The transfer activities of the Faculty of Economics and Management Science to varying extents cover with virtually no exceptions all fields of activity highlighted in Leipzig University's transfer strategy.

  1. Apply knowledge (start-up, R&D and academic service),
  2. Impart knowledge (continuing education, service learning, training of professionals and managers, museums and collections),
  3. Advising (academic advice and coaching, expert opinions, participation in external bodies and
  4. communicating knowledge (media, event formats)
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The application of knowledge comes into play in particular with the following focus of the Faculty:

  1. Founded
  2. R&D and academic service


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The Self-Management Initiative Leipzig (SMILE) is the central interfaculty transfer project of the Leipzig University for the promotion of spin-offs as well as professional and personal independence of students, researchers and graduates in Leipzig. In collaboration with universities and research institutions in Leipzig, more than 400 start-ups have been successfully supported over the past ten years. SMILE is funded by the EU, the Free State of Saxony and the Leipzig Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer. SMILE is additionally a project that supports the Leipzig Regional Science Area due to its strong transfer orientation.

Of course, professors, research assistants and students of the Faculty of Economics and Management Science are also founders of companies. These range from a large number of smaller companies (e.g. in the area of start-ups that arise in the context of student initiatives) and freelance activities to the founding of limited liability companies (GmbHs), with a significant number of employees already in the start-up phase. Thus, in the past 10 years, more than 15 start-ups have been achieved by members of the Faculty. In addition, various university lecturers are involved as mentors for student start-up teams at the Leipzig University.


2. R&D and academic service

Within the framework of the collaboration with companies, researchers from the Faculty of Economics and Management Science work on projects with a contract volume of around 565 thousand euros per year (2019). The subject matter of these projects, which are funded by industry, are customer-specific tasks from the fields of research, research-related services and consulting.

A significant (partly indirect) transfer of knowledge takes place within the framework of a large number of application-oriented collaborative research projects that are funded, for instance, by the EU, the BMBF, the BMWi, the ZIM programme or the SAB.

In addition, the Kompetenzzentrum für Öffentliche Wirtschaft, Infrastruktur und Daseinsvorsorge e.V. (Competence Centre for Public Economy, Infrastructure and Services of General Interest) (KOWID) and the Institut für Angewandte Informatik e.V (Institute of Applied Computer Science e.V.) (InfAI) play an important role with regard to the transfer field of "R&D as well as academic services" of the Faculty of Economics and Management Science.

The Competence Centre for Public Economy, Infrastructure and Services of General Interest is an interdisciplinary association in the form of a non-profit organisation that currently numbers 16 chairs and institutes that deal with issues of infrastructure research in a scientific and practically orientated manner. The Centre's chairs and institutes cover the disciplines of economics, jurisprudence, infrastructure development, political science, health economics, education and administrative sciences. The Centre is based in Leipzig and is closely networked with regional stakeholders. Thematically, however, the Centre also works throughout Germany and on European issues. The major topics addressed are the energy industry, mobility, housing, water supply and wastewater disposal, public finances, administration, topics of cooperation between various stakeholders (inter-municipal and public-private partnership), smart infrastructures, services of general interest, competition and the health industry.


The Institut für Angewandte Informatik e. V. (InfAI) was founded in 2006 for the purpose of promoting science and research in the fields of computer science and information systems. Since 2008, the Institute has been a recognised affiliated institute of Leipzig University, in which several professors from the Faculty of Economics and Management Science are involved. Since then, it has developed into one of the largest research institutes at Leipzig University and one of the institutes with the most third-party funding. The focus of the work here is upon the areas of big data, logistics, energy management and service research.


The faculty emphasises the following in its knowledge transfer:

