Cooperations in Germany
As part of the Leibniz Association the ARL maintains close contact with other Leibniz institutes. It is involved in the Leibniz Working Groups ‘Sustainability’ (Head: Prof. Dr. Rainer Danielzyk (ARL); Administration: Dr. Ina Peters (ARL) and ‘Knowledge Transfer’, and in the Research Alliances ‘Biodiversity’ and ‘Energy Transition’. Furthermore, the ARL engages in the ‘Guide to Sustainability Management in Non-university Research Institutes (LeNa)’ funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, a project participated in by a number of other Fraunhofer, Helmholtz and Leibniz institutes.
Spatial Science Network 5R
Cooperation with the other spatial science institutes in the 5R-Network is of particular importance. This involves the following partner institutes:
- Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS), Erkner;
- Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL), Leipzig;
- Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), Dresden;
- Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development (ILS), Dortmund.
Spatial Science Network 11R
In order to ensure a regular exchange of information and experience, the 5R institutes have for some years cooperated within the 11R Network with the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR), the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UfZ), the German Institute of Urban Affairs (DifU), the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), the Thünen Institute (TI) and the Central Institute for Spatial Planning at the University of Münster (ZIR).
Leibniz University Hannover
The ARL Headquarters cooperates closely with the Leibniz University Hannover (LUH). The Secretary General of the Headquarters, Prof. Dr. Rainer Danielzyk, is also Professor of Regional Planning and Spatial Research in the Institute of Environmental Planning (IUP) at LUH. Since 2013 the ARL has worked together with the research centre TRUST (‘Transdisciplinary | rural and urban | spatial transformation’), a cooperation that has been substantially extended by the establishment of the TRUST/ARL Research Training Group. The ARL contributes to the research training by offering four PhD positions in the Headquarters, integrating the young researchers in the activities of the Academy and thus qualifying them for transdisciplinary research. LUH and the ARL also work together in the organisation of conferences and the acquisition and realisation of externally funded projects.
The ARL Headquarters also conducts joint research projects with other German research institutes and organisations, both university based and non-university based (cooperative projects with the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL), the University of Kassel and the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE). Working together with 24 other research institutes from the Fraunhofer Society, the Helmholtz Association and the Leibniz Association in a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the ARL Headquarters has produced guidelines for sustainable research: ‘Guide to Sustainability Management (LeNa)’.
Cooperations in the Promotion of Young Professionals
In cooperation with the Society for the Promotion of Spatial and Environmental Research (FRU), the ARL has since 2005 provided an annual mentoring programme for young women in academia and planning practice. In 2017 this programme was supplemented by a new mentoring initiative for young professionals both male and female.