The special function of the eight Leibniz research museums as an interface between science and society is strengthened through their joint action plan. The joint actions run in addition to the outreach projects organised at the individual research museums. They focus on science communication, knowledge transfer research and the international exchange of knowledge.

We would like to thank the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the states in which the museums are based for their financial support for Action Plan I (2017–2019) and Action Plan II (2019–2020).

Research museums are places for dialogue

As “places for dialogue”, the Leibniz research museums invite academics, politicians and the general public to discuss socially relevant topics with a historical perspective. The topics are taken from the museums’ key research areas, and from the questions surrounding the objects they hold, taking account of their social relevance.

Research museums develop new formats for knowledge transfer

The Leibniz research museums work with educational research institutes to develop a research agenda for the medium term. They are developing and testing new, research-based standards and formats for museum communication, and carrying out multi-institutional effectiveness studies. The aim is to make (better) use of the special potential of educational processes in out-of-school learning environments for all ages.

Global networking for research museums

Museums all over the world face similar challenges, including in terms of attracting visitors, digitalisation and conserving and expanding their collections for the benefits of research and society. Approaching these challenges together through networking and international partnerships therefore seemed an obvious step to take.

The Leibniz research museums initiated the world’s first Global Summit of Research Museums, at which representatives of some of the world's most prestigious research museums in the fields of art, culture, the humanities, technology and nature discussed the current and future focus of their research and exhibition activities, processes of social change and the responsibility that research museums can take for the Earth’s future.

Dr Britta Horstmann
Deputy Head of Division
Leibniz Association
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