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The Mannheim School of Social Sciences, with departments in political science, sociology, and psychology, has the most prominent platform for cooperation between the disciplines and sub-disciplines, the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), a highly reputed research institute. Through financial support of Baden-Württemberg and the University of Mannheim the department is continuing to grow.


The Mannheim Department of Economics has four weekly seminars, a doctoral program integrating the faculty’s research at the junior level and collaborates closely with the Centre of European Economic Research (ZEW).

The GESIS - Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences, founded in 1986, is the largest research based infrastructure institution for the Social Sciences in Germany. With the headquarters located in Mannheim and two operational centers in Cologne and Berlin, GESIS employs more than 250 people. 


The Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), founded in 1989, is a widely recognized international centre specialising in European politics and societies and their integration. The evaluation of the MZES’s 15-year research record by a high-ranking international committee concluded in 2004 that it has developed into a “centre of excellence in the social science research” and has reached a “top position in Germany’s social science research” with “national and international visibility”. The MZES employs about 100 researchers and has acquired over € 15 million external grants in the last 6 years.


The Centre of European Economic Research (ZEW) is a non-profit economic research institute, founded in 1990 on the initiative of the Federal State Baden-Württemberg, the University of Mannheim, and the local industry. It is a member of the Blue List of leading economic institutes and the Leibniz-Society since 2005, following an evaluation of the Wissenschaftsrat. The ZEW employs 168 people who specialise in applied economic research, economic consulting, and knowledge transfer. It has a predominantly microeconomic and microeconometric research approach.