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About the Institute


The IOS is one of the largest non-university research institutions of its kind in Germany. Through its work, the Institute contributes to a better understanding of the society and history of Eastern and Southeast Europe.

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IOS Research

At the IOS, researchers from various disciplines conduct research on the history of as well as the economic and political developments in Eastern and Southeast Europe.

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IOS Publications

With its publishing activities, the IOS supports research into Eastern and Southeast Europe and informs a wider public.

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The Institute’s Library

The library of the IOS is one of the largest of its kind, collecting and providing access to literature on Eastern Europe. In addition, it maintains a wide range of electronic resources to support research.

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Knowledge Transfer

How the IOS imparts knowledge

Through events, teaching, or by supporting journalists in their research, the IOS conveys knowledge on Eastern and Southeast Europe not only to experts but also to the general public.

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Focus on Area Studies

Leibniz ScienceCampus "Europe and America"

The Leibniz ScienceCampus Regensburg is a joint institution of the IOS and the University of Regensburg. The Campus provides a platform for interdisciplinary exchange in area studies.

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Understanding Eastern and Southeast Europe—creating, preserving, and communicating knowledge. This is the goal of the Regensburg-based Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS). The IOS is one of the largest non-university research institutions of its kind in Germany. Our staff include historians, economists, and political scientists with a particular interest in the former Soviet Union and Southeast Europe. In addition, the IOS provides important infrastructure services for research.

New Blog

ostBLOG Special "Russia's war against Ukraine

In the wake of the attack on Ukraine, IOS has launched a new blog. Here, scholars elaborate on terms related to the events in Ukraine and thus explain the less well-known reasons behind and consequences of the conflict in short contributions—analyses, essays, commentaries, interviews, and more. The authors include researchers from the IOS and the Institute’s international network.



The IOS in the Media

Kriegsverbrechen: Forschen in sicherer Umgebung

Bericht über eine Projektgruppe am IOS, mit Statements von Cindy Wittke und Oksana Senatorova.



"Hinweise auf Völkermord verdichten sich"

Interview mit Ulf Brunnbauer über eine Arbeitsgruppe am IOS zur Dokumentation von Kriegsverbrechen in der Ukraine.


Zurück auf den Balkan: Warum ziehen Secondos und Secondas aus der Schweiz weg?

Der Schweizer Sender über junge Menschen, die von der Schweiz auf den Westbalkan auswandern, mit Erläuterungen von Ulf Brunnbauer.


News and Events

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Are you interested in Eastern Europe? Our Newsletter sheds light on the background to and provides information about our research on the region. Subscribing to our Newsletter means you will also receive convenient email updates about upcoming events.


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