Leibniz Association

The Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History is a member of the Leibniz Association. Founded in 1995, the association took on its official name Wissensgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in 1997. It emerged historically from the “Blue List” of 1977, in which the German federal and state governments combined 46 institutions, including the IfZ, that were to be funded together in accordance with Article 91b of the constitution. The condition for this support was for research to be conducted that was of supraregional importance and in line with the academic policies of the state.

As of 2019, 95 independent research institutions are members of the Leibniz Association, including institutes, museums, and central libraries, all dedicated to the idea of “science for the use and welfare of humankind”. The institutions range from natural and environmental sciences to engineering, economics, geosciences, and the social sciences and humanities.

Leibniz Institutes focus their work on socially, economically, and ecologically relevant questions. They conduct fundamental research, geared towards both knowledge and practice, maintain scientific infrastructures, and provide research-based services. The Leibniz Association places emphasis on transferring knowledge to the political, scientific, and economic worlds as well as to the general public. The institutes maintain a close cooperative relationship with universities, the industrial world, and other partners within Germany and beyond. The federal government and the German states support the Leibniz Association jointly due to its significance for the country as a whole. The Leibniz institutions are all regularly evaluated by external and independent experts. 


Further information can be found at: www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de