The Institute always hosts guest researchers from Germany and abroad, who use the infrastructure of the Institute and present their projects for discussion.
Shumiao Li graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning from Shenyang Jianzhu University, China. Afterwards, she worked as an urban planner at Chinese Architecture Design & Research Group (CADG) for two years. Since 2021, she has been a Master's student in European Urban Studies at Bauhaus University Weimar, supported by a DAAD scholarship. As a guest reseracher at the IfL (Oct. 2022 to March 2023), Shumiao focuses on cartographic methods as well as on issues related to the production, reflection, and analysis of maps within the research project Maps and atlases as mediators and producers of space (knowledge) under the global condition
Stephan Pietsch graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Geography from Friedrich Schiller University Jena in 2010. After completing his Master's degree in human geography in Mainz (graduated in 2014) and a stay abroad in Prague (2011–2012), he worked as a research assistant at the IfL since 2014, including in the project "SpielRäume - Entdeckungs- und Erlebnisraum Landschaft". As a guest researcher at the IfL, he is completing his dissertation on the topic of playful knowledge transfer, which he has been working on at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen since 2021.