Declaration on Accessibility

The Leibniz Institute of Virology (LIV) is committed to providing accessibility to its website in accordance with the national legislation implementing Directive (EU) 2016/2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council. For this reason, the LIV designs its web presence to be largely accessible under the given conditions and uses all possibilities offered by the content management program used (in this case: Typo3).

The tasks of the LIV as Leibniz Institute of Virology are highly scientific. Accordingly, the language of the LIV is a scientific language. The target audience of the LIV website comprises members of the scientific and research community. Accordingly, the contents of the LIV website are mainly aimed at a very specific professional audience. These contents (scientific texts and graphics, etc.) can in principle not completely fulfill the requirements of accessibility. Therefore, the LIV asks everyone who encounters such barriers for understanding.

This declaration on accessibility applies to the website of the Leibniz Institute of Virology (LIV).

As a public body within the meaning of Directive (EU) 2016/2102, we make every effort to make our website barrier-free accessible in accordance with the provisions of the Hamburg Equal Opportunities for Disabled Persons Act (hereinafter referred to as HmbBGG) and the Hamburg Barrier-free Information Technology Ordinance (hereinafter referred to as HmbBITVO) implementing Directive (EU) 2016/2102.

Status of conformity with the requirements 

The requirements of accessibility result from paragraph 1 HmbBITVO in connection with paragraph 3 (1) to (4) and paragraph 4 of the Federal BITV, which was issued on the basis of paragraph 11 HmbBGG.

The review of compliance with the requirements is based on a self-assessment carried out on 13.03.2024 (with the support of F7 Media GmbH).

As a result of the review, the website is partially or totally incompatible with the aforementioned requirements due to the following incompatibilities.

Non-accessible contents

The contents listed below are not accessible to all users for the following reasons.

In particular, the following success criteria are currently not met according to the BITV 2.0 standard:

  • Contrasts of graphics and graphic control elements are not partially sufficient
  • Areas cannot be skipped
  • No audio description or full text alternative for videos

The website was redesigned between spring 2023 and spring 2024 to achieve accessibility. We continue to work continuously on its accessibility.

Creation of this declaration on accessibility

This declaration was issued on 21.09.2020 and last updated on 13.03.2024.
This previous declaration was created by means of a self-assessment with the support of F7 Media GmbH.

Feedback and contact details

You would like to inform us about existing accessibility barriers or ask for information about the implementation of accessibility? For your feedback and all further information please contact our responsible contact persons:

Leibniz Institute of Virology (LIV)
Building N63
Martinistraße 52
20251 Hamburg

Phone +49 40 48051-0
Mail: liv(at)

Julia Häberlein
Leibniz Institute of Virology (LIV)
Building N63
Martinistraße 52
20251 Hamburg

Phone: +49 40 48051-108
Mail: presse(at)

Conciliation procedures

If no satisfactory solution has been found even after your feedback to the above-mentioned contact, you can turn to the conciliation office according to paragraph 13 a HmbBGG. The arbitration board has the task of supporting an extrajudicial settlement of disputes between people with disabilities and public authorities in the case of conflicts concerning accessibility. The conciliation procedure is free of charge. It is not necessary to call in legal counsel.

At present, the ombudsman's office of the Senate Chancellery is taking over the activities of the conciliation office, which is still to be set up.

You can reach the ombudsman's office at: ombudsstelle.barrierefreieit(at)

Telephone consultation hours:

Phone (040) 428 23 2057
Monday 10.00am – 11.00am


Julia Häberlein

Public Relations

Phone: +49 (0)40 48051-108

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