IBZ Munich





The IBZ (Internationales Begegnungszentrum der Wissenschaft) München e.V. was founded in 1986 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of science and was established with the goal of facilitating the interdisciplinary exchange of international scienctists and the local counterparts in Munich. To this end, the IBZ organizes lecture series and seminars to which international guest scientists and their colleagues in Munich are invited. Conferencing facilities, centrally located in Munich, include a seminar room seating up to 100 guest and a Club Room, which can be uses by members for meetings, seminars and symposia and also for informal meetings in the Club Room.

The IBZ also organizes scientific lecture series, concerts, readings, art exhibitions and fitness offerings for members and house guests.



Members of the association can be either individuals or associations, foundations, or companies, which are occupied with research and scholarship and wish to support the advancement of science and the humanities, in particular through the open exchange of ideas.

Membership Fees: for individuals 105 Euros, for companies and organisations with up to 10 staff members 260 Euros. For groups with more than 10 staff members the amount is 515 Euros per year.

In order to become a regular member of the IBZ an application for membership must be directed to the Board of Directors. Guest scholars living at the IBZ are automatically members for the duration of their stay and, upon request, receive an official membership card.

Termination is possible only at the end of the business year. A notification of termination must be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors at least three months before the end of the business year.

Membership application for individuals            Membership application for associations & institutions


IBZ members can use the seminar room for scientific and scholary meetings without charge three times per year (2 evenings maximum). The seminar room may not be used for regularly scheduled courses.

The seminar room provides chairs for a maximum of 100 persons and are equipped with:

  • Speaker’s podium with microphone
  • Portable microphone
  • Conference/Video converence equipment
  • Flip chart
  • Magnetic chart

Internet access is provided through Eduroam. Eduroam is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. A LAN cable is available , but direct IBZ WLAN is not (the open network Bayern-WLAN is accessible).

Several seating arrangements are available:

  • Cinema line seating arrangement up to 90 guests max
  • U-Form up to 25 guests max
  • Center block up to 10 guests max

In addition to the seminar room, it is also possible to book the  CLUBRAUM for your event.

Reservation requests can be sent via E-Mail or by telephone to the Club Office up to one year in advance.

The following fees may be charged for the use of the IBZ meeting facilities and equipment:

  • Cost of using the facilities for each event beyond the membership contingency: 160€
  • Use of the Club Room in addition to the seminar room: 60€ pro Tag
  • Cleaning fee for each booked day during the week: 40€ pro Tag
  • Weekend cleaning fee: 125€ per weekend
  • Use of conference/video conference equipment: 30€ per day


The Munich theoretical physicist and co-inventor of Qunatum Theory, who held the chair of theoretical physics at the University of Munich from 1906 until his death 1951, gives his name to the International Center for Science and the Humanities in Munich.

Sommerfeld was famous for his teaching ability and his outstanding research. Young scientists from all over the world flocked to his institute to develop – through dialogue – a new world of physics. His students an co-workers included a long list of Nobel Prize winners: Peter Debye, Max von Laue, Wolfgang Pauli, Werner Heisenberg, Isidor I Rabi, Linus Pauling and Hans Bethe.

It was the Sommerfeld tradition to sit comfortably at the Cafe am Hofgarten, not too far from today`s IBZ bearing his name, and explore scientific questions with a group of research associates or one on one with a scientific friend.

This unconventional way of holding discussions comes to life again at the IBZ – the Arnold Sommerfeld House.

More about Arnold Sommerfeld can be found here.