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Continuation of the

The Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus “Cognitive Interfaces“ set about its work on July 1, 2017. This initiative is a continuation of the first nationwide Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus “Informational Environments“. The research network is financed by the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, through funding by the federal state of Baden-Württemberg and the Leibniz Association. The basis for this support is a cooperation contract agreed upon by the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and the Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg.


The foundation for the operational work of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus is the establishment of a stable organizational structure, with its co-ordination located at the Leibni-Institut für Wissensmedien. A strategy department was put into place for strategic orientation. An international Scientific Advisory Board was also appointed which assists the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus in an advisory capacity and evaluates the work at regular intervals.



Board of Directors of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus:

Coordination of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus:

Strategy Department:

Scientific Advisory Board of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus:

  • Prof. Dr. Nikol Rummel(Chairman), Professor of Educational Psychology,  Educational Sciences Institute,  Ruhr University of Bochum
  • Prof. Dr. Regina Jucks,  Institute for Psychology in Education and Training,  Westfalian Wilhelms University of Münster
  • Prof. Dr. Jan L. Plass, Paulette Goddard Chair in Digital Media and Learning Sciences, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Tochtermann, Director of the Leibniz Information Center for Economics Media Informatics, Kiel
  • Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller, Director of the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, Kiel

Organization Chart


Cooperation Model

The fundamental idea of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus, to link research in and outside the university more strongly, is based on an initiative by the Leibniz Association. To achieve this, the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus is structured as a joint research association of at least one Leibniz institution, at least one university, the federal state where the head office of the initiative is located and, if applicable, the Federal Republic of Germany. The goal is to foster an exchange of scientific excellence among Leibniz institutions and universities through reciprocal regional partnerships. The Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus is open to other research organizations and partners as well. The network is meant to pool elements of excellence, to do strategic research, to foster interdisciplinary choices of topics, projects and methods, to increase the visibility of the campus location and increase its research profile. The Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus is invested in sustainability: research training groups, graduate schools, special research fields and clusters of excellence can emerge here. The Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus "Informational Environments" (term 2010-2016) was the first such research structure to be realized nationwide.


A thematic focus that can be clearly identified and meaningfully defined is central to the establishment of Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus partnerships. The basic groundwork is provided by the existing structures of the participating Leibniz institutions and universities, the strategic expertise and competence of one or more Leibniz institutes and the home university’s thematic focus. In order to deal with a topic thoroughly and efficiently, it has proven to be worthwhile to seek the necessary complementary scientific excellence of other disciplines by forming a partnership with one or more scientific institutions. In this way,  the partners gain higher profiles in a win-win situation for all concerned.

Tübingen Research Campus

The IWM is a member of the Tübingen Research Campus (TRC), which is a network of the University of Tübingen and non-university research institutes. The goal of the TRC is to create synergies and to jointly bring forward top-level research in Tübingen. There are numerous cooperations between the TRC partners in research projects. The partners share facilities and train their junior researchers together.