The Ecological Research Network (Ecornet) is a network of eight independent, non-profit institutes for environmental and sustainability research in Germany. Their joint mission: to help shape societal change towards sustainability and to scientifically substantiate it. Since their inception, the Ecornet institutes have specialized in dealing with complex issues practically and across the boundaries of scientific disciplines. They have come together to form Ecornet with the goal of expanding their skills and of putting their combined expertise to use in the research landscape.

Ecornet’s members


Arbeitsgemeinschaft Naturschutz und Umweltbildung
The National Working Group for Nature and Environmental Education (ANU) is an association of German educational institutions for nature and environmental education and of individual persons involved in environmental education. Ten regional associations are currently active besides the national association.

Berlin 21
Berlin 21 e.V. forms the interface between politics, economics and civil society in Berlin in the field of sustainability. It is an umbrella organization for all projects and initiatives working in the field of sustainable development in and around Berlin.

Bundesverband Schule, Energie, Bildung e.V.
This association works to establish sensible behaviour with regard to the theoretical and practical handling of energy in as many German schools as possible.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Umwelterziehung
The DGU promotes environmental education as educationally and scientifically based interaction with the natural, social and built-up environment. It pursues the same aims on the national level as the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), which in particular supports the use of existing environmental education facilities and initiatives designed to disseminate them.

Deutscher Naturschutzring
DNR is the umbrella organization of German associations active in the field of nature conservation and environmental protection. It was founded by 15 associations in 1950 and now comprises 96 member associations.

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) helps communities speak out for clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet. We are a global alliance of attorneys, scientists and other advocates collaborating across borders to promote grassroots efforts to build a sustainable, just future.

The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is a non-governmental non-profit-making organization for promoting sustainable development in Europe. The organization realizes this aim by means of various education programmes.

Grüne Liga e.V.
The Grüne Liga is a network of ecological movements and an environmental association acting on the national level. It has its rootes in the environmental and peace movement of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and its aims are the support and technical coordination of autonomous environmental groups and initiatives.

Verein Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte
Over fifty associations, initiatives and NGOs have found a place to work in the “House of Democracy and Human Rights” in Berlin. This is a think tank and a place for dialogues and endeavour aiming at more participation of the public in the decision-making processes of modern society.

Innowego is a nationwide network of partners, which emerged out of the project “Leuchtpol – Experiencing Energy and the Environment anew”. The interdisciplinary team of Innowego has a network spanning throughout Germany and consists of experts for children, youth and adult, as well as for nature and environmental education.

Justice and Environment
J&E is an European network of environmental justice organizations which deals with environmental legislation in various countries as their sole activity or as one of their activities.

Klima Allianz Deutschland
In view of the huge challenge which climate change means for nature and society, over 110 organizations have joined forces in the Climate Alliance Germany, where they work together to promote the creation of the basic political conditions necessary for achieving a dramatic reduction of greenhouse gases in Germany.