The DIE is a member of the Leibniz Association. It connects 96 independent research institutions from various fields. They conduct knowledge-oriented and applied basic research, maintain scientific infrastructures 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 20.000 employees including 11.520 researchers. 

Leibniz-Research Alliance

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 25 renowned extramural educational research institutes pursue the issue of designing 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 research network "Educational Potentials" comprises 25 renowned non-university and university institutes of educational research. In interdisciplinary projects, they jointly address the questions of how an efficient education system can be designed and how the potential of education and for education can be better utilized. The research network aims to find starting points for viable concepts and promising reforms at the individual, institutional and societal levels and has thus developed into a recognized contact partner in education policy. The network organizes an annual education policy forum to discuss current challenges in education in a dialogue between science and politics.

Leibniz-Science Campus

The DIE is also involved in the Leibniz ScienceCampus "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.


Leibniz institutes are also networked at the state level. For more than ten years, the North Rhine-Westphalian institutes of the Leibniz Association have offered politicians the opportunity for direct dialog. During the talks in the Düsseldorf state parliament, the members of parliament are offered scientific information on the topics of education, society, health, biodiversity and economy & energy.

The aim is to provide information on forward-looking developments. At the same time, the politicians can get an idea of the diversity of scientific expertise of the Leibniz institutes from NRW. The DIE has been involved in this dialog format from the beginning; scientists from the DIE are sought-after discussion partners.

NRW Broschüre (only in German)

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