to the Research Group Applied Landscape Ecology and Ecological Planning

The Applied Landscape Ecology/Ecological Planning working group (AG Buttschardt) researches the effects of human ways of life and land use on the natural and landscape environments and how these can be designed to achieve a regenerative development of landscapes.  We assume that landscapes are the spatial representation of socio-ecological systems that can only be fully understood in an interdisciplinary approach. In order to take into account the applied aspect of ecological planning, our research is increasingly transdisciplinary and explicitly includes the noosphere. We therefore cooperate with interdisciplinary centres (e.g. the ZIN or the Brazil Centre), other Universities (e.g. Münster University of Applied Sciences) and practitioners (see links). Our work focuses on Integrated Natural Resources Management, Limnology/River restauration and Agroecology.

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Recent activities
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The Stadtlabor Münster (a transfer activity of the Department of Earth Sciences) organises for the first time the
the Compost Festival from 16 - 25 June.
The festival will take place at various locations in Münster, including the Geo urbanum in Heisenbergstraße.

Compost is the example of a symbiotic and caring human-environment relationship. The Compost Festival is concerned with socio-ecological transformations and fertile human-soil cycles. The experimental nature of the festival unfolds at the intersections of science, art, activism and ecology with the question: what can we learn from compost?

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Science festival

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AG Ökoplan is also participating in Schlauraum, the science festival in Münster on the topic of water.
Dr. Benjamin Kupilas will speak on the topic in the open-air lecture hall in the Stubengasse on Wednesday, 22 May 2022 at 6 pm:

River Stories - Water in the City


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The Geo.Science.Day 2022 will take place on 30.06.2022.
The lectures will start at 2 p.m. in the GEO I lecture hall (Heisenbergstr. 2), you will find the Young Researchers' Day from 1 p.m. on the gallery on the 1st floor and coffee and cake will be available from 1 p.m. in the entrance hall.

The programme for this year's Geo.Science.Day can be found here.

We are looking forward to a nice summer day with exciting lectures and a joint finale with drinks and barbecue.

Farewell to Viola Krone

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Viola Krone is leaving the WG Ökoplan, of which she has been a member since 2015. She will continue as a pHD student. We wish her all the best for the future!

Visiting Professor


From April 24th to 29th, 2022, Prof. Dr. Tillmann Butschardt held a guest professorship at the Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo in Pachuca (Mexico) on the topics of climate change and transformative approaches in landscape ecology. After a ceremonial lecture in the main building of the university on the topic "Impacto y evaluación de la contaminación ambiental" he was honored by the Rectorate as an honorary visiting professor. The guest professorship took place as part of the "Festival Internacional de la Imagen (XII Edición)".
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3. BIOBRAS Summerschool

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The third summer school in the project "Research-based Learning in neglected, biodiverse ecosystems in Brazil" is currently underway. Nine students from Münster and Berlin travelled to Minas Gerais together with Sam Lucy Behle and Dr Jan Lehmann as supervisors of the ILÖK to study different ecosystems such as the Campos rupestres or Cerrado with Prof. Dr Ricardo Solar and Prof. Dr Joao Meira. The special thing about these summer schools is that three universities from two countries (WWU, UFMG and UFV) with students, PhD students, postdocs and profs learn and live together. Two of the organisers there have already been to Münster for a stay abroad. In this way, the intercultural exchange promoted by the DAAD is maintained even in times of the pandemic. We are very happy that we have succeeded in this. The summer school will run from 05-26 February 2022.
Click here for the project page.

Student Award of the Rectorate goes to students of the ILÖK

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Students of landscape ecology are committed to making agricultural land more sustainable in the future with the help of "agroforestry". In this method, suitable woody plants complement arable use. The Initiative for Agricultural Knowledge Exchange (ILWA) is intended to contribute to this. The rectorate awarded Julia Binder and Thomas Middelanis on behalf of the team with the Student Prize 2021, which is endowed with 7,500 euros.

The ILÖK congratulates them warmly!
A video was shot for the award ceremony at the New Year's reception on 14.01.2022.

Optimising nature-based solutions in pressurised river catchments

Our colleague Dr Benjamin Kupilas has also been working at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) in Norway for some time. Among other things, he works there on the SABICAS project, which is led by NIVA. "In the SABICAS project, we will be working in two river basins in Norway that are under pressure from different land uses," Benjamin Kupilas tells the Freshwater Blog, which has currently published a post about the project. The Freshwater Blog regularly publishes articles, interviews and analyses dealing with river restoration, science and policy.

Read the full article about the SABICAS project here.

Presentation and international research exchange on the transformation of rural areas

César Soares, Cornelia Steinhäuser and Tillmann Buttschardt presented the paper "Kūmara, Maís and Cassava: Socio-Environmental Inequalities and the Rural Transformation in New Zealand, Argentina, and Brazil" at the 28th Colloquium of the IGU Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems (IGU CSRS).
Cornelia Steinhäuser also helped organise and chair the conference as a member of the IGU CSRS Scientific Committee. Further information can be found in our blog.