Green light for Leibniz Research Network on spatial sciences

In future, leading research institutions, including the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), will pool their expertise in spatial science in the Leibniz Research Network "Spatial Knowledge for Society and the Environment". The Leibniz Association's Executive Board has approved the request of several Leibniz Institutes.

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The Leibniz Research Network combines the spatial sciences expertise of the IOER and six other research institutions. Together, they aim to analyse social, ecological and economic processes and interactions in their diverse spatial contexts and to present the research results in a way that is understandable to society and politics.

The network serves as a platform for exchange among the partner institutes. A further central concern is the science-based dialogue with partners in politics and practice on current issues in which space plays an important role as an influencing factor and social resource. Dealing with ecological problems, social inequality or the transformation from an industrial to a knowledge society are some of the topics the network wants to address.

As a Leibniz Research Network, it expands the existing 5R-network, a cooperation between the Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association (ARL), the Leibniz Institutes for Regional Geography (IfL), of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) and for Research on Society and Space, as well as the Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development. Newly added is the spatial sciences expertise of the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) and the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF).

In order to communicate findings from spatial research to key persons in the media, politics and administration, joint position papers, policy dialogues on current political and social developments, as well as an actor-in-residence programme are planned. Regular meetings and workshops, high-profile events, offers to promote young researchers and the joint publication of scientific papers are also on the agenda.

The current spokesperson of the network is Rainer Danielzyk, Secretary General of the ARL – Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association and Professor of Regional Planning and Spatial Research at Leibniz University of Hannover.


Leibniz Research Networks focus on a particular key topic or technology. They form a communicative platform where the participating institutes can exchange subject-based, methodological and technical expertise and develop it further. Leibniz Research Networks are set up by the Executive Board of the Leibniz Association at the request of the Leibniz Institutes.

Contact at the IOER

Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram, phone: +0049 351 46 79-211, e-mail: M.Wolfram[im]