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Lena Aebli


Lena Aebli


Visual Designer


Lena Aebli works as a visual designer for the Ecologic Institute. Her work focuses on graphic, illustration and motion design. She supports the scientific, policy-related environmental work of the Institute with her expertise in graphic design and illustration of digital and print media. Lena Aebli works in German and English.

Lena Aebli's main interest lies in communication via videos and animated infographics. She was responsible for the creative implementation of the film production "Traces in the Arctic" (Spuren in der Arktis) of the research project "Environmental Guidelines for a German Arctic Policy" for the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). She drew and animated a 4-minute explanatory film, that was premiered at the Natural History Museum in Berlin for the conference of the Arctic science ministers in 2018. For the UBA "Information Platform on River Restoration", implemented by Ecologic Institute, she was responsible for the video editing of a documentation that informs potential stakeholders about implementation options and developed (interactive) infographics. In the European research project "Resource-efficient use of food in the entire supply chain (REFRESH)", Lena Aebli was responsible for the video editing, sound recording and animation of four project films. With animated images for the REFRESH website and various social media channels, she also supported the public relations work of the project. She designed the interactive infographics "Sustainable ideas for everyday life" for the project "Scientific coordination of the funding measure Sustainable Management (NaWiKo)", funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Before working as an in-house designer at Ecologic Institute, Lena Aebli worked as camerawoman and cutter, producing brochures, flyers and posters for various agencies and private clients, including Die Junge Akademie and 365 Grad Sherpas.

Lena Aebli completed her preliminary course at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Zürich in Switzerland and studied visual communication at the Universität der Künste in Berlin from 2000 to 2005.

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Selected publications by Lena Aebli
Image of a pig silhouette made out of rice grains on a dark background, surrounded by dill herbs and walnut pieces scattered at the bottom. Include a green banner at the top with the text 'Bausteine für die Transformation zu einem nachhaltigen Ernährungssystem' in bold white font, and a smaller green banner at the bottom with the text 'Für Mensch & Umwelt' alongside the logo of 'Umweltbundesamt' on the right side.

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Germany's current food system is not sustainable. The recently concluded research project "Socio-ecological Transformation of the Food System" (in short: STErn) outlines three strategies essential for a shift towards more sustainability: a more plant-based diet, more... Read more

Hanke, G.; Brunn, C.; Jägle, J.; Jánszky, B.; Meier, J.; Mering, F. v.; Quack, D.; Wolff, F. (2023): Components for the Transformation towards a Sustainable Food System; German Environment Agency, Dessau.

Graphic presenting the key figures of the Urban Governance Atlas at the time of launch.

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The INTERLACE Urban Governance Atlas was launched in 2023. It invites political decision-makers, urban planners, researchers, civil society organizations, and all interested parties to delve into the success stories of 250 political instruments from 41 countries.... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2023: Urban Governance Atlas. Infographic. English and Spanish.


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The two-year "Soil Mission Support: Towards a European Research and Innovation Roadmap for Soils and Land Management" project supported the European Union's A Soil Deal for Europe mission on soil health and nutrition and the European Green Deal to facilitate the... Read more

Ecologic Institute, INRAE 2022: Transition Towards Healthy Soils Through Living Labs and Lighthouses. Video. Online:

Video & Animation


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Plastic waste, plastic parts and microplastics can be found everywhere in the environment. Plastic particles are also detected in living organisms. But what exactly is the situation? To find out, the German Ministry of Research is funding the research priority "Plastics... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2021: Plastics in the Environment – Sources • Sinks • Solutions. Video. Online:

Since industrialisation, the average air temperature worldwide has risen by one degree, whereas in the Arctic by five degrees. This leads to rapid changes with serious consequences. This animated explanatory video by the UBA explains what this has to do with us in... Read more

Federal Environment Agency 2018: Spuren in der Arktis. Animated Video. Online:

This video shows options studied within REFRESH of how to use food side flows in a more sustainable way than it is done today. One example is feeding treated surplus food to omnivorous livestock. REFRESH also developed the decision support tool FORKLIFT which... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2019: Valorising Unavoidable Food Waste. REFRESH. Video. Online:

This video introduces potential actors to river restoration. It includes interviews with project managers of river restoration measures across Germany. Core topics of the video include: advantages of near-natural rivers funding for river restoration using... Read more

Umweltbundesamt 2019: Renaturierung von Fließgewässern in Deutschland. Video. Online:


Graphical illustration of potential impacts of microplastics in the environment.

