Successful evaluation of the Leibniz-IZW – funding recommended for another seven years

Premises of the Leibniz-IZW (Photo: Jan Zwilling)

The Senate of the Leibniz Association published its official statement on the regular evaluation of Leibniz-IZW on  March 18, 2021. Leibniz institutions are evaluated by the Leibniz Senate every seven years at the latest. The evaluation focuses on an independent assessment of how the institution has developed in the intervening years, in terms of content and structure, as well as on the persuasiveness of its plans for the future. The Senate of the Leibniz Association adopts a statement on the basis of this evaluation, which usually contains recommendations for further funding of the institution. For Leibniz-IZW, the Senate of the Leibniz Association recommends that the Federal Government and the Länder continue joint funding of the institute.

In the statement, the Senate summarises: “With its work the IZW provides substantial contributions to the biological and species conservation worldwide, particularly also in the context of the accelerating loss of biological diversity, the destruction of habitats and climate change. The IZW does this by linking basic research, services and knowledge transfer in such a way that it leads to a high visibility within international science as well as the general public.”

In the official press statement, the Leibniz Association writes: “In its statement published today, the Senate of the Leibniz Association emphasises that the work is aimed at both basic scientific knowledge and the development of measures for the protection and conservation of populations. This is important because wildlife species are under increasing pressure to adapt, especially in view of climate change. The Leibniz Senate emphasises the very good achievements in research, the excellent infrastructure and services, e.g. for zoos, and the great commitment of the IZW to knowledge transfer. Particularly relevant are the long-term projects on the observation of adaptation processes of wildlife species, which the institute carries out above all in the global south. For the coming years, there are methodologically ambitious plans for projects whose implementation must now be well coordinated within the framework of the interdepartmental programme areas. The IZW has developed strategically very well in recent years and deepened its cooperation with the universities in Berlin and Potsdam, especially through joint appointments.”

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Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW)
in the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.
Alfred-Kowalke-Str. 17, 10315 Berlin, Germany

Prof Dr Heribert Hofer
Phone: +49 (0)30 5168100

Jan Zwilling
Science Communication
Phone: +49 (0)30 5168333