The DIE is a member of the Leibniz Association. It connects 91 independent research institutions from various fields. They conduct knowledge-oriented and applied basic research, maintain scientific infrastructure or provide research-based services. They are evaluated in transparent and independent procedures. Leibniz institutes are commonly funded by the government and the Federal states due to their national significance. Overall, Leibniz institutes have around 18,600 employees including 9,500 researchers. The institutes' total budget amounts to 1.7 billion Euros.
The DIE is involved in both the "Leibniz Education Research Network“ as well as the Leibniz Research Alliance "Healthy Ageing". As a member of the Leibniz Education Research Network, the DIE as well as 16 renowned extramural educational research institutes pursue the issue how to design an efficient education system. In 2014, the DIE organised the Network's annual Education Research Conference, which, in its role as an educational transfer tool, addresses both education politics and administration as well as the interested public.
The DIE is also involved in the Leibniz ScienceCampus Tübingen "Informational Environments". In addition to research networks, ScienceCampi are a strategic tool for the Leibniz Association to link universitarian and non-universitarian research. This interdisciplinary research association was initiated by the Knowlegde Media Research Centre Tübingen in cooperation with the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. The influence of digital media on knowledge and educational processes is analysed in eight thematic clusters with 27 sub-projects. For this purpose expert knowledge from the fields of psychology, sociology, educational science, computer science, economics, media science, and medical science is bundled in the Leibniz ScienceCampus. At the end of 2014, The Leibniz Association decided on a third and final funding period.
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