At its General Assembly on 24 November in Berlin, the Leibniz Association re-elected the Director of the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography to the Executive Board and as Vice President of the Leibniz Association.
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 elected Vice President of the Leibniz Association for the first time in November 2018. Since then, he has been the commissioner for the Leibniz Association's evaluation process. His scientific interests include the regional geography of Europe and the successor states of the Soviet Union. Other focal points in research and teaching are cultural geography, transformation research and knowledge transfer.
"Coping with acute crises, maintaining orientation in a rapidly changing world and at the same time advancing the transformation towards a sustainable society are complex challenges that the Leibniz Association also has to face. They require a committed science not only to narrowly watch its own quality standards, but also to seek intensive dialogue with society in order to be able to provide appropriate advice with a proper basis of information," Sebastian Lentz emphasised on the occasion of his re-election as Vice-President of the Leibniz Association.
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Prof Dr Sebastian Lentz
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