Leibniz Association

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The Leibniz Association (German: Leibniz-Gemeinschaft or Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz) is a union of German non-university research institutes from various branches of study.

In 2011, 87 non-university research institutes and service device for science belong to the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft. The fields range from natural science, engineering, and ecology, to economics, other social sciences, space science, and humanities. The Leibniz Institutes work in an interdisciplinary fashion, and connect basic and applied science. They cooperate with universities, industry, and other partners in different parts of the world. The "evaluation" of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft is a benchmark for all institutes. The Leibniz Institutes employ 16,800 people and budget was €1.4 billion.[1]

Leibniz Institutes are funded publicly to equal parts by the federal government and the Federal states (Bundesländer).


The Leibniz-Gemeinschaft is named after the German philosopher, mathematician, scientist, and inventor Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716).

The partnership evolved from the Blaue Liste (blue list) and partnerships of research institutions of the former DDR, whose research capability was deemed worth keeping after an evaluation by the German Wissenschaftsrat. The name 'Blaue Liste' for a German model for funding science has been retired, and traces back to the color of a dossier.

Leibniz-Gemeinschaft has its registered office in Berlin; there are branches in Bonn und Bruxelles. Since 2010 the sociologist Prof. Dr. Karl Ulrich Mayer is president of the Leibniz Association, Christiane Neumann acts as secretary general.


A - Humanities and History of Education[edit]

Name Location Acronym Website
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum (Research Institute for Mining History and Mining Museum) Bochum DBM www.bergbaumuseum.de
German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning Bonn DIE www.die-bonn.de
German Institute for International Educational Research Frankfurt am Main DIPF www.dipf.de/
Deutsches Museum München DM www.deutsches-museum.de
Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum Bremerhaven DSM www.dsm.museum
Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research Braunschweig GEI www.gei.de
Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg GNM www.gnm.de
Herder-Institut – Centre for Historical Research on East Central Europe Marburg HI www.herder-institut.de
Leibniz Centre General Linguistics (ZAS) Berlin ZAS www.zas.gwz-berlin.de
Institute for the German Language Mannheim IDS www.ids-mannheim.de
Institute of Contemporary History München IfZ www.ifz-muenchen.de
Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Kiel Kiel IPN www.ipn.uni-kiel.de
[Leibniz-Insitut für Europäische Geschichte (IEG)] [Mainz] IEG [1]
Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien Tübingen IWM www.iwm-tuebingen.de
Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Forschungsinstitut für Vor- und Frühgeschichte Mainz RGZM www.rgzm.de
Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information Trier ZPID www.zpid.de
Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam ZZF www.zzf-pdm.de

B - Economics, Social Sciences, Regional Infrastructure Research[edit]

Name Location Acronym Website
Academy for Spatial Research and Planning – Leibniz Forum for Spatial Sciences Hannover ARL www.arl-net.org
German Institute for Economic Research Berlin DIW www.diw.de
German Research Institute for Public Administration Speyer FÖV www.foev-speyer.de
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences Mannheim-Bonn-Köln GESIS www.gesis.org
GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies Hamburg GIGA www.giga-hamburg.de
Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe Halle IAMO www.iamo.de
Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography Leipzig IfL www.ifl-leipzig.com/
Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich München ifo www.ifo.de
Kiel Institute for the World Economy Kiel IfW www.ifw-kiel.de
ILS - Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development German Company (associated member) Dortmund ILS www.ils-forschung.de
Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development Dresden IÖR www.ioer.de
Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning Erkner IRS www.irs-net.de
Halle Institute for Economic Research Halle IWH www.iwh-halle.de
Peace Research Institute Frankfurt Frankfurt am Main PRIF www.hsfk.de
Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Essen RWI www.rwi-essen.de
Social Science Research Center Berlin Berlin WZB www.wzb.eu
German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics Kiel & Hamburg ZBW www.zbw-kiel.de
Centre for European Economic Research Mannheim ZEW www.zew.de

C - Life Sciences[edit]

