The 91 Leibniz institutions are divided up into five Sections with differing focus areas. Active knowledge sharing takes place both within and between the Sections which provide an initial overview of the Leibniz Association’s scientific profile.
Section A - Humanities and Educational Research
Section B - Economics, Social Sciences, Spatial Research
Section C - Life Sciences
Section D - Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Engineering
Section E - Environmental Research
Cultural Heritage and Education
The focus areas of this section include broadly-based educational research, diverse historical and linguistic expertise at a far-ranging spectrum of institutions, and a number of distinguished research museums which combine collection and object-related research with the mediation of results to a wide audience.
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Economic and Spatial Development, Democratic Participation and Social Integration
Meeting sociopolitical challenges on the basis of sound applied research is what connects the institutions in Section B. They investigate the causes and effects of political, economic, agricultural, ecological and social innovation and transformation processes as well as options for peaceful and sustainable structures.
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Biodiversity and Health
The institutions in this section concentrate on research in the life sciences with a focus on health and biodiversity. Health themes include immune diseases, infection, obesity and related complications (diabetes, heart- und vascular disease) as well as diseases of the central nervous system. The main directions in biodiversity research are species diversity, ecosystems, the role of biodiversity and the impact of anthropogenic change, sustainable use of biodiversity and the development of methods for meaningful biodiversity management.
Light, Matter, Information
Section D comprises the institutions and infrastructure facilities in the Leibniz Association which research into mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. These institutes ideally combine knowledge-driven research in mathematics, astrophysics and atmospheric physics with application-related investigations into innovative semi-conductor devices, new materials, medical diagnostics and environmental analysis. Modelling and simulating complex processes allow reliable predictions to be made in areas that are inaccessible or in which experimentation is difficult. New approaches to technology transfer and the presentation of outcomes reach out beyond the individual sections but are actively embraced by the scientific infrastructure facilities and the international meeting centres for mathematics and computer science.
Environment and Sustainable Development
This section focuses on environmentally-relevant issues in the natural sciences, engineering and social sciences. With the aid of laboratory and field work, the development of analytical procedures and mathematical modelling, ecosystems and biotic communities are studied, particularly against the backdrop of global change. The institutions investigate the interdependency between the natural environment and human activity and provide the basis for decision-making on securing sustainable resources in the political, economic and social arenas.