Introducing the Frankfurt Alliance: A strong regional network

Introducing the Frankfurt Alliance: A strong regional network
@Peter Kiefer
Feb 02, 2024
New science network brings together 16 institutions from the greater Frankfurt/Rhine-Main region. Memorandum of Understanding on future cooperation within the Frankfurt Alliance signed on January 30.

The DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education is now part of the new Frankfurt Alliance science network. The participating research institutions sealed their future cooperation at a ceremony in Frankfurt's Römer. DIPF Director Prof. Dr. Mareike Kunter was one of the signatories.

The Frankfurt/Rhine-Main science region is characterized by a high density of research institutions that are already interconnected in many ways, based on common research interests and numerous cooperation agreements. To meet the major challenges of the 21st century and work together on new solutions, however, requires closer cooperation: That is why, as an initial step, 16 institutions have now joined forces and set up the Frankfurt Alliance, which is comprised of institutes from the four major scientific organizations in the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main metropolitan region, one federal institution, as well as Goethe University Frankfurt. The idea behind the network and its joint framework conditions is to create synergies and counteract the increasing segregation of work processes and research topics. 

By simplifying the conditions for joint research, reducing existing obstacles in the respective administrations by means of overarching regulations, establishing joint structures and infrastructures, and vigorously representing the interests of Frankfurt’s excellent scientists in the political arena, the Frankfurt Alliance provides the framework not only for joint research, but also the transformation of scientific structures. In addition, joint activities are expected to result in closer integration between the institutions. The vision is to further develop the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main region as a leading research hub in Europe and to further increase its international standing and attractiveness for top-level research.

Frankfurt Alliance’s first joint public event will be a science festival, to be held in downtown Frankfurt on September 28, at which the participating institutions will present themselves to the public.

The members of the Frankfurt Alliance:

  • DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education
  • Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE
  • Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)
  • Senckenberg Society for Nature Research (SGN)
  • Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research (GSI)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Translational Medicine and Pharmacology (ITMP)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT)
  • the Max Planck Institutes for Biophysics (MPIBP), Empirical Aesthetics (MPIAe), Heart & Lung Research (MPIHL), Brain Research (MPIBR), and Legal History & Legal Theory (MPILHLT)
  • Ernst Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience (ESI)
  • Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (PEI)
  • the Frankfurt site of the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK)
  • Goethe University Frankfurt

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