YEAR 2020

NEPS data used by over 2,500 researchers worldwide


The number of scientists registered for using data from the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) has exceeded the threshold of 2,500 users in July 2020. Over the past year and a half, on average almost 25 data users per month have been added.

LIfBi welcomes new apprentice


The Bamberg-based Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) is dedicated to educational research. But the institute, founded in 2014, is also part of the educational trajectory of young people in practice by offering three dual vocational training programs to young people. As of September 1, the institute welcomed Eva Sperber as a new office management apprentice.

LIfBi head of human resources and training Ilona Kellermann, new trainee Eva Sperber and her trainer Verena Distler (from left).

Ad hoc statement of the Leopoldina with participation of Cordula Artelt


Recommendations for a crisis-resistant education system: During the Covid-19 pandemic, day-care centers and schools were only able to fulfil their educational mission to a very limited extent. In their current statement, the members of a working group of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina have given recommendations on how to make the education system more flexible so that the right to education can be fulfilled even under the conditions of the current pandemic. One of the authors is Professor