  1. Further education is provided through an attractive range of Master's degree programmes. The entry requirement here is usually at least one year of practical vocational experience after the first examination qualifying for employment. Postgraduate Master's programmes
  2. Service Learning is ensured by offering a key qualification module "Climate Crisis and Possible Solutions" university-wide for all students who are interested in the subject area of global climate change in the context of the climate debate.
  3. Professional and managerial training is provided through the International SEPT (Small Enterprise Promotion and Training) programme, which develops management skills in students from other faculties. These include, for example, the Export Manager Training, which is aimed in particular at students of regional studies, or the International Online Marketing Challenge in cooperation with the Internationalisation Offensive of the Free State of Saxony, which invites students of all faculties and in particular foreign students to develop online-based marketing strategies for markets worldwide in collaboration with companies. Through SEPT's commitment, the Faculty is also a partner of the Leipzig Skilled Workers Alliance. SEPT Program
  4. The faculty places particular emphasis on the integration of honorary chairs in research and teaching. These high-ranking representatives from the fields of politics and business regularly contribute their expertise towards the teaching but also to the faculty's research. Professorship
  5. One might not expect to come across museums and collections in a faculty of economics and management science. However, the Faculty and the Institute for Art Education of the sister Faculty of History, Art and Regional Studies have regularly held the SCHICHT exhibition in the Institute building of the Faculty of Economics and Management Science since 2009. Every year, this art exhibition enables the Bachelor students in the Art Education programme to make their final artistic works accessible to a wide audience  (To the Exhibition). Furthermore, the Information Systems department in particular demonstrates outstanding levels of commitment. Special mention should be made of the "Logistics Living Lab - The Logistics Laboratory of Leipzig University” that is located in the Mädler Passage and is funded by the BMBF The Logistics Living Lab is an open space for innovation, demonstration and collaboration to meet the logistics challenges of tomorrow with innovative information systems and technologies. A systematic research process brings together logistics players from the fields of industry, science and administration to make the logistics of tomorrow more efficient, greener and safer  (Logistics Living Lab).Moreover, the collection of historical computers and associated software should be mentioned, which is presented to the public on suitable occasions (e.g. the Campus Days or the "Long Night of the Sciences" event).

The Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences advises companies as well as political decision-makers. The focus here is upon:

  1. Scientific advice and coaching within the framework of collaborative projects or contracted research by companies, foundations, associations and/or state actors (EU, federal government, state government and local authorities).
  2. Preparation of expert reports and consulting activities for instance as publicly appointed and sworn experts or within the scope of a freelance engagement.
  3. Participation in national and international committees, e.g. in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), in the IEA Bioenergy Task 40 (Bioenergy Trade), in the Bioeconomy Council of the German Federal Government, in the Board of the German Economic Society, in the independent advisory board of the Stability Council as well as in other advisory boards, boards of trustees and supervisory boards.
  4. Contributing expertise during public hearings in the Bundestag or Bundestag committees, in Land parliaments or their committees.
  5. Affiliated institutes and associations, including the Institut für Angewandte Informatik e.V. (InfAI), which plays a significant role in the application of research results, especially from the field of information systems (InfAI). The merger of several chairs whose research objects belong to the area of Services of General Interest has also been active for more than ten years. The founded association has been operating under the name “Kompetenzzentrum für Öffentliche Wirtschaft, Infrastruktur und Daseinsvorsorge e.V. (KOWID)” since 2019 and has been able to establish itself nationally and at EU level in the fields of consulting and assessment.  KOWID

Please contact the respective institutes, chairs or associations directly to make use of our scientific expertise. The Dean's office will also be happy to help you find contacts.

The Faculty of Economics and Management Science makes its expertise available to the general public via media reports or various event formats.

Thus, results of our research regularly become visible nationally and internationally through articles and interviews in national newspapers (e.g. Börsenzeitung, FAZ, FAS, Neue Züricher Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Welt am Sonntag, New York Times) and magazines (e.g. Focus, Focus Money, Spiegel, Weltwoche, Wirtschaftswoche) as well as radio and television interviews (e.g. BBC, MDR, Deutsche Welle, Deutschlandfunk, RTL, Tagesschau, VoxEU, ZDF, Bloomberg).

However, the faculty's regular lecture programme is also supplemented by several lecture series. These are aimed at students from the university, but are also open to external interested parties. Examples include in particular

  • the lecture series  Leipziger Seminar für Ökonomie und Praxis  (Leipzig seminar for Economics and Practice) and
  • the Leipzig Economic policy Talks ,

to which outstanding representatives from the fields of politics and business are regularly invited to Leipzig and which meet with a great response both inside and outside the university.

Furthermore, the

  • „Economics Research Seminar" provides a platform for external speakers to present their current research work and to be available for questions and discussions from both faculty members and external researchers. ECONOMICS RESEARCH SEMINAR
  • As part of the "HOT SPOTS::DER STADTENTWICKLUNG” event, a public panel will be organised for all those interested in the field of urban development. Here, public debate meets expert discourse on (in some cases explosive) urban development tasks.  HOT SPOTS :: DER STADTENTWICKLUNG
  • IIn the field of energy economics, the lecture series "Kraftakt Energiewende” (Energy revolution as a feat of strength), in which renowned representatives from the fields of science, business and politics regularly give lectures, has also met with a great response outside the university. 
  • The Leipzig Founders' Night, which SMILE organises annually in cooperation with the Sparkasse, the Leipzig City Council and the rural administrative districts, is university’s largest transfer events. 
    Leipzig Founder's Night
  • As part of the International Start-up Campus, an annual Born Global Start-up Festival will be established from 2021 onwards, which will take place alternately in Halle, Jena and Leipzig. This should facilitate an increase in the visibility of start-up promotions.  International Start-up Campus

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