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Hans-Bredow-Institut Admitted into Leibniz Association

Hans-Bredow-Institut Admitted into Leibniz Association

Hamburg, 2 January 2019. The Hans-Bredow-Institut has been a member of the renowned Leibniz Association since the beginning of 2019 and shows this with its new name: Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI). The decision to accept the Hans-Bredow-Institut as a new member was made by the general meeting at the end of November 2018 in Berlin. Thus, the research organisation grows to 95 member institutions with almost 20,000 employees, with nearly half of them being researchers.

The admittance was preceded by recommendations and opinions by the senate of the Leibniz Association regarding the strategic fit of the Hans-Bredow-Institut and by the Science Council regarding the scientific quality of the institute, its supra-regional significance and its structural relevance for the scientific system in general. The Council assesses the scientific quality of the Hans-Bredow-Institut and its structural relevance for the scientific system as "very good", its supra-regional significance as"excellent".

On this basis, the Joint Science Conference decided to accept both institutes into the joint funding of the Federation and the Länder on 13 April 2018. Of the state funding for the institute, which Hamburg has so far financed alone, the Federal Government will in future take over 50 percent, Hamburg only 38 percent, and the rest will be paid by the other federal states.

The Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut will become a member of Section B of the Leibniz institutes gathering the institutes with a focus on economics, social sciences and spatial research. However, there is also a variety of connections with institutes from “Section A – Humanities and Educational Research”.


Christiane Matzen, Tel. 040 450 217 41, E-Mail

Information about the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)

The Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) examines media change and the related structural shifts in public communication. It combines basic and transfer research from a cross-media, interdisciplinary and independent perspective. Thus, it provides problem-specific knowledge for politics, commerce and civil society. More information at www.hans-bredow-institut.de/en

Information about the 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, especially with the Leibniz research museums. It further advises and informs 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. They are subject to an independent evaluation procedure that is unparalleled in its transparency. Due to the importance of the institutions for the country as a whole, they are funded jointly by the Federation and the Länder, employing some 19,100 individuals, including 9,900 researchers. The entire budget of all the institutes is approximately 1.9 billion Euros. More at https://www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de/en/about-us/


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