At its General Assembly on 26 November in Berlin, the Leibniz Association re-elected the Director of the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography to the Board of Directors and as Vice-President of the Leibniz Association for a further two years.
Sebastian Lentz is Professor of Regional Geography at the University of Leipzig and has been Director of the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig since April 2003. The geographer was first elected Vice-President of the Leibniz Association in November 2018. Since then, he has been responsible for the evaluation procedure of the Leibniz Association. His academic interest is in the regional geography of Europe and the successor states of the Soviet Union. Further focal points in research and teaching are cultural geography, transformation research and knowledge transfer.
"The last few months have made it abundantly clear to us how important information from science is for society – and how important it is to ensure high quality in research, transfer and communication of science," stressed Sebastian Lentz on the occasion of his re-election.
The Leibniz Association connects 96 independent research institutions that range in focus from natural, engineering and environmental sciences to economics, spatial and social sciences and the humanities. Leibniz Institutes address issues of social, economic and ecological relevance. Because of their importance for the country as a whole, the Leibniz Association Institutes are funded jointly by Germany’s central and regional governments. The Leibniz Institutes employ around 20,000 people, including 10,000 researchers. The financial volume amounts to 1.9 billion euros.