The Oeko-Institut’s researchers serve on numerous committees, panels, commissions and advisory boards, where they share their wealth of experience gained by conducting scientific studies and practical projects. They also pass on their scientific expertise at workshops, symposia and conferences with the aim of supporting effective protection of the environment and climate.
In addition, scientists from the Oeko-Institut serve as experts on key commissions established by the German Government. From the Commission on Growth, Structural Change and Employment (Coal Commission) in 2018 to the Expert Commission on Gas and Heat, recently set up by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) in response to the energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, Oeko-Institut researchers willingly contribute their scientific knowledge in support of current advisory and policy assessment processes.
The various bodies on which the Oeko-Institut is currently represented include the Expert Commission tasked with monitoring the energy transition, the German National Hydrogen Council and the Reactor Safety Commission.
Energy Transition Monitoring Group of the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Wuerttemberg
Expert Group pursuant to Article 37 of the Euratom Treaty of the European Commission
In addition, networks provide a forum for continuous knowledge-sharing with scientific partners and practitioner organisations.
Key networks: an overview
The Oeko-Institut has been a member of the Ecological Research Network (Ecornet) – the network of non-university, non-profit environmental and sustainability research institutes in Germany – since 2011. The Ecornet institutes’ joint mission is to establish a scientific basis for society’s transformation towards sustainability. The institutes conduct applied research across the boundaries of scientific disciplines on ways to achieve a post-fossil and post-nuclear society.
As a founding partner of the tdAcademy, the Oeko-Institut actively promotes networking in the context of transdisciplinary research. The tdAcademy aims to be a constantly evolving, collaborative knowledge base for transdisciplinary research, contributes to capacity-building for its users and supports the transdisciplinary research community.
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Germany
The Oeko-Institut is a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Germany. The network promotes engagement for sustainable development in Germany, brings together the perspectives of leading German scientific organisations, civil society and businesses, and develops solutions for effective action on Agenda 2030, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.
Legacy for the Future Foundation (Stiftung Zukunftserbe)
In 2000, the Oeko-Institut established the Legacy for the Future Foundation (Stiftung Zukunftserbe). The Foundation views itself as a pioneer of future-oriented solutions in the field of environmental protection and sustainable, future-compatible development. It promotes research projects on topics such as climate action, resource conservation, sustainable consumption and the risks associated with nuclear technologies.