Are microplastics harmful? The ecotoxicological assessment of microplastics in the environment is a complex task


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Whether or not microplastics have harmful effects on plants and animals has not yet been conclusively established. The different properties of microplastics determine whether and how the microplastics are absorbed by living organisms and whether they are harmful to them... Read more

Ecologic Institute (2022): Plastics in the Environment. Are microplastics harmful? Infographic CC-BY 4.0. Online:

Poster 2019 Measures for River Restoration

Measures for River Restoration


CC BY-ND 4.0 Umweltbundesamt 2019

Over 90% of German rivers and streams are straightened, constricted, piped or interrupted by structures such as weirs or barrages. Restoration can improve the ecological status and attractiveness of water bodies. Bulldozers are not always needed to restore a river.... Read more

Umweltbundesamt (2019): Measures for river restoration. Infographic. Online:


Infographic 2019  Funding for River Restoration

Funding for River Restoration


CC BY-ND 4.0 Umweltbundesamt 2019

River restoration costs money, but there are many funding instruments and grants that can be combined. In addition, compensatory measures and overlapping interests with other departments and stakeholders (e.g. flood protection, nature conservation) can be utilised. The... Read more

Umweltbundesamt (2019): Funding for river restoration. Infographic. Online:

screenshot of the INTERLACE homepage

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The Ecologic Institute developed the INTERLACE project website. It provides information and materials to strengthen urban ecosystem restoration in the European Union and Latin America. INTERLACE aims to strengthen cooperation, learning and peer-to-peer interactions on... Read more

Ecologic Institute (2020): INTERLACE – Restoring Urban Ecosystems. URL:

Infographic 2019 Planning and Implementation of Restoration Projects

Planning and Implementation of Restoration Projects


CC BY-ND 4.0 Umweltbundesamt 2019

The project schedule for river restoration projects can vary greatly. This flow chart shows the most important project steps. Natural river development is a complex undertaking. A well-structured planning management creates the prerequisites for a balanced solution and... Read more

Umweltbundesamt (2019): Planning and implementation of restoration projects. Infographic. Online:

Infographic 2019 River Restoration in the Context of Different Interests

River Restoration in the Context of Different Interests


CC BY-ND 4.0 Umweltbundesamt 2019

Many interests come together when considering rivers. For restoration projects, new compromises must be reached and conflicts of use must be resolved through planning processes. Early, open and regular communication between all stakeholders increases the satisfaction... Read more

Umweltbundesamt (2019): River restoration in the context of different interests. Infographic. Online:

What can consumers, citizens, companies and local decision-makers do to make our economies more sustainable? 30 research projects were funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) to research this and other aspects of a transition to a more... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2019: Nachhaltige Ideen für den Alltag. Interactive Infographic. Online:


Wind and water carry our carelessly thrown things even into the Arctic. If we handle waste in Germany more consciously, we relieve the unique Arctic environment.This postcard is part of a series of three postcards that provide information on how the daily consumption of... Read more

Federal Environment Agency 2018: Aus den Augen, aus dem Sinn? Postcard.

Every day we (unconsciously) use raw materials that are also mined in the Arctic. These are not only found in smartphones. The extraction of raw materials has a high impact on the environment. Those who use their devices for longer, conserve resources and support the... Read more

Federal Environment Agency 2018: Cooles neues Handy? Postcard.

Our greenhouse gases are partly responsible for climate change. The ice in the Arctic is melting and native animals like the polar bear are losing their habitat. But where should they go? This postcard is part of a series of three postcards that provide information... Read more

Federal Environment Agency 2018: Sind wir noch zu retten? Postcard.


