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Central German Leibniz ScienceCampus enters second round

After signing the contract: Beate Schücking, Rector of the University of Leipzig, together with Sebastian Lentz, Director of the Leibniz Institute of Regional Geography (left), and Thomas Glauben, Director of the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (Photo: © Swen Reichhold)

By signing a new cooperation agreement, the research institutions involved in the Leibniz ScienceCampus "Eastern Europe – Global Area" (EEGA) have extended their partnership until 2024

The new EEGA cooperation agreement will officially come into force with the start of the second funding phase in early October. This will enable the joint project, which was initiated in 2016 by the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) and the University of Leipzig, to continue and expand its research on the positioning of Eastern Europe in global processes and conflicts. The Leibniz Association had already agreed to the extension application at the beginning of the year and approved a total funding amount of around 800,000 euros.

On the occasion of the signing of the contract on 16 September, Sebastian Lentz, IfL Director and Professor of Regional Geography at the University of Leipzig, outlined the successes in the areas of networking, research and the promotion of young researchers. In the next four years, he said, the aim will be to combine the modules of master's education, doctoral training and post-doc support. In addition, the medium-term goal is to win a DFG Postgraduate programme that will work closely with graduate schools in the field of regional studies at the participating universities.

In the evening, experts from the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, the Center for Eastern European and International Studies, and the German Association for East European Studies discussed with invited guests the significance of the Covid 19 pandemic with regard to new research questions and the practice of empirical research on Eastern Europe in its global interdependencies. The panel discussion took place in the Leipzig conference lounge and could be followed via livestream.

Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus "Eastern Europe - Global Area" - the background

In cooperation with research institutions in Eastern Europe, EEGA examines processes such as migration and mobility, economic interdependence, political integration, but also cultural and intellectual perspectives and identities. The aim is to expand the often one-sided information about Eastern Europe and to open up differentiated access to this world region.

Partners in the EEGA network are the Universities of Leipzig, Halle and Jena, the Leibniz Institutes for Regional Geography, for History and Culture of Eastern Europe and for Agricultural Development in Transition Economies, as well as the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy. The Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow is a new network member in the second funding phase.

Leibniz-ScienceCampi

In the funding period 2020 to 2024 there will be 25 Leibniz ScienceCampi. In these, universities, Leibniz institutes and often other research institutions work together on an equal footing. The Leibniz Association, one of Germany's major research organisations, thus aims to support cooperation between university and non-university research and to make the respective location more visible through a strengthened research profile.

Further information and photos

https://www.leibniz-eega.de/cooperation-agreement-signed/

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