The Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History (Leibniz-Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung – ZZF) is a research institute for German and European contemporary history in the 20th century and its impact on the present. As a member of the Leibniz Association, its basic endowment is funded half by the federal government and half by the states. Additional funding is obtained by the institute and its research projects.
The ZZF collaborates with numerous universities and other research institutes in Germany and abroad, and has an international visiting-scholar program. It is linked to the University of Potsdam and Humboldt University in Berlin by joint professorships, and cooperates with a range of other institutes of higher learning in research, teaching and training a new generation of scholars.
The institute has four research departments:
- Communism and Society
- Economic Life
- Contemporary History of Media and Information Societies
- Regimes of the Social Sphere
Alongside basic research, the central tasks of the ZZF are providing research infrastructure and promoting knowledge transfer.