In this flyer, the Federal Environment Agency summarises the essential information on the focal points of the environmental guidelines for a German Arctic policy. Ecologic Institute was responsible for creating the flyer based on the Federal Environment Agency's design.... Read more

Umweltbundesamt (2018): Für den Erhalt der Arktis.Wie kann Deutschland dazu beitragen? Flyer.

Plastik in der Umwelt Flyer

Plastik in der Umwelt

Ecologic Institute designed a programme flyer as part of the visual identity for the project "Plastic in the Environment – Sources • Sinks • Solutions." The programme flyer was developed and designed to provide relevant content on conference context, agenda, and the... Read more

Ecologic Institute (2019): Plastik in der Umwelt. Quellen • Senken • Lösungsansätze. Statuskonferenz 09./10. April 2019, Kalkscheune, Berlin. Programm. Flyer

Web Application

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When I wash a polyester fleece jacket, can microplastics get into the water? How many climate-damaging greenhouse gases are released annually due to the global production of plastics and what is chemical recycling? Plastics are all around us and make up an essential... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2020: Quiz: Plastic in the environment – What do you know? Online:



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To achieve the EU's goals, we need to rethink mobility from the ground up. This involves many aspects, including electric mobility, walking, cycling and public transport. The second episode of the "Green Deal – Big Deal?" podcast examines the challenges and issues that... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2022: It's Electric! The future of mobility in Europe. Green Deal – Big Deal?. Podcast. 9 May 2022. Online:

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Since we learned how to produce plastic, humans have manufactured more than 8.3 billion tons of it – most of which ended up as waste somewhere on the planet. This leads plastic waste to enter the landscape, rivers, beaches, and eventually ocean. We asked our listeners... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2022: From packaging to microplastics: unwrapping EU plastics policies. Podcast. 17 October 2022. Online:


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In Europe and beyond, the summer of 2022 is hot. Very hot. A runway at a London airport melted in the heat, and from Paris to Warsaw the grass in parks turned dry and yellow. The Rhine – the river flowing through Rotterdam, Cologne and Strasbourg – is running dry. This... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2022: Beating the heat: Europe prepares for climate change impacts. Podcast. 2 September 2022. Online:


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How do we classify which investments are the right ones to power the transition to a climate and nature-friendly economy? This is a pretty big question, and one that is crucial to a successful implementation of the European Green Deal. The EU taxonomy – the subject of... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2022: Fifty shades of green: sustainable finance and the EU taxonomy. Podcast. Online:


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The journey to net-zero emissions requires thousands of different policy interventions at all sorts of different times and across all sectors. Similarly, an orchestra is made up of many different instruments – all of which have to play the same tune at the right time!... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2023: The European Green Deal symphony: conducting the net-zero transition. Podcast. Online:


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Food production is a sector completely dependent on healthy environment and predictable climatic conditions. At the same time, modern agriculture is among the major contributors to climate and biodiversity crises. From food production to consumption, Europe is facing a... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2022: Farm to Fork: feeding a continent without wrecking a planet . Podcast. 2 August 2022. Online:


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The latest "Green Deal – Big Deal?" podcast episode, hosted by Ricarda Faber and Aaron Best of Ecologic Institute, features interview guests Professor Johan Lilliestam of the Research Institute for Sustainability Helmholtz Centre Potsdam (RIFS) and Dr. Andrzej Ancygier... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2023: Europe's race to renewables – cheaper, vaster, faster. Online:


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Innovation plays a key role in steering the EU towards climate neutrality by 2050. Both the public and private sectors need innovation to develop and adopt cutting-edge technologies, transformative climate policies and novel business practices tailored for a climate... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2023: What is the role of innovation in making the EU climate neutral? Podcast. Online:


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Our planet is experiencing a biodiversity crisis. And the problem across the EU is also severe, with more than 80% of habitats in the EU now in a bad or poor conservation status. To reverse this alarming trend, the European Commission has proposed the Nature Restoration... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2023: Nature Restoration Law: restoring Europe's ecosystems & protecting biodiversity. Online:


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As concern for our planet's health continues to rise, climate policy has taken center stage in political discussions worldwide. While EU member states have made strides towards implementing comprehensive climate policies, we still have a long way to go in reducing... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2023: What is transformative climate policy? Podcast. Online:


