The Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) is a joint interdisciplinary facility of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), and the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD). It hosts international doctoral students selected in a competitive process, and supported by a full scholarship or contracted part-time at the IOER.

The DLGS was established in 2008 to address the spatial implications of grand societal challenges. The graduate school is supported by the Leibniz Association, and operated by the IOER and the TUD. It is independent in designing its scientific program, committed to scientific excellence, and subject to regular international peer review.


April 28th-29th, 2021PhD Day 
PhD Day or Promovierendentag 2021 will take place on the mornings of 28th and 29th April. All DLGS and IOER doctoral candidates will give a brief presentation about their research. 

September 22nd, 2021| DLGS Autumn School 
The DLGS Autumn School will be held as a preceding event to the IOER Annual Conference 2021. To know more about the themes and abstract submission, read here. Program details to follow soon. 

News from the DLGS

Call for Abstracts - DLGS Autumn School Sep 22nd, 2021

Deadline for submissions: March 15th, 2021

DLGS would like to invite doctoral candidates working on the topics related to space and transformation to participate in the Autumn School on September 22nd, 2021. This year it is organised as a preceding event to the IOER Annual Conference 2021. The purpose of the Autumn School is to provide a platform for doctoral candidates to present their on-going research projects, and socialise with peers and other senior researchers.

Further information about themes and submissions


My first year at DLGS: Pandemic and the PhD’ – Riyan Habeeb

‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’, no quote can better summarize my first year at DLGS than Charles Dickens (in A Tale of Two Cities). I arrived in Dresden late February 2020 to start my PhD which focuses on inquiring how nature-based solutions can be deployed for urban water security in global south. After a warm welcome and orientation by DLGS committee, there were tons of new formalities to be done but thanks to our office assistance everything went with ease. It was the best of times, introduction to new events, interactions with colleagues, and much learning to follow under abled guidance of my supervisors. But no more than two weeks and countrywide lock down was imposed in Germany due to corona pandemic. It was a shock, not having enough to know place and you enter in a state of complete isolation, at the time when you had assumed the best of times had just started!

Read the full report by Riyan Habeeb