The membership of the Leibniz Association is linked to conditions concerning the quality of our scientific work. The last evaluation took place in 2017. The success of this evaluation is both recognition and obligation. This is linked to a clear mandate to embed research on shipping history in issues of relevance to society as a whole and to make it visible beyond the region. We contribute to the sustainable use of oceans and coasts by focusing our research and exhibition programme "Man & Sea" on economic, scientific and ecological topics. Our membership in the Leibniz Association enables us to carry out international and interdisciplinary scientific activities that take place in front of and behind the scenes. As a Leibniz research museum, we are committed to the principle of conceiving exhibitions as a medium for scientific approaches, methods and results. In close cooperation with the other Leibniz institutes and Leibniz research museums, we develop joint projects and combine different expertise and, in some cases, objects. In the "open laboratory" of our museum you will discover some of the loans from the other research museums!
With its namesake, the universal scholar Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716), the Leibniz Association combines curiosity about the world and its phenomena with the willingness to get to the bottom of problems using scientific methods and to contribute to improving the world in which we live. 93 institutes and museums are members of the Leibniz Association, which is a non-profit-making association. These are funded by the federal and state governments on the basis of their scientific excellence and social relevance on the basis of regular scientific evaluation procedures. The institutions of the Leibniz Association cooperate at national and international level with universities, institutes of other research organisations, commercial enterprises, state institutions and social organisations. The Leibniz Association pays particular attention to close cooperation with universities: This is expressed in joint appointments and the use of the institutes and research museums as "joint labs" for the academic world. The Leibniz Association has various internal and external decision-making and advisory bodies. The Leibniz Association actively promotes the networking of its post-doctoral and doctoral students at international level. Integration into the Leibniz Association is thus also a central element in the promotion of young scientists and quality assurance within the individual institutes.