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Air pollution has been a long-standing environmental problem in Europe. Though significant progress has been made, over 90% of the EU's urban population is still exposed to air pollution levels exceeding the science-based guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2023: The fight for better air quality in the EU. Podcast. Online:


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The European Green Deal is the European Union's fundamental response to the challenges of the 21st century. From addressing climate change and nature degradation to creating conditions for sustainable and inclusive economic growth, the plan aims to revolutionise the way... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2022: European Green Deal – what is Europe trying to achieve and where are we now?. Green Deal – Big Deal?. Podcast. 7 April 2022. Online:


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Infrastructure is key to the transition from a society based on fossil fuels to one that is powered by renewable energy. While most of the infrastructure planning and decision-making is done at national level, the EU has a significant coordinating role, especially in... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2023: The EU’s Climate Neutrality Challenge: Can Infrastructure be the Game Changer? Podcast. Online:

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For some, fashion is an expression of personality or culture. For others, clothes are something that ensures comfort or survival. One thing is certain: clothing is something that everyone, everywhere, deals with every day. However, its production has an enormous... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2022: Sustainability in style: circular fashion in the European Green Deal . Podcast. 9 June 2022. Online:


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The city of Barcelona is reinventing the work soil; a social entrepreneur in Utrecht is trying to challenge the way the government cooperates with local green initiatives; and a housing company in Malmo is redefining neighbourhood design for the 21st century. All these... Read more

Ecologic Institute, 2020: Innovating with Nature, People and Places. 24 August 2020. Online:


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Hans Pijls, founder of the "Food for Good" urban farm in Utrecht, believes his project generates different types of value for the city, such as improving the economic value of surrounding buildings, boosting employment, and generating positive effects for health, well... Read more

Ecologic Institute, 2020: Valuing nature: can money really grow on trees?. 10 August 2020. Online:


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Green roofs make buildings cool. Literally. As cities deal with the impacts of climate change, green roofs can offer solutions and help with rainwater management, insulation and cooling, amongst other benefits. No matter the weather, installing a green roof also... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2020: Bringing Nature Back into Cities. Creating Green Cities. Podcast. 25. June 2020. Online:


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The city of Barcelona has an entire strategy dedicated to taking care of its trees, called the Tree Masterplan. To create this Masterplan, the city talked to over 700 different people – from gardeners to urban planners and from restaurant owners to street cleaners – to... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2020: All Hands on Deck: Governing Urban Green. Creating Green Cities. Podcast. 27 July 2020. Online:


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Living in a neighborhood with lots of trees will make you live longer… or will it? Urban nature is said to bring diverse health, social, economic and environmental benefits to cities and their populations. Understanding the scale of and access to these benefits is... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2020: Urban Trees and Gardens: How Good Are They Really for You?. Creating Green Cities. Podcast. 13 July 2020. Online:


screenshot of the stern project website

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Between October 2020 and June 2023, the project "Socio-Ecological Transformation of the Food System" (STErn) is developing a political roadmap for the transformation towards a sustainable food system. The STErn website was developed, implemented and designed by Ecologic... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2020: STErn – Socio-ecological Transformation of the Food System. URL:

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KOPOS addresses the question of how greater regionalization of food supply can contribute to building environmentally friendly and more resilient supply structures. The KOPOS website was developed, implemented and designed by Ecologic Institute. It serves the public... Read more

Ecologic Institute 2020: KOPOS: Neue Kooperations- und Poolingmodelle für nachhaltige Landnutzung und Nahrungsversorgung im Stadt-Land-Verbund. URL:

STEER toolbox screenshot

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Ecologic Institute has recently launched the Diagnostic Water Governance Tool, which is aimed at both water governance practitioners and researchers around the world. The tool provides a diagnosis of case-specific water governance as well as recommendations of... Read more

Stein, Ulf; Bueb, Benedict; Tröltzsch, Jenny; Vidaurre, Rodrigo; Knieper, Christian (2020). STEER Diagnostic Water Governance Tool.


