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About IFIS

The Institute for Integral Studies (IFIS) catalyzes the recognition and further development of integral and likeminded approaches in academic research, higher education and research-based practice. IFIS is focusing on the connections between

i) the existing disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields of academic study,

ii) fields neglected or dismissed by academic research,

iii) the development of integral (meta‑) studies,

iv)  real-life challenges in our age of global crises, and

v) research into desirable futures and the conditions to bring them about.

Based on values and principles inspiring a broad, pluralistic, dialogical, critical, self-reflective and dynamic understanding and practice of integral studies IFIS is deploying a series of activities, among them research and development projects, academic events, high-level publications and consulting services. The shared commitment of the members of the Institute is to develop, share and help to make use of knowledge and wisdom of a new, integral quality with the sole purpose to contribute to the common good and to the well-being and sustainable development of the greatest number of sentient beings and their sociocultural and natural habitats.

IFIS as a non-profit organisation allows likeminded and interested individuals and organisations to connect in many ways, from occasional to committed, from informal to formal, from online to face-to-face, from informational to transformational. Most of its active members are affiliated with a higher education or research institution and generally have a background in integral studies for many years. This unique community of research and learning is committed to quality processes and the results achieved comply with and go beyond common scientific standards.

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Next IFIS Online Colloquium: March 21, 2018. More info here.

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IFIS-Newsletter Nr. 7 (2017/18) ist erschienen, download hier.

IFIS' Newsletter N° 7 (2017/18 - English version) is now available, download here.


IFIS goes Facebook


IFIS-Newsletter Nr. 6 (Frühjahr 2016) ist erschienen, download hier


"Learning Transition/La transition s'apprend", LiFT-Workshop Luxemburg, 18.-20.11.2015


Fortsetzung LiFT-Projekts als Strategische Partnerschaft bewilligt! Mehr hier.


IFIS-Newsletter Nr. 5 (Frühjahr 2015), download hier


IFIS-Herbstklausur 2014 "Integrale Konfliktlösung", 28.-30.11.2014, CH-Bassecourt


"The future of organization(s)", LiFT workshop Vienna (Austria), November 21-22, 2014. Read report


"Why School?" A visioning workshop about the future of education. LiFT Workshop Stockholm (Sweden), August 22-24, 2014

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Infos zur Diskussion über den ESM 

Börsen-Experte Dirk Müller zum ESM

Interview mit Wolfgang Hetzer zur Finanz- und Schuldenkrise

Benzin aus Sand. Interview mit Dr. Peter Plichta

IFIS-Newsletter Nr. 3 (Januar 2012), Download hier als PDF.


31.5.-2.6.2013: Symposium "Adult Development Research meets Social Sciences – Applications in various disciplines", gemeinsam mit der ESRAD, CfP und weitere Informationen hier


27.-30.9.2012: IFIS-Herbstklausur zum Thema: "Wissenschaft 3.0 - integrales Metakognitionstraining", Saig/Schwarzwald
Information und Anmeldung hier

 3.-6.5.2012: "Integral ecology and ways of sustainable living", Seminar im Rahmen einer Grundtvig-Lernpartnerschaft (Freiburg)


20.-22.4.2012: Arbeitstreffen Methodenentwicklung integrale Hochschulbildung (intern)


IFIS-Herbstklausur 18.-20.11.2011

Symposium Wissenschaftliches Forschen

7.-8.10.2011, Kassel (gemeinsam mit dem Deutschen Kollegium für Transpersonale Psychologie und Psychotherapie, DKTP )


11.-16. Juni 2011
6 Tage integrale Forschung und Begegnung im Südschwarzwald


"Wirtschaft ohne Wachstum?!" Vorlesungsreihe des Studium Generale, Universität Freiburg im SS 2011

IFIS-Februar-Klausur 2011
mit integralem Forschungskolloquium
Freiburg-Schauinsland, 18.-20.2.2011

IFIS-Newsletter Nr. 2

(Dezember 2010)
hier als PDF


IFIS-Mitarbeiter erhält Kapp-Forschungspreis für Ökologische Ökonomie

Mehr Informationen hier


Lernen aus der Krise.
Auf dem Weg zu einer Verfassung des Kapitalismus. Mehr unter:



Nr. 1 (Dezember 2009)
hier als PDF


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