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Organisation

The IfL is a non-profit research institution in the legal form of a registered association. The purpose of the association is the promotion of science and research in the field of regional geography and the provision of geographical information on spatial structures and their development in the national/regional as well as in the European context and for the external representation of the Federal Republic of Germany. The institutional bodies of the association are the executive board, the general committee and the scientific advisory board.

The Institute is structured into three research departments, the scientific collections, which are combined to form a service department, and the administration division and director´s staff unit. The departments fulfil the permanent tasks of the Institute as laid down in the statutes. The research areas and research groups are linked as variable units to the medium-term research programme of the IfL.

As a member of the Leibniz Association, the Institute is funded by the Federal Republic of Germany and its states.

Board of directors

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The overall management of the IfL is the responsibility of the director, who is the executive committee in the sense of § 26 BGB. The Executive Board represents the Institute externally, is responsible for all scientific matters of the Institute and assumes commercial, legal and administrative responsibility.

Member of the board

Prof Dr Sebastian Lentz

Board of Trustees

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The Board of Trustees of the IfL consists of people from science, business, politics and public administration. The Board of Trustees performs supervisory and advisory functions towards the Executive Board. Its tasks include the examination and approval of the activity reports to be submitted by the Board of Directors and the appointment of heads of scientific departments and members of the Scientific Advisory Board.

Members of the General Committee

  • Free State of Saxony, Saxon State Ministry of Science, Culture and Tourism, Dresden, represented by Axel Bergmann (Chairman)
  • Federal Republic of Germany, Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Building and Homeland Affairs, Berlin, represented by Dr Oliver Weigel (Deputy Chairman)
  • University of Leipzig, represented by the Vice Rector for Research and Promotion of Young Researchers, Prof Dr Erich Schröger
  • Prof Dr Caroline Kramer, Karlsruhe
  • Prof em Dr Günter Heinritz, Munich
  • Prof em Dr Herbert Popp, Bayreuth

Scientific Advisory Board

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The Scientific Advisory Board of the IfL consists of nine internationally renowned active scientists. It advises the Institute on scientific issues, evaluates the institute´s research and reports to the General Committees. The Scientific Advisory Board is also involved in appointment and similar selection procedures.

Members of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • Prof Dr Heike Jöns (chairwomen)
    Loughborough University (UK), Department of Geography
  • Prof Dr Christoph Zielhofer (vice chairman)
    University of Leipzig, Department for Geography
  • Prof Dr Matthew G. Hannah
    University of Bayreuth, Department of Cultural Geography
  • Prof Dr Lorenz Hurni
    ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation
  • Prof Dr Corey M. Johnson
    University of North Carolina at Greensboro (USA), Department of Geography
  • Dr Kadri Leetmaa
    University of Tartu (Estonia), Department of Geography
  • Prof Dr Peter Lindner
    Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Department of Human Geography
  • Prof Dr Annika Mattissek
    University of Freiburg, Institute of Environmental Social Sciences and Geography
  • Prof Dr Antje Schlottmann
    Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Department for Human Geography

Research departments

Regional Geography of Europe

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The department investigates socio-spatial structures and processes in Europe with a spatial focus on Germany and Eastern Europe. It works at the intersection of application-oriented and theory-based basic research.

Team

Dr Thilo Lang (Head)

Dr Annedore Bergfeld

Anna Dunkl

Franziska Görmar

Dr Nadir Kinossian

Sunna Kovanen

Dr Tim Leibert

Aura Moldovan

Verena Ott

Dr Lela Rekhviashvili

Wladimir Sgibnev

Serhii Svynarets

Lukas Vonnahme

Dr Tonio Weicker

Theory, Methodology and History of Geography

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The department's task is to gain knowledge about current and historical developments in geography with a focus on regional geography. To this end, it follows the relevant international discussions as well as space-related debates in other disciplines and contributes new findings from its own research.

Team

Prof Dr Ute Wardenga (Head)

Dr Kristine Beurskens

Dr Bettina Bruns

PD Dr Pascal Goeke

Dirk Hänsgen

Sarah Jacob

Dr Elisabeth Kirndörfer

Dr Oliver Krause

Yuliana Lazova

Stephan Pietsch

Prof Dr Haik Porada

Nona Renner

Dr Ninja Steinbach-Hüther

Maximilian Stintzing

Anja Werner

Dr Karin Wiest

Cartography and Visual Communication

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The department accompanies the teams of scientists in their search for suitable visualisations of research findings and develops new forms of presentation adapted to the current media, working methods and technical possibilities.

Team

Jana Moser (Head)


Cartography

Kristin Bolanz

Silke Dutzmann

Birgit Hölzel

Anja Kurth

Romana Schwarz


Visual communication

Volker Bode

Ihor Doroshenko

Sebastian Geidel

Prof Dr Francis Harvey

Dr Tom Hoyer

Eric Losang

Philipp Meyer

Maria Turchenko

Research infrastructures

Central Geographical Library and Archive for Geography

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The department supports the Institute's research, conducts its own research and ensures the best possible accessibility of the scientific collections for users from the scientific community and the general public.

Team

Dr Heinz Peter Brogiato (Head)

Cornelia Göldner

Alexandra Reimann

Dr Bruno Schelhaas

Tom Schmidt

Jeanette Thiele

Martin Toste

Dorothee Zickwolff

Kerstin Zschunke

Central tasks and administration

Director´s Staff Unit

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The director´s staff unit performs central permanent tasks in the areas of administration, research support and representation. It is responsible for public relations and external representation, documentation, reporting and publication, research management and research funding.

Team

Prof Dr Sebastian Lentz (director)

Lena Dallywater

Dr Isabel Hilpert

Melanie Mienert

Dr Evelin Müller

Prof Dr Hendrik Siegmund

Cordula Wagner

Dr Peter Wittmann

Administration

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The work at Ifl is supported by an efficient administrative department. Its most important tasks are the administration of finances and third-party funds, personnel management, purchasing, business travel management and the support of the IT infrastructure.

Team

Beata Kirchner (Head)

Sven Eybe

Dr Thomas Fröhlich

Julia Grönke

Marlis Hahn

Sabrina Köhler

Jacqueline Korp

Peter Kraus

Lisa Kraut

Sven-Torsten Leonhardt

Dana Lessig

Jens Rohland

Maximilian Schindler

Franziska Weyrich