Cover "Compendium on Plastics in the Environment

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This compendium, published by Ecologic Institute, aims to sharpen relevant terms and thereby aims to contribute to the heterogeneity of the scientific community on "plastics in the environment". In addition, the brochure is intended to help ensure that communication... Read more

J. Bertling*, C. G. Bannick, L. Barkmann, U. Braun, D. Knoblauch, C. Kraas, L. Mederake, F. Nosić, B. Philipp, M. Rabe, I. Sartorius, H. Schritt, U. Stein, K. Wencki, K. Wendt-Potthoff, J. Woidasky (2022): Compendium on Plastics in the Environment, 1st edition 2022.

*Corresponding author


© Forum Fischschutz und Fischabstieg

This fact sheet provides an overview of fish protection instruments in Germany. The fact sheet "Ziele für den Fischschutz und Fischabstieg in Deutschland (Targets for Fish Protection in Germany)" is available for download. The key messages of fact sheet No. 02 are: ... Read more

Keuneke, Rita and Edith Massmann 2020: Ziele für den Fischschutz und Fischabstieg in Deutschland. Überblick über Instrumente des Fischschutzes in Deutschland. Ingenieurbüro Floecksmühle GmbH: Aachen.

Cover of the fact sheet "Evaluation of primary injury to fish at hydropower sites"

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This Fact Sheet provides methodological recommendations for quantifying the risk of harm and mortality to fish during passage from hydropower sites. The fact sheet "Evaluation of primary injury to fish at hydropower sites" is available for download. The key messages... Read more

Wagner, Falko and Peter Warth 2020: Evaluation of primary injury to fish at hydropower sites. Methodological recommendations for quantifying the risk of injury and mortality to fish during the passage of hydropower sites. Jena: Institute of Aquatic Ecology and Fish Biology (IGF Jena).

Cover of the publication "Our brooks and rivers". Background image shows a restored river basin.

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This brochure provides insights into the contents of the Federal Environment Agency's online information platform "River restoration". The aim of the platform and this brochure is to motivate and support potential actors for increased implementation of river restoration... Read more

Federal Environment Agency (ed.) 2020: Unsere Bäche und Flüsse: renaturieren – entwickeln – naturnah unterhalten. Compiled by Lamberty G., Kemper M. und Naumann S., Dessau-Roßlau.

Cover conference proceedings Plastik in der Umwelt

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Plastic pollution in the environment is a global problem with unforeseeable ecological consequences. Despite numerous activities and approaches, there are only a few reliable findings on the input and distribution pathways and the effects on humans and animals. In order... Read more

Ecologic Institute (ed.) 2021: BMBF-Forschungsschwerpunkt Plastik in der Umwelt – Quellen • Senken • Lösungsansätze. Abschlusskonferenz des Forschungsschwerpunkts "Plastik in der Umwelt" am 20./21. April 2021. Berlin: Ecologic Institute.

In January 2019, Germany made a big step towards a coal phase-out: A stakeholder commission established by the federal government agreed on a schedule for plant retirement and on measures to support coal regions. For experts and journalists seeking to understand the... Read more

German Institute for Economic Research, Wuppertal Institute, Ecologic Institute (eds.) 2019: Phasing out Coal in the German Energy Sector. Interdependencies, Challenges and Potential Solutions.

A new paper by Öko-Institute and Ecologic Institute contributes to the upcoming discussion on the EU climate target for 2030 and the accompanying review of central policy instruments and governance structure. A successful implementation of a climate-neutrality... Read more

Gores, S., Fallasch, F., Siemons, A., Duwe, M., Evans, N. 2020: Turning Points for the Ambition of European Climate Targets. Getting granular on the process and identifiying cornerstones for discussion, Studie im Auftrag des Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit, Berlin: Öko Institut and Ecologic Institute.

Fact sheets



In the framework of the scientific accompanying research (PlastikNet) of the research focus "Plastics in the Environment – Sources • Sinks • Solutions" (Plastik in der Umwelt – Quellen • Senken • Lösungsansätze) Ecologic Institute coordinates 20 joint research projects,... Read more

Fact sheet series of the BMBF research focus "Plastics in the Environment – Sources • Sinks • Solutions", 2021-2022.