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Mission statement of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM)

At the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien we research how digital media influence the acquisition and exchange of knowledge.

Our research projects are located at the intersection of the three perspectives theory, technology and subject matter. We use theories of human information processing in order to describe, explain and improve knowledge and communication processes with digital media in accordance with the respective context. Our research offers substantial insights for the scientific progress and answers important social questions. Our research is guided by established international criteria for scientific excellence.

Our research addresses a constantly changing field. For this reason, we focus on such media scenarios and characteristics which have great potential for knowledge transfer and knowledge exchange. To this end, we employ a variety of different research methods and work together in an interdisciplinary network with experts from informatics, empirical educational research, media science, medicine and other disciplines. In order to achieve results that are relevant for practical application, we cooperate with institutions such as schools and universities, organizations as well as museums.

We are committed to the support of young researchers. PhD students receive excellent supervision within our structured program. For post-doctoral researchers we offer excellent opportunities to conduct their own projects. We are currently also extending our support system for post-doctoral researchers.

We encourage and support the development of our employees as well as the reconciliation of family and working life.