Since the beginning of 2019 the Hans-Bredow-Institut fr Media Research has been a member of the renowned Leibniz Association 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 of the Leibniz Association 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”.