Leibniz Research Alliance
Healthy Ageing

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Leibniz Institutes

The ARL is a non-university and independent research institute for spatial sciences in Hannover. It investigates space both in terms of its physical structure and as part of societal processes. It analyses possibilities of sustainable spatial development on a national and international level. As forum for spatial research and planning it brings together academics from various disciplines promoting contact between academics, politicians and public officials.
Contact: Martin Sondermann


The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is one of Germany's leading economic research institutes. The institute addresses on decision-makers in politics, business, and administration,  as well as scientists and the interested public. The four key objectives of ZEW are to conduct research of the highest quality, to provide scientifically grounded economic policy advice, to train up-and-coming economists, and to inform the professional and lay public.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Susanne Steffes


The DDZ is an interdisciplinary research center which combines molecular, cellular, clinical, and epidemiological work to improve prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and therapy of diabetes mellitus and its associated secondary complications. Moreover, the DDZ conducts clinical studies in order to analyze onset and development of diabetes, and to develop new prevention therapies. The DDZ contributes to an improved quality of epidemiological data regarding diabetes in Germany.
Contact: PD Dr. Christian Herder, Prof. Dr. Michael Roden


The German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE) is a central forum in the fields of research and practice of continuing education in Germany. It combines research and practice, provides data and information and produces research and development work.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Josef Schrader, Carolin Knauber


The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) is one of the leading economic research institutions in Germany. Its core mandates are applied economic research and economic policy as well as provision of research infrastructure.
Contact: Dr. Johannes Geyer


The mission of the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke (DIfE) is to investigate the pathogenesis of nutrition-associated diseases in a collaborative effort of experimental, clinical and epidemiological research. Thereby, the institute contributes to the development of new strategies for prevention and treatment, and to nutritional recommendations that are based on scientific evidence.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Tilman Grune, Prof. Dr. Heiner Boeing


The DPZ's mission is to serve as a centre of excellence for research with primates and as a service and competence centre for those institutions in Germany and abroad that house primates or do primate-related research. The centre executes research in the areas of Infectious Pathology, Organismic Primate Biology, and Neuroscience. The primate Husbandry of the DPZ is the central infrastructural unit with breeding colonies for Old and New World monkeys. The DPZ maintains field research stations in the tropics and offers scientific service such as provision of biological material of primates, analyses of samples, and primate-specific education and consultation.
Contact: Dr. Robert Teepe


The (German Rheumatism Research Centre Berlin) DRFZ is among the leading international institutes in the field of immunology, experimental rheumatology and rheumatism epidemiology. A special hallmark is the close affiliation to the Charité – Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, which is a profit for both, clinicians and scientists. This unique environment enables the orientation of the experimental research along the clinical needs and the application of  cutting-edge technologies from bench to bedside.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Andreas Radbruch, Dr. Elke Luger


Human ageing is a multifactorial process controlled by both environmental and genetic factors. The mission of the FLI is to understand the molecular mechanisms that underlie the ageing process and lead to age-related diseases. With the help of model systems, they try to unravel fundamental mechanisms of aging. This knowledge can contribute to a more healthy ageing of people and create a rational basis for the development of molecular therapies.
Contact: Prof. K. Lenhard Rudolph


At ISAS (Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften – ISAS – e.V.) we investigate and develop analytical strategies, methods and instruments for modern material sciences and biosciences. Our aim is to gather new information on the structure and dynamics of new materials and biological systems that cannot be obtained with conventional methods.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Albert Sickmann, Dr. Drik Janasek


The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) in Dresden works on how cities and regions can become more sustainable. These issues are dealt with in the national and international context. The institute investigates interactions between the natural environment and society, and options for influencing them. Ageing-sensitive urban and regional development constitutes one of the research lines within this context.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Müller, Juliane Banse


The FBN Dummerstorf explores the functionality of livestock as a system with the aim of achieving the animal-, resource-, climate- and environmentally-friendly animal husbandry as the basis for the balanced production of agricultural products of animal origin.
Contact: FBN in general, Dr. Andreas Höflich


Researchers at the FMP identify novel bioactive molecules and characterize their interactions with their biological targets in cells or organisms. These compounds are useful tools in basic biomedical research and may be further developed for the treatment, prevention, or diagnosis of disease. Researchers study key biological processes and corresponding diseases, such as cancer, aging including osteoporosis, or neurodegeneration.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Volker Hauke


The Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (LIN) is a research institution dedicated to the study of the mechanisms of learning and memory. The research concept includes all levels of brain organization – from molecules and cells to neuronal networks and circuits to animal and human behavior. Basic research on the central research topic is tightly associated with translational aspects in medicine and clinical applications, technology and engineering, as well as education and life-long learning.
Contact: Constanze Seidenbecher


As an epidemiological research institute, our mission is to identify causes of health problems and to develop new concepts for disease prevention. Our goals are to disseminate our research findings to the society, to inform the general public about health risks, and to contribute to a healthy living environment. We pursue this goal in interdisciplinary teams of researchers and technical staff whose expertise covers a broad spectrum of methodologies from medicine, the natural sciences, and humanities.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Hajo Zeeb, Dr. Sarah Forberger


Leibniz-Zentrum für Psychologische Information und Dokumentation (ZPID) is the documentation and information center for psychology in the German-speaking countries. ZPID conducts applied basic research in psychology and its interfaces with educational research, health sciences and medicine, neuroscience, and information sciences.
Contact: Dr. Anne-Kathrin Mayer


The IZW is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to developing the scientific basis for novel approaches to wildlife conservation.  We study the adaptability and resilience of wildlife to global change, with the goal to develop novel concepts, tools and intervention methods for conservation.
Contact: Dr. Susanne Holtze


The Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo) investigates potentials and risks of modern work on the basis of behavioral and life sciences. The results lead to principles of beneficial and healthy design of the working environment.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Jan G. Hengstler, PD Dr. Stefan Geztzmann


The IUF investigates the molecular mechanisms of environmentally induced aging processes and disorders of the immune system. Our goal is the development of innovative strategies, either as therapeutic approaches or as new risk assessment procedures. For this we use human organ-like in vitro models, integrative research approaches and modern bioinformatics and systems biology approaches.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Jean Krutmann


The ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development – focuses on „New urbanization processes in the European context - Urban futures“ and analyses the causes and consequences of new urbanisation processes and develops concepts for making urban areas fit for the future. This is done on an interdisciplinary basis and also involves international comparisons.
Contact: Ralf Zimmer-Hegmann


The RWI is a leading centre for economic research and evidence-based policy advice in Germany. The Institute´s research is structured along five “competence areas” that look into economic interrelations at all levels – ranging from the individual to global economy. The claim “research with impact” illustrates its high scientific demand.
Contact: Dr. Ansgar Wübker

Associated partners

The mission of OFFIS is to conduct applied computer science research and technology transfer in the domains of energy, health, and transportation. The Health research division, amongst others,  explores technology for empowering independent living in older adults who often suffer from age related deficiencies.
Contact: Prof. Dr.-ing. Andreas HeinJochen Meyer