The Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) is an independent, non-partisan non-profit institute in Potsdam with the mission of building bridges between theory and practice to improve research in civil security through a multi- and interdisciplinary approach. Research at the institute seeks to analyze security issues from an interdisciplinary perspective and to supply needed insights into these issues, while at the same time strengthening Germany's broader security architecture over the long term.
By bringing together domestic and international multipliers from politics, the business sector, public administration, the media and academia, BIGS develops innovative strategies and solutions for contemporary civil security challenges and respective research questions. These multidisciplinary efforts are reflected in the research projects, the institute's s teaching activities for students and young scholars in cooperation with the University of Potsdam or other universities and in its knowledge tranfers through publications, conferences, workshops and in particular the BIGS' PizzaSeminars.
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