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Green light for spatial science Leibniz research network

In future, leading research institutions will pool their expertise in spatial science in the Leibniz research network "Spatial Knowledge for Society and Environment". The Leibniz Association's Executive Board has approved a proposal to this effect.

The newly established Leibniz research network combines the spatial science expertise of the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) and six other research institutions. Together, they aim to analyse social, ecological and economic processes and interactions in their diverse spatial contexts and to present the research results in a way that is understandable to society and politics.

On the one hand, the network serves as a platform for exchange among the partner institutes, and on the other hand for actors in society and politics. A further central concern is the science-based consultation of politics and practice on current issues in which space plays an important role. Social inequality, dealing with socio-ecological problems or the transformation from an industrial to a knowledge society are some of the topics the network wants to address.

As a Leibniz research network, it expands the existing 5R-network, a cooperation between the Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association, the Leibniz Institut for Regional Geography, the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS), and the Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development. Newly added is the spatial science expertise of the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies and the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research.

In order to communicate findings from spatial research to key persons in the media, politics and administration, joint position papers and policy dialogues on current political and social developments are planned. Regular meetings and workshops, high-profile events, offers to promote young researchers and the joint publication of scientific papers are also on the agenda.

The current spokesperson of the newly established network is Rainer Danielzyk, Secretary General of the Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association and Professor of Regional Planning and Spatial Research at Leibniz University of Hannover.


Leibniz research networks are dedicated to a particular focus topic or key technology. The aim is to bundle, exchange and further develop the specialist and methodological-technical competences of the participating Leibniz institutes and make them visible to the outside world. Leibniz research networks are established by the Leibniz Presidential Board at the suggestion of the Leibniz Association. There are currently six Leibniz research networks.

Scientific contact at the IfL

Prof Dr Sebastian Lentz, Direktor
Tel. +49 341 600 55-107