Maria Sibylla Merian Centres

Whether in India, Mexico, Brazil, Ghana or Tunisia, the "Maria Sibylla Merian Centres for Advanced Studies" facilitate research in the humanities and social sciences in long-term, transnational working contexts.

Weltkarte mit den 4 Standorten der Merian Centres; © BMBF / Friedrich Pleul

Merian Centres in India,Mexico, Brazil, Ghana

BMBF / Friedrich Pleul

Via the centres named after the naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1714), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) promotes the internationalisation of the humanities and social sciences. With a duration of up to twelve years, they lay the foundation for close cooperation in and with the respective regions and the promotion of young academics. In the international research centres, which are established in regions and partner countries which are important in terms of academic study and academic policy in Asia, Latin America and Africa, academics from Germany, the host country and, in some cases, other countries in the region, investigate a topic of their own choosing, such as sustainable governance or social inequality. For details see the overview of Merian Centres at (German-language).

International research centres

Further international research centres are located in India, Brazil, Ghana and Tunisia. The international research centres open up new, intercultural perspectives and help to better understand social developments and to develop approaches for the solution of social challenges.


The five currently operating Merian Centres

M.S. Merian-R. Tagore Centre, Delhi, India
M.S. Merian-R. Tagore International Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Metamorphoses of the Political

Merian Centre, Guadalajara, Mexico
Merian Sibylla Merian Centre for Advanced Latin American Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (CALAS): Coping with Crises: Transdisciplinary Perspectives from Latin America
Read more about CALAS (PDF, accessible)
CALAS on Youtube, publications series „Afrontar las crisis // Krisen bewältigen and podcast series "Latin American accents"

Merian Centre, São Paulo, Brazil
Maria Sibylla Merian Centre Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America  (Mecila)

Merian Centre, Accra, Ghana
Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences Africa (MIASA): Sustainable Governance. Environment, Democracy and Conflict Management

Merian Centre, Tunis, Tunesien
Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM): Imagining Futures – Dealing with Disparity