PlastX-Workshop at the Convention on Environmental Sociology

What role does sociology play in research about social-ecological transformations? The 13th convention of the junior group “Environmental Sociology” (NGU) took place in Münster this year and PlastX featured a two-hour workshop.

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20 September 2016

Announcement: Kick-off Workshop in October

Now that the newly formed PlastX research team is ready to take off, we are inviting partners from science and society to a first come-together for a kick-off workshop on the 20th of October.

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10 September 2016

PlastX Scientists at the SETAC Conference

As every year, at the beginning of September, it was time for the annual meeting of the SETAC GLB (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry).

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19 July 2016

Getting Started

We are very pleased to announce that the PlastX group was completed this July and immediately got involved in the plastic topic.

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1 July 2016

Press Release: New Research Project „PlastX“: How to Sustainably Deal with Plastic?

Today this press release has been published:

Plastic is part of our daily lives. It can be used in various way, it is robust and cheap to produce. But plastic is mainly made from mineral oil and as a waste product it pollutes the environment. Which role does this ambivalent material play within society and what are its environmental impacts? The junior research group “PlastX” which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) investigates how it may be possible to sustainably deal with plastic.

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