Leibniz Association

The Leibniz Association connects 95 independent research institutions that range in focus from the natural, engineering and environmental sciences via economics, spatial and social sciences to the humanities. Leibniz Institutes address issues of social, economic and ecological relevance. They conduct knowledge-driven and applied basic research, maintain scientific infrastructure and provide research-based services.

The Leibniz Association identifies focus areas for knowledge transfer to policy-makers, academia, business and the public. Leibniz institutions collaborate intensively with universities – in the form of “Leibniz ScienceCampi” (thematic partnerships between university and non-university research institutes), for example – as well as with industry and other partners at home and abroad. Leibniz Institutes employ some 20,000 individuals, including 10,000 researchers. The entire budget of all the institutes is approximately 1.9 billion Euros.

The Leibniz Association cooperates with partners worldwide.  The Leibniz Association practices scientific co-operation. With a unique variety of subjects, it is well prepared to answer complex questions of social relevance. Besides this, the Leibniz Association institutes work in close cooperation, by means of research agreements, on the themes: biodiversity, sustainable production of food and nutrition, research in education, nanotechnology and security, as well as proliferation of infectious diseases. The Leibniz institutes work closely connected to universities and other partners, for example, conducting research in the plant-based bioeconomy area.

In this and in other areas, the Leibniz Association is closely linked to partners in Brazil and is interested in deepening their cooperation here.


Miguel Haubrich Seco

International Relations