The IBZ is dedicated to the advancement of science and the humanities. It does this by creating a meeting place where scholars from all over the world go beyond narrow specialization to engage in fruitful and stimulating discussions across many disciplines together with members from Munich business, industry, politics and the arts.
With this goal in mind, which includes providing affordable apartments for foreign academic guests, a non-profit society was formed. The initiative originated among the large Munich research institutions: Ludwig Maximilian University and the Technical University together with their respective Society of Friends, also the Max Planck Society, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Since the IBZ opened its doors in 1990 more than 200 members representing a broad spectrum of scholarly disciplines have joined together to help realize the IBZ idea.
Guest scholars from abroad find modern, centrally-located living in the Arnold-Sommerfeld House on the Amalienstrasse. There 43 IBZ apartments in various sizes are available for a rental fee to just cover expenses. Both the well- equipped Seminar Room and the attractive Club Room are open to all members.