Browse through our collection of selected research projects and discover the diversity of European cooperation in Lower Saxony!

Combating climate change with SpongeScapes

Too hot, too dry, too wet: Europe’s landscapes have already been visibly affected by climate change. In recent years, floods and droughts have caused damage amounting to billions of Euros. The SpongeScapes project was launched in October 2023 and aims to counteract the consequences of climate change by establishing sponge landscapes. The European Commission is funding the research project with a total of 2.6 million euros under the Horizon Europe programme. The project is coordinated by Deltares, an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and soil in the Netherlands. The Institute for Environmental Planning at Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) is leading a sub-project with funding valued at over 360,000 euros.

Aquacombine – Using salt-tolerant plants to counter the consequences of climate change

EU project Aquacombine focuses on the potential of halophytes with the participation of Leibniz University Hannover. Gourmets relish the tips of the plants, which taste like the ocean. But until now glasswort – also known as sea asparagus – has eked out more of a niche existence. To date the plant, which grows in salt marshes and mudflats, has not been used for large-scale industrial food production. This is despite the fact that plants like glasswort (Salicornia europaea) have many useful qualities. This is the conclusion reached by the Europe-wide research project Aquacombine, as part of which scientists spent more than four years studying the potential of halophytes, which are primarily salt-tolerant plants.

Lukas Hakelberg receives ERC grant for his research on the emergence of tax havens in the Global South

The ERC has awarded Prof. Dr. Lukas Hakelberg a Starting Grant for his project entitled “The Whiteness of Wealth Management: Colonial Economic Structure, Racism, and the Emergence of Tax Havens in the Global South (WOWMA)”. During its runtime, he will analyse the development of tax havens with a focus on colonial economic structures, income tax adoption, the survival of white oligarchies, and racism.