Research and topics areas that concern several Leibniz Institutes are frequently based on existing interdisciplinary profiles of the Leibniz institutions and are identified by the Leibniz Association Sections and Executive Board. This process receives additional support from Leibniz Strategy Forums, which consider and report on shared concerns and developments. The Executive Board (or a project group responsible for the topic) nominates, on the recommendation of the President, scientific leaders, depending on the topic in question.
Leibniz Strategy Forum on European Research

The Leibniz Strategy Forum on European Research is assigned to determine Europe and its (current) political and social challenges: Following the Brexit referendum, the Leibniz Association takes up on the widely differing understandings of the idea, aim, constitution and commitment of the European Union and to investigate in breadth and depth of the expertise and activities within the Leibniz Association in the research topic “Europe.”

The background is research activities that deal with European Union topics and experiences of European collaboration and memberships. Potential starting points are democracy and integration in the European Union or, in the context of the European Research Area, the added value of European research funding. On the one hand, the Leibniz Strategy Forum on European Research identifies possible areas for further research and joint research projects, which the Leibniz Association could push ahead with in the future. And on the other, it opens up Europe as a topic for public discussion of socially relevant questions. The Strategy Forum is explicitly interdisciplinary in its composition and working methods.

Members of the Strategy Forum on european Research (PDF)

Leibniz Strategy Forum on Digital Transformation

The Leibniz Strategy Forum on Digital Transformation is assigned with investigating the expertise of the Leibniz Association in using, researching and shaping digital transformation and with generating new ideas for interdisciplinary perspectives. It discusses digital transformation in the context of the Leibniz Association, research and society. The Strategy Forum sees the disciplinary diversity of the Leibniz Association as a key strength, particularly when it comes to addressing the social and research implications of digitalisation. 

Not everyone in society is equally involved in digital transformation. So it is necessary to agree on the forms of digital expertise and to discuss specific measures to promote it in research and in society. What contribution is the Leibniz Association making to shaping digital transformation? We address this through the following questions, among others: What structures are necessary to promote open science? Under what conditions can digital cultural assets be made freely accessible to everyone? How can the existing diversity of digital tools and media in research be used efficiently and transparently? 

Members of the Strategy Forum on Digital Transformation (PDF)

Leibniz Strategy Forum on Conflicts of Objectives in Sustainable Biomass Production

The role of the Leibniz Strategy Forum on Conflicts of Objectives in Sustainable Biomass Production is to ascertain the Leibniz Association’s interdisciplinary expertise for overcoming conflicts of objectives in agricultural and aquatic production systems. As we now know, agriculture and fisheries are drivers of soil and water eutrophication, biodiversity loss and climate change. Conversely, far-reaching structural change and climate change pose major challenges for farming, fisheries, and aquaculture. What strategies exist to minimise these conflicting objectives? How can production systems that were previously considered separately be connected? How can global interactions be taken into account? There is a lack of holistic, forward-looking models and transferable solutions. New technologies and digital transformation could close this gap and enable sustainable biomass production.

The members of the two-year strategy forum are working together, and with stakeholders, to develop a methodological framework and research approach for sustainable biomass production systems.

MEMBERS OF THE STRATEGY FORUM ON CONFLICTS OF OBJECTIVES IN SUSTAINABLE BIOMASS PRODUCTION (PDF)