Leibniz chairs express a particularly close relationship between an international researcher and a Leibniz institution. They must have a high international reputation and have rendered outstanding long-term service to the Leibniz Institute.
Leibniz institutes can apply centrally for the appointment of a Leibniz Chair on an honorary basis. If the Presidential Board's decision is positive, the Leibniz Institute appoints the nominee - usually for a period of five years. Eleven Leibniz Chairs are currently awarded.
Prof. Dr.William O'Reilly (Leibniz-Chair) German Maritime Museum - Leibniz Institute for Maritime History (DSM), Bremerhaven
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Prof. Dr. O'Reilly advises on the development of the thematic area of transatlantic mobility and migration.