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Interdisciplinary Research Focus

In order to promote interdisciplinary research and competitive special focus, Leibniz Universität Hannover has developed an innovative organizational structure. The system is subdivided into three interdisciplinary orientated research structures:

In the three Leibniz research associations, researchers are working on highly relevant special focus areas on interdisciplinary research and over faculty boundaries. This system is hierarchically structured and offers various possibilities for funding and institutionalization depending on the stage of development the interdisciplinary research association.

Institutes of the faculty are involved in the following three Leibniz research structures:

Leibniz Research Initiatives

At the first development stage of the system, are Leibniz Research Initiatives as an associations of individual working groups with a clearly defined and extensive research topic, which are interdisciplinary a and over faculty boundaries.

Logo der Leibniz Forschungsinitiative FI:GEO.
Logo des Riemann Center for Geometry and Physics.

Leibniz Research Centres

Leibniz Research Centres as a second stage characterize an international and high scientific visibility of the research activities; they are regularly assessed externally and also include the involvement of external research institutes.

Logo des HOT.
Logo des Laboratoriums für Nano- und Quantenengineering (LNQE).
Logo des Leibniz Forschungszentrums Energie 2050 (LiFE 2050).

Leibniz Research Schools

Leibniz research schools as a highest stage finally offer a flexible structural framework for interdisciplinary research at international top level. They are limited temporally and have a particularly high level of organization and significant autonomy.