Institute and Staff

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The Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe - Institute of the Leibniz Association is one of the central institutions of historical research on East Central Europe in Germany.

The institute devotes itself intensively to the history and culture of Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Kaliningrad region. Its work focuses on transnational links in both this region and with other parts of Europe, as well as on the history of historic German settlements. The institute has many years of experience in the construction and operation of research and information infrastructures and goes new ways in developing and making available digital knowledge. It offers its users one of the best special libraries and has extensive collections.


It conducts research and development projects and organizes conferences, workshops and lectures. A  fellowship program allows for research stays lasting from one to three months. Its numerous publications include the Journal of East Central European Studies (ZfO).

Institute of the Leibniz Association

The Leibniz Association connects 93 independent research institutions that range in focus from the natural, engineering and environmental sciences via economics, spatial and social sciences to the humanities. Leibniz Institutes address issues of social, economic and ecological relevance. They conduct knowledge-driven and applied basic research, maintain scientific infrastructure and provide research-based services.

The Leibniz Association identifies focus areas for knowledge transfer to policy-makers, academia, business and the public. Leibniz institutions collaborate intensively with universities – in the form of “Leibniz ScienceCampi” (thematic partnerships between university and non-university research institutes), for example – as well as with industry and other partners at home and abroad.

They are subject to an independent evaluation procedure that is unparalleled in its transparency. Due to the importance of the institutions for the country as a whole, they are funded jointly by the Federation and the Länder, employing some 19,100 individuals, including 9,900 researchers. The entire budget of all the institutes is approximately 1.9 billion Euros. (