The Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research (LIR) is a non-university research institute in the Leibniz Association whose mission is to research resilience - the ability to maintain or restore mental health during or following stressful life events. The main objectives of the LIR are to understand resilience mechanisms from a neuroscientific point of view, to develop appropriate interventions to promote resilience and to work towards changing living and working environments in order to strengthen resilience. The LIR is dedicated to matters that are of a very high social relevance and international importance; it closes a significant gap in the German research landscape and is also the first center of its kind in Europe.
In June of 2014, the German Resilience Center (Deutsches Resilienz Zentrum - DRZ) is founded as a central scientific institution of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU).
In mid-2016, the DRZ is established as an independent medical operating unit of the University Medical Center Mainz.
In January of 2018, the non-profit organization Deutsches Resilienz Zentrum gGmbH (DRZ) is established as a legally independent, non-university institution, separate from the University Medical Center Mainz and JGU.
The DRZ is accepted into the Leibniz Association.
As of January 1, 2020, the DRZ has been operating as the “Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research (LIR).”