The Ministry of Finance of the State of Baden-Württemberg has granted building permission for the new GESIS building on the campus of the University of Mannheim. Construction will start at the end of 2018 and the new building will be completed at the turn of the year 2020/21. In addition to offices and meeting rooms, conference and library areas will also be created on the approximately 4,000 square meters of floor space.
The new building will form the second construction phase of the research and teaching building of the university in square B6, which has been completed in 2017. The new building will make GESIS and the School of Social Sciences direct neighbors. Science Minister Theresia Bauer emphasizes that this spatial merging will result in a "social science lighthouse project" which will expand Mannheim's leading position in the field. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek said: "I am delighted that GESIS and the University of Mannheim will soon continue their excellent cooperation on a joint campus. This is a great benefit for the social sciences - we need them more than ever in order to better understand socio-political developments and interrelationships".