GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
The Foundation for Excellence
GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences is the largest infrastructure institution for the Social Sciences in Germany. More than 250 employees in two locations (Mannheim and Cologne) render substantial, nationally and internationally relevant research-based infrastructure services.
Established in 1986 as German Social Science Infrastructure Services and publicly prefunded , GESIS consisted of the three independent institutes Social Science Information Centre (IZ) in Bonn, Central Archive for Empirical Social Research in Cologne (ZA), and Centre for Survey Research and Methodology (ZUMA) in Mannheim.
Since 2007 GESIS has merged into one institute. In November 2008 GESIS has assumed the name addition "Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences" to emphasize its membership to the Leibniz Association.
Executive board and Statutory Bodies
GESIS-Leibniz-Institut for the Social Sciences is a registered organization with following statutory bodies:
The president Prof. Dr. Christof Wolf is the executive of the institute; he has appointed Prof. Dr. Beatrice Rammstedt as Vice-President.
GESIS is divided in five scientific departments covering with their research based services the whole range of empirical social research.
- Survey Design and Methodology
- Monitoring Society and Social Change
- Data Archive for the Social Sciences
- Computational Social Science
- Knowledge technologies for the Social Sciences
The research data centres are placed across the departments. Additional to the access to special data, they provide also documentations and context information and give advice based on own research.
Our infrastructure departments Administration, IT, Communication, Quality Management and Library maintain the scientific work at GESIS with internal and external services. The knowledge transfer department organises the training events program.