Member of Leibniz Association

The Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) was founded in 1970 by the government of the state of Hesse as a foundation under public law. Its constitution guarantees PRIF full academic freedom. PRIF independently determines its research agenda. With more than 80 members of staff PRIF is the largest peace research institute in Germany. Since 1 January 2009, PRIF has been a member of the Leibniz Association.

PRIF´s work is directed towards identifying the causes of violent international and internal conflicts, carrying out research into the conditions necessary for peace, understood as a process of decreasing violence and increasing justice, and spreading the concepts of peace. Within the framework of its political consulting, research results are converted into practically orientated options for action that find their way into the public debate.


Together with Technische Universität Darmstadt, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, the Institute for Social Research Frankfurt, the Frobenius Institute and the Point Sud Center for Research and Local Knowledge, PRIF is a member of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” of Goethe University Frankfurt. PRIF’s participation includes four “Principal Investigators”.


Moreover, PRIF participates in two research networks of the Leibniz Association "Historical Authenticity" and "Crises in a Globalized World" that is being coordinated by PRIF.


Securing Good Scientific Practice

Research at PRIF is conducted according the Rules of Good Scientific Practice issued by the Leibniz Association, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) and the German Political Science Association (DVPW). Dr Thorsten Gromes acts as PRIF's ombudsperson.


Gender Equality, Total E-Quality-Certificate, Dual Career Network

One of the central issues of PRIF is to provide equal opportunities for women and men at every level of their scientific career as well as in the non-scientific field. Furthermore, to decrease under-representation of certain status groups and to improve conditions for work-life-balance.

As a member of the Leibniz Association, PRIF follows the general recommendations concerning gender equality as well as the research-orientated gender equality standards by the German Research Foundation.

In 2010 and 2013, PRIF was awarded with the Total E-Quality Certificate successfully committing to equal opportunities. Since July 2011, PRIF has been a member of the "Dual Career Network Metropolitan Area Rhine-Main". Its central aim is the advancement and the support of dual career couples.


Employee Representation

Staff Council:

Dr Hans-Joachim Schmidt (Chair)

Karin Hammer

Svetlana Valkanova


Equal Opportunities Commissioners:

Dr Annika Elena Poppe

Dr Sabine Mannitz (Deputy Equal Opportunities Commissioner)



Organisational Chart (pdf-file; available only in German)


Image Brochure (pdf-file; available in German and English)


The Institute's Flyer (pdf-file)

Annual Report 2009 (pdf-file; available only in German)


Annual Report 2010 (pdf-file; available only in German)


Annual Report 2011 (pdf-file; available only in German)


Annual Report 2012 (pdf-file; available only in German)


Annual Report 2013 (pdf-file; available only in German)


Annual Report 2014 (pdf-file; available only in German)