Leibniz Science Campus given the Go- Ahead
Plans for a science outreach campus with a focus on scientific communication were approved by the Leibniz-Association senate yesterday. This means that the large-scale research project can now go ahead.
Altogether, seven Leibniz science campuses were approved; three of which will be in Schleswig-Holstein. The project was originally initiated by IPN and is referred to as the "Kiel Science Outreach Campus" KiSOC (Kieler Wissenschaftscampus für Wissenschafts-kommunikation). It will receive ca. three million euros in funds until 2020. The consortium which is comprised of 15 universities and non-university partners from six states wants to highlight ways how scientific insights can be shared with the general public. Additionally, it is intended to increase the engagement of adolescents with MINT subject and thus make these scientific areas more attractive for upcoming generations The Leibniz Science Outreach Campus will receive a million Euros from both the Leibniz Association and from IPN each. Kiel University and the Kiel Ministry for Science are each going to fund the project with 500.000 Euro.
Altogether, 28 Leibniz science campuses and Leibniz research associations applied for a share of the over 26 million euros available in financial support. In total, 15 projects were approved with a financial volume of just over nine million euros.
Leibniz science campuses overcome institutional barriers in the German research system and enable Leibniz institutions and universities to uphold a thematically focussed cooperation in the sense of an equal, complimentary regional partnership. The aim followed is to develop the respective research areas and to strengthen the scientific environment for this specific subject area. The Leibniz Association promotes Leibniz science campuses as a strategical research project association in the frontline of „strategical networking“ of the Leibniz competition. Once the new Leibniz science campuses have been established, there will be 19 of these university cooperations nationwide spread over 12 locations.