Knowledge transfer at the IZW

"Evolutionary research for conservation"

IZW’s mission is “wildlife research for conservation”, which includes a commitment to conducting research responsibly, in accordance with good scientific practice and in response to the needs of society. Our vision is to understand and improve the adaptability of wildlife. Through their research, IZW scientists are adding an ever-increasing number of pieces to the jigsaw in their search for a fuller understanding of the ability of wildlife to adapt to global change. Sound research findings provide the basis for new wildlife conservation concepts and methods and ultimately help improve wildlife adaptability. Knowledge transfer is a key part of this process.

At the IZW, knowledge transfer is considered to be part and parcel of any scientific work. The Institute’s strategy is designed to identify new ways of transferring knowledge that enable the results of wildlife research to be shared with as many partners as possible, including those outside the scientific community. Our knowledge transfer activities are aimed at decision makers, specific stakeholders, private-sector partners, and the general public. Whenever new ideas or technological advances prove promising, the Institute helps its staff to develop these findings and transform them into practical, market-ready applications. The IZW employs a knowledge transfer consultant to co-ordinate these activities.

Knowledge transfer comprises all activities designed to disseminate knowledge, technologies, skills, resources and an understanding of scientific methods throughout society and to foster dialogue with the public. Various “translation” services are thus required for different stakeholders in the academic community, politics and industry, specific interest groups and the public at large. The activities involved include technology transfer, the provision of appropriate information infrastructure, consultancy to policy makers and representatives of society, and the dissemination of knowledge among the general public.

As a member of the Leibniz Association, the IZW conducts academic research for the benefit of society in accordance with the ideal of theoria cum praxi practised by Gottfried Leibniz himself. Knowledge transfer is essential to this since it enables society to understand and apply research-based knowledge. Outcomes of academic activities are processed and made available through knowledge transfer.

Any successful transfer involves appropriate presentation of research findings to the target audience. This transfer takes account of the culture and modes of (inter)action of individual audiences, is tailored to their needs, and makes it possible to share knowledge and even generate new knowledge together. Knowledge transfer thus serves as an important bridge between academia and society at large.

Transfer activities within the Leibniz Association are as varied as the individual responsibilities and fields covered by its member institutions. Accordingly, research-based knowledge can be brought to bear in many different ways to create a basis for decision-making processes and societal evolution – be it in the economic, environmental, technological, political or cultural field.