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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

The Institute

IRI THESys is one of three Integrative Research Institutes (IRIs) developed by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin as innovative structures in the frame of the German “Excellence Initiative".

Photo: Anne DombrowskiThe Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems - IRI THESys - is a flagship activity of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. As integral component of HU’s institutional strategy, the IRI THESys is designed as an inter-faculty research institute. It contributes to sharpening the university’s research profile and promoting international cooperation. The institute will develop long-term collaborative research concepts and projects with a focus on ongoing transformations of human-environment systems. The IRI THESys was founded in May 2013 by enactment of Humboldt-Universität's academic senate and its opening was celebrated in October 2013. In a first phase, IRI THESys was funded for five years. After its positive evaluation, the institute could be prolonged for a second phase of four years, starting in June 2018.

The members of IRI THESys come from five different institutes of Humboldt-Universität and various regional institutions. Together they aim for

  • the advancement of excellent interdisciplinary research for global sustainability, especially in the context of land and resource use, urbanization processes, adaptation to climate impacts as well as intra- and intergenerational justice,
  • the development of (new) research collaborations at HU, in the Berlin-Brandenburg region and internationally,
  • the promotion of young researcher by offering excellent conditions for developing individual pathways, as well as
  • making IRI THESys, HU and Berlin an internationally known and visible location for state-of-the-art research for global sustainability.



Sebastian van der Linden
Photo:Johanna Wurbs


Dr. Axel Klie, Managing Director
Phone: +49 (030) 2093-66338
E-Mail: axel.klie@hu-berlin.de