Name Location Acronym Website
Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine Hamburg BNI www.bni-hamburg.de
Bremen Institute for Prevention Research and Social Medicine (Associated member) Bremen BIPS www.bips.uni-bremen.de
German Diabetes Center – Leibniz-Center for Diabetes Research at the Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf Düsseldorf DDZ www.ddz.uni-duesseldorf.de
German Research Centre for Food Chemistry Garching Garching DFA www.dfal.de
German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke DIfE www.dife.de
German Rheumatism Research Center Berlin DRFZ www.drfz.de
German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research Göttingen DPZ www.dpz.eu
German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures Brunswick DSMZ www.dsmz.de
Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology Dummerstorf FBN www.fbn-dummerstorf.de
Leibniz Institute for Age Research - Fritz Lipmann Institute Jena FLI www.fli-leibniz.de
Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie Berlin FMP www.fmp-berlin.de
Research Center Borstel – Leibniz Center for Medicine and Biosciences Borstel FZB www.fz-borstel.de
Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute Jena HKI www.hki-jena.de
Heinrich Pette Institute – Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology Hamburg HPI www.hpi-hamburg.de
Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors Dortmund IfADo www.ifado.de
Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology Magdeburg LIN www.ifn-magdeburg.de
Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry Halle IPB www.ipb-halle.de
Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research Gatersleben IPK www.ipk-gatersleben.de
Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine Düsseldorf IUF www.iuf.uni-duesseldorf.de
Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research Berlin IZW www.izw-berlin.de/
Leibniz Institute of Arteriosclerosis Research Münster LIFA www.lifa-muenster.de
Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Research on

Evolution and Biodiversity at the Humboldt University Berlin

Berlin MfN www.mfn-berlin.de
Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung Frankfurt am Main SGN www.senckenberg.de
German National Library of Medicine Köln & Bonn ZBMed www.zbmed.de/
Alexander Koenig Research Museum, Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity Bonn ZFMK www.zfmk.de

D - Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Engineering[edit]

Name Location Acronym Website
Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam Potsdam AIP www.aip.de
Ferdinand-Braun-Institut - Leibniz-Institut für Hoechstfrequenztechnik Berlin FBH www.fbh-berlin.com
FIZ CHEMIE Berlin – The Chemistry Information Centre Berlin FCH www.fiz-chemie.de/
FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure Karlsruhe FIZ KA www.fiz-karlsruhe.de
Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics Kühlungsborn IAP www.iap-kborn.de
Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden IFW www.ifw-dresden.de
Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics / Leibniz-Institut für innovative Mikroelektronik Frankfurt (Oder) IHP www.ihp-microelectronics.com
Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology Jena IPHT www.ipht-jena.de
Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth Berlin IKZ www.ikz-berlin.de
Leibniz Institute for New Materials Saarbrücken INM www.inm-gmbh.de/
Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology Greifswald INP www.inp-greifswald.de
Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification Leipzig IOM www.iom-leipzig.de
Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden IPF www.ipfdd.de
Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences Dortmund ISAS www.isas.de
Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik Freiburg KIS www.kis.uni-freiburg.de
Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz Center for Informatics Wadern LZI www.dagstuhl.de
Leibniz Institute for Catalysis at the University of Rostock Rostock LIKAT www.catalysis.de
Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy Berlin MBI www.mbi-berlin.de
Mathematical Research Institute of Oberwolfach Oberwolfach MFO www.mfo.de
Paul Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics Berlin PDI www.pdi-berlin.de
German National Library of Science and Technology Hannover TIB www.tib.uni-hannover.de
Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics Berlin WIAS www.wias-berlin.de

E - Environmental Science[edit]

Name Location Acronym Website
Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim ATB www.atb-potsdam.de
Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences Kiel IFM-GEOMAR www.ifm-geomar.de
Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research Leipzig IfT www.tropos.de
Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries Berlin IGB www.igb-berlin.de
Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops Großbeeren & Erfurt IGZ www.igzev.de
Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde IOW www.io-warnemuende.de
Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics Hannover LIAG www.liag-hannover.de
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Potsdam PIK www.pik-potsdam.de
Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research Müncheberg ZALF www.zalf.de
Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology Bremen ZMT www.zmt-bremen.de

Retired institutes[edit]

Leibniz alumni of business start-ups[edit]

Since 1990, 34 Leibniz institutions created more than 110 innovative business start-ups with about 1,600 new jobs. When seen from the regional perspective, the New Federal Lands and Berlin account for about 75% of the business start-ups. Leibniz business start-ups are generating an annual turnover of more than 145 million euros. The high sustainability and quality of the business startups is mirrored in a low insolvency of less than 5 percent.[2]


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