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  Visiting address:

Institute of Environmental Systems Research
University of Osnabrück
Barbarastr. 12
49076 Osnabrück

  Postal address:

Institute of Environmental Systems Research
Osnabrück University
P.O. Box 44 69
49069 Osnabrück

  Central Office:

Head: Elke Altekruse
Tel:   +49 541 969 2575
Fax:  +49 541 969 2599
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Welcome to the Institute of Environmental Systems Research

The Institute of Environmental Systems Research (USF) is a multi-departmental institution of the Departments of Mathematics/Computer Science, Biology/Chemistry, Cultural Studies and Geosciences, Physics and Economics.

Our Mission

Changes in environmental systems, problems ensuing from these changes and their solutions are the focus of the activities of the institute. We understand environmental systems as dynamic interplay between nature and society. We develop the knowledge base for understanding, assessing and transforming concrete systems. We therefore use a variety of methods from mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, economics and social sciences in an integrated manner, and develop them further.

Research and teaching constitute a whole. Our education programs teach comprehensive problem-solving methods and skills that enable students to work on complex issues, particularly in the environmental field.

Through university-wide, national and international networking and collaboration in research and education, we contribute to the development and establishment of systems science as a cross-disciplinary science.