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International Workshop on Social-Ecological Effects of Microinsurance under Climate Change

by Meike Will

From February 4-6, the POLISES working group organized an international workshop within the DFG-funded SEEMI project (Social-Ecological Effects of Microinsurance)...

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Summer School on “Modelling Food Security” has started

by David

The POLISES research group welcomes 18 PhD students and postdocs to its summer school on the UFZ’s Leipzig campus. In a combination of lectures and...

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POLISES Colloquium “Pastoralism in Transition”

by David

The concluding colloquium for the Junior Research Group POLISES, held in Leipzig from June 27-28, brought together researchers and practitioners interested in pastoral livelihoods in Africa and beyond. The list of 20 participants...

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Summer School on Modelling Food Security: Apply Now!

by David

We would like to draw your attention to the international Summer School on Modelling Food Security, which will take place from September 8-14, 2019 at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, Germany...

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Final Conference for Junior Research Groups

by David

The POLISES project is part of a specific funding format of the German Ministry of Education and Research: the Junior Research Groups “Global Change” 4+1...

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International Workshop on Food Security Modelling

by David

From March 10-12, the UFZ was host to an international workshop on “Modelling approaches to enhance food security: Synergies from bridging the gap between the micro and the macro scale”, organised by Birgit Müller and our POLISES group...

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Our First Briefing Paper at COP23

by David

In order to disseminate our findings among policy makers and development practitioners, we condensed our insurance review into a four-page policy briefing. This document...

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Social-ecological modelling at the American West Coast

by Birgit Müller

In the second half of April I had the chance to attend three interesting events in California and Oregon.  First I took part in the Agent-based Modelling Symposium ABM 2017...

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Presenting models in scientific posters

by Felix

Communicating models and their results can be difficult, especially to people who do not model themselves. That is, at least, what different modelers write in their publications (Grimm et al. 2006, Lorscheid et al. 2012). Complicated model designs, numerous parameters, advanced statistical methods, and non-linear relationships can indeed be very hard to explain...

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Seminar on the Impact of Insurance in Stockholm

by Birgit Müller

Insurance has been promoted by policy makers at the global level as an appropriate instrument to cope with increasing climate risk under global change. However, are there unwanted by-effects? In a recent letter...

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