Research Networks and Collaborative Projects

Leibniz Research Networks

Leibniz Research Networks focus on a particular key topic or technology. They form a communicative platform where the participating institutes can exchange subject-based, methodological and technical expertise and develop it further. Leibniz Research Networks are set up by the Executive Board of the Leibniz Association at the request of the Leibniz Institutes. The Leibniz-LSB@TUM is a member of four of the 15 Leibniz networks.

Leibniz Research Network "Bioactive Compounds"

The main goal of the proposed Leibniz Research Network is the further development of the subject-related communication platform, where the participating institutes, as well as external partners can exchange subject-based, methodological and technical expertise. This framework enables improved and expanded further development of methodical-technical competencies.

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Leibniz Research Network „Green Nutrition - Healthy Society“

The objectives of the "Green Nutrition - Healthy Society" network are, in addition to scientific exchange, the identification of specific research needs on current issues in the field of healthy and sustainable nutrition, the initiation of interdisciplinary cooperation, far-sighted promotion of young talent and careers and the establishment of an active exchange with political actors as well as regular knowledge transfer in politics and the public.

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Leibniz Research Network "Immune-Mediated Diseases"

The aim of the Leibniz Research Network "Immune-Mediated Diseases" is to research and explain the mechanisms underlying these diseases and to develop suitable treatments. Leibniz Institutes working in a wide range of specialist disciplines are involved in this network.

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Leibniz Research Network "Stem Cells and Organoids"

The aim of the Leibniz Research Network "Stem Cells and Organoids" is to combine competences, further develop the field, promote translation and make the field of stem cell research in the Leibniz Association visible to the outside world.

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Leibniz Research Alliances

Leibniz Research Alliances act as internal networking platforms with the aim of pooling complementary expertise from different institutes to pave the way for extra-successful research projects with wide appeal. They are central points of contact for policymakers, industry representatives, supporters, the media and the general public. Leibniz Research Alliances are open to collaboration with universities, non-university research and infrastructure facilities, international research groups and industry partners. The Leibniz-LSB@TUM is a member of one of the five Leibniz research alliances.

Leibniz Research Alliance „Health Technologies”

The member institutes of the Leibniz Health Technologies Research Alliance work on specific technological solutions to urgent medical challenges. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the alliance aims to draw together prevention, diagnostics and therapy. Expertise is pooled from a wide range of scientific disciplines: from photonics and medicine to microelectronics, materials research, economic research and applied mathematics. In this way, innovative health technologies are guided to market maturity along a seamless innovation chain, with the help of industry, hospitals, insurance companies and policymakers. The Leibniz Health Technologies Research Alliance follows a holistic concept, which includes research into the economic, social and ethical consequences of new technologies.

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Leibniz Strategy Forums

Research and topics areas that concern several Leibniz Institutes are frequently based on existing interdisciplinary profiles of the Leibniz institutions and are identified by the Leibniz Association Sections and Executive Board. This process receives additional support from Leibniz Strategy Forums, which consider and report on shared concerns and developments.

The Leibniz-LSB@TUM participates in the Leibniz Strategy Forum on "Sustainable Agri-Food Systems" and the Leibniz Strategy Forum on "Research Assessment".

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Leibniz Labs

At its meeting on March 19, 2024, the Senate of the Leibniz Association made far-reaching decisions in various cross-institute funding formats. In a new format, the Senate approved three Leibniz Labs for the first time. The Leibniz-LSB@TUM is involved in two Leibniz Labs:

  • "Pandemic Preparedness - Preparing for future pandemics by networking inter- and transdisciplinary research: One Health, One Future"
  • "Systemic Sustainability - Biodiversity, Climate, Agriculture and Nutrition within Planetary Boundaries"

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The MCGG-SARS-CoV-2 project

A severely disturbed sense of smell and taste is the predominant neurological symptom of COVID-19 disease (Parma V et al. 2020). Scientists assume that the SARS-CoV-2 virus impairs chemosensory perception via other mechanisms than common cold viruses do (Cooper KW et al. 2020). In order to investigate these at the molecular level and thus create a scientific basis for new therapeutic approaches and test options, the Leibniz-LSB@TUM has received funding from the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs for a research project started in June 2020. As part of the MCGG-SARS-CoV-2 project, the institute works closely together with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the University of Vienna.

MCGG-SARS-CoV-2 stands for: Molekularbiologische Charakterisierung von Geruchs- und Geschmacksrezeptoren bei Probanden mit positivem Nachweis von SARS-CoV-2-IgG-Antikörpern sowie auftretenden Geruchs- und Geschmacksstörungen.

Global Consortium for Chemosensory Research (GCCR)

The Global Consortium for Chemosensory Research (GCCR) is a group of scientists, clinicians, and patient advocates formed during the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Members are spread across 30 countries on five continents. An LSB scientist is also a member of the GCCR, which is conducting a global study to assess the possible relationships between respiratory illnesses (e.g., COVID-19, influenza, the common cold) and their effects on smell and taste perception Preliminary results on recovery patterns, which should facilitate selection of appropriate therapeutic interventions, can be found here:


WaterTOP (CA18225)

  • Martin Steinhaus (German representative on the Management Committee), Andreas Dunkel, Veronika Mall
  • 2019–2023
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  • Training School: Water T&O Database & TOW” meeting, 23-24 March 2023, Freising

ERNEST (CA18133)

  • Antonella Di Pizio (Management Committee Member; Vice Chair)
  • 2019–2023

NECTAR (CA18202)

  • Antonella Di Pizio
  • 2019–2024

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  • Veronika Somoza (Management Committee Member), Maik Behrens, Antonella Di Pizio
  • 2023–2027

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