YEAR 2021

20 Years FDZ: How an Initial Spark Became a Successful Model


The first Research Data Center (FDZ) in Germany was founded 20 years ago. On the occasion of this anniversary, the KonsortSWD team at LIfBi organized a scientific conference, which took place in a hybrid format simultaneously in the Spiegelsaal in Bamberg and online. Experts from the scientific community took a look at the development of the research data infrastructure over the past 20 years and discussed current trends and potential for development. A central theme of the event was calls on policymakers to create the legal framework to improve the work of research data centers and facilitate linkages between existing and new data sets.

Kamila Cygan-Rehm Directs New Junior Research Group at LIfBi


On 1 October, a new junior research group on the topic of "Outcomes of Education Across the Lifespan" will start at the Bamberg Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi). It will be led by Dr. Kamila Cygan-Rehm, who earned her doctorate in economics. The junior research group is investigating the influence of education and lifelong learning on different aspects of life.

LIfBi Post-Doc Gundula Zoch Appointed Junior Professor


On 1 September 2021, Dr Gundula Zoch started her junior professorship in the sociology of social inequalities at the Institute of Social Sciences at Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. Previously, she was a research associate at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) in Bamberg. Gundula Zoch will continue to be associated with LIfBi as a Research Fellow in order to implement ongoing and upcoming research projects.

LIfBi Hosts "20 years FDZ" Anniversary Event


20 years ago, the first Research Data Centre (FDZ) was founded in Germany. To mark this anniversary, the KonsortSWD team at LIfBi is organising a scientific conference. Since only a small number of invited guests can be present in the Spiegelsaal in Bamberg, the event will take place in a hybrid form on 30 September and can also be viewed online in a livestream.

Register now: Annual Fora on Education Policy 2021 on 28.10.2021


This year, the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) is again responsible for the content of the Annual Fora on Education Policy of the Leibniz Education Research Network (LERN) as co-organizer. This year's forum, titled "Innovation and Prosperity through STEM," will be held as a virtual event on Thursday, October 28, 2021. Registration for the event is now open.

LIfBi Director Cordula Artelt Elected Deputy Speaker of Section A of the Leibniz Association


At their last meeting on September 10th, the members of Section A "Humanities and Educational Research" of the Leibniz Association elected Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt as their new deputy spokesperson. The new spokesperson of Section A is Prof. Dr. Henning Lobin of the Leibniz Institute for the German Language, who was previously deputy spokesperson and now follows Prof. Dr. Sunhild Kleingärtner of the German Maritime Museum/Leibniz Institute of Maritime History.

Guest at LIfBi: Prof. Dr. Markus Neuenschwander


From September 6 to 10, 2021, the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories welcomed Prof. Dr. habil. Markus P. Neuenschwander for a guest stay. The Swiss education researcher gave an insight into current research results in Bamberg and was available for an intensive exchange on research topics and research theoretical issues.

Training year starts at LIfBi


For a new apprentice specialist for market and social research, her three-year training period at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) begins these following days. The institute that is based in Bamberg is not only dedicated to educational research but offers dual vocational training to young people from the region as well. At the start of this training year, the institute now welcomed Janine Mech. The Bamberg native is already the tenth trainee at LIfBi.

Children with special needs have experienced less favorable learning conditions during lockdown


Inclusively taught students with special education needs have experienced less favorable learning conditions during the spring 2020 school closures than their peers without such needs. At the same time, however, children perceived the school closure period very differently, regardless of their special education needs. This is according to an analysis of a survey of nearly 2,000 children in grades 7 and 8. The survey was conducted as part of the school-based inclusion study INSIDE, which is based at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Progress (LIfBi) and elsewhere.

Of single parents and educational success: Publication with NEPS data gains award


Children of single fathers have the lowest educational success – this (in brief) is one of the results that Wolfgang Ludwig-Mayerhofer, Nico Stawarz and Alexandra Wicht (University of Siegen) have elaborated in an award-winning publication. The work focusses on the educational resources that adolescents growing up in different family constellations may have at their disposal. It is based on the extensive data sets of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) and has now been awarded the 2nd Prize of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for Social Science Essays of the Year 2020.

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