Leibniz Professorship

Since 1994, the Leibniz Professorship has been awarded each semester to renowned international researchers and is one of the highest honors our university bestows.

Leibniz Professor Peter Christen in front of the Leibniz statue at the main campus of Leipzig University

Our Current Leibniz Professor: Peter Christen

Peter Christen, one of the leading experts on data science and professor at the School of Computing at the Australian National University in Canberra, is the Leibniz Professor in the summer semester of 2021.

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Die Leibniz-Professoren bringen Impulse für die Forschung, Lehre und Qualifikation von Nachwuchsforschenden und bereichern das universitäre Leben. Foto: Christian Hüller
Foto: Swen Reichhold
Foto: Swen Reichhold


Through Leibniz MOBILITY, we support early career researchers by inviting international visiting researchers (INVITATIONS) as well as promoting stays for research and networking at universities and research institutions worldwide (TRAVEL).

Leibniz CHANCE

Postdocs with a Refugee Background

This pillar of the Leibniz Programme makes it possible to invite postdoctoral researchers whose research work is severely restricted due to the political situation in their home countries. Photo: Swen Reichhold

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Leibniz Alumni

Leibniz Programme

About the Leibniz Programme

The Leibniz Programme at the Research Academy Leipzig promotes exchange between researchers – interdisciplinary , internationally and intergenerational.

The Leibniz Programme expands conventional graduate education to include new formats for exchange between early career researchers and experienced international researchers. In this learning community, they discuss their subjects and experience and develop new ideas together. Our doctoral researchers and postdocs are thus encouraged to start developing their academic and personal profiles and to build important networks for their academic careers.

The Leibniz Programme includes the Leibniz Professorship and the exchange programme Leibniz MOBILITY.

Flyer Leibniz-Programme

Why Leibniz?

The Leibniz Programme is named after Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who is considered “the last universal genius” in pre-modern times and is one of the most famous Leipzig University students.

Leibniz himself lived and experienced the exchange of ideas across national borders, disciplines and generations. He worked in a truly interdisciplinary way and gained an international reputation as a mathematician, philosopher, historian, diplomat and politician. As a result, academic exchange with international scholars played a major role for him and led him to travel across Europe. On these journeys, he always found new inspiration for the topics he was working on. When he wasn’t travelling, he maintained a lively written exchange with more than a thousand colleagues from all over the world.

Learn more about Leibniz’ life and work

Leiter des Leibniz-Programms

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Rödl

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Rödl

Wächterstraße 30
04107 Leipzig


 Viola Gründemann

Viola Gründemann

Research Management

Villa Tillmanns
Wächterstraße 30, Room 203
04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37168
Fax: +49 341 97-30239