Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) headquartered in Leipzig, Germany, was founded in its current form in 1992; however, its beginnings reach back to 1896. The IfL is the only research institute for Geography in Germany which is not attached to a university. The research carried out at the IfL y is concerned with spatial structures and current developments that have a spatial impact in Europe, as well as with the theoretical and historical foundations of Regional Geography. Under the heading “New Geographies of Europe” the researchers analyse on-going processes, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe. An important area of the institute´s work is the presentation of research findings for specialist and more general audiences.
Together with 91 other non-university research institutes and service providers, the IfL is a member of the Leibniz Association. The Institute has intensive co-operative relationships with universities, colleges and academies as well as non-university research institutes and geographical societies and associations. The national and international contacts are being developed on a continuous basis. They include contacts with research institutes and experts in the spatial sciences as well as from other disciplines in the humanities and social and economic sciences. It is worth noting that in 2013 the IfL launched international network Ira.urban – International Research Association for Urban Studies in post-Soviet Space.
The IfL publishes scientific journals and series as well as atlases, online products and other publications play an important role in the communication of current research results and geographical information.