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The Merian Centres – Maria Sibylla Merian Centres for Advanced Studies – are an initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with the aim of linking German research institutions with host institutions located in different places around the world.

Focused on the development of advanced studies in the humanities and social sciences, the Merian Centres constitute long-term cooperation relations between the participating institutions. Its interdisciplinary and intercultural constitution forms the basis for a work oriented to reflection and development of solutions to current social problems.

In addition to Mecila, three other Merian Centres are already established, with headquarters in Guadalajara (Mexico), Accra (Ghana), New Delhi (India) and Tunis (Tunisia). Each centre has its own name, identity and research themes.

Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) was a German naturalist with extensive production of illustrations about living beings and their transformations, especially plants and insects. It is in her honor that the Merian Centers are named. [Maria Sibylla Merian, "Red lilles", en Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, plate XXII.]

Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences 
Guadalajara | Mexico

 Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa  – ‘Sustainable Governance’ 
Accra | Ghana

M. S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences 
New Delhi | India

Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb
Tunis | Tunisia