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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.

Leibniz Association
Association's logo
Formation1990; 29 years ago (1990)
Typenon-profit research organization
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Kleiner
Main organ
€1.9 billion (2018)

In 2017, 91 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, spatial 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. Combined, the Leibniz Institutes employ 20,000 people and have a budget of €1.9 billion.[1] Leibniz Institutes are funded publicly to equal parts by the federal government and the Federal states (Bundesländer).

Every Leibniz institution is evaluated by the Leibniz Senate regularly, at a minimum of once every seven years. The evaluation is used as a benchmark of quality with respect to the work and research carried out by the institutes.[2]



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

The Leibniz Association evolved from the "Blaue Liste" (blue list) in former Western Germany and research institutions of the German Academy of Sciences at Berlin 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.

The Leibniz Association's headquarter is located in Berlin and there is EU bureau in Bruxelles. Since 2014 the engineer Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Kleiner is president of the Leibniz Association, Christiane Neumann acts as secretary general.


A - Humanities and Educational ResearchEdit

Name Location Acronym Website
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum – Leibniz-Forschungsmuseum für Georessourcen (Research Institute for Mining History and Mining Museum) Bochum DBM
German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning Bonn DIE
German Institute for International Educational Research Frankfurt am Main DIPF
Deutsches Museum München DM
Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum - National Maritime Museum Bremerhaven DSM
Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research Braunschweig GEI
Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg GNM
Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe Marburg HI
Institute for the German Language Mannheim IDS
Institute of Contemporary History München-Berlin IfZ
Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories Bamberg LIfBi
Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Kiel Kiel IPN
Leibniz-Insitut für Europäische Geschichte Mainz IEG
Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe Leipzig GWZO
Leibniz-Institute for East and Southeast European Studies Regensburg IOS
Knowledge Media Research Center (Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien) Tübingen KMRC (IWM)
Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Forschungsinstitut für Vor- und Frühgeschichte Mainz RGZM
Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics Berlin ZAS
Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin ZMO
Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information Trier ZPID
Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam ZZF
Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture (Simon Dubnow Institute) Leipzig DI

B - Economics, Social Sciences, Spatial ResearchEdit

Name Location Acronym Website
Academy for Spatial Research and Planning – Leibniz Forum for Spatial Sciences Hannover ARL
German Institute for Economic Research Berlin DIW
GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences Mannheim-Köln GESIS
GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies Hamburg GIGA
Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies Halle IAMO
Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography Leipzig IfL
Ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich München ifo
Kiel Institute for the World Economy Kiel IfW
Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development Dresden IÖR
Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space Erkner IRS
Halle Institute for Economic Research Halle IWH
Peace Research Institute Frankfurt Frankfurt am Main PRIF
RWI — Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Essen RWI
Social Science Research Center Berlin Berlin WZB
German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics Kiel & Hamburg ZBW
Centre for European Economic Research Mannheim ZEW

C - Life SciencesEdit

Name Location Acronym Website
Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine Hamburg BNITM
Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology Bremen BIPS
German Diabetes Center – Leibniz-Center for Diabetes Research at the Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf Düsseldorf DDZ
German Research Centre for Food Chemistry Garching DFA
German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke DIfE
German Rheumatism Research Center Berlin DRFZ
German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research Göttingen DPZ
Leibniz-Institute DSMZ – German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures Braunschweig DSMZ
Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology Dummerstorf FBN
Leibniz Institute for Age Research - Fritz Lipmann Institute Jena FLI
Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie Berlin FMP
Research Center Borstel – Leibniz Center for Medicine and Biosciences Borstel FZB
Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute Jena HKI
Heinrich Pette Institute – Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology Hamburg HPI
Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors Dortmund IfADo
Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology Magdeburg LIN
Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry Halle IPB
Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research Gatersleben IPK
Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine Düsseldorf IUF
Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research Berlin IZW
Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Research on

Evolution and Biodiversity at the Humboldt University Berlin

Berlin MfN
Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung Frankfurt am Main SGN
Alexander Koenig Research Museum, Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity Bonn ZFMK

D - Mathematics, Natural Sciences, EngineeringEdit

Name Location Acronym Website
Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam Potsdam AIP
Ferdinand-Braun-Institut - Leibniz-Institut für Hoechstfrequenztechnik Berlin FBH
DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Aachen Aachen DWI
FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure Karlsruhe FIZ KA
Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics Kühlungsborn IAP
Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden IFW
Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics / Leibniz-Institut für innovative Mikroelektronik Frankfurt (Oder) IHP
Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology Jena IPHT
Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth Berlin IKZ
Leibniz Institute for New Materials Saarbrücken INM
Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology Greifswald INP
Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification Leipzig IOM
Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden IPF
Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences Dortmund ISAS
Kiepenheuer-Institut für Sonnenphysik Freiburg KIS
Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz Center for Informatics Wadern LZI
Leibniz Institute for Catalysis at the University of Rostock Rostock LIKAT
Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy Berlin MBI
Mathematical Research Institute of Oberwolfach Oberwolfach MFO
Paul Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics Berlin PDI
German National Library of Science and Technology, TIB - Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology Hannover TIB
Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics Berlin WIAS

E - Environmental SciencesEdit

Name Location Acronym Website
Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy Potsdam-Bornim ATB
Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research Leipzig TROPOS
Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries Berlin IGB
Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops Großbeeren IGZ
Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde IOW
Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics Hannover LIAG
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Potsdam PIK
Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research Müncheberg ZALF
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research Bremen ZMT


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  2. ^ "Leibniz Gemeinschaft: About us / Evaluation". Retrieved 2019-03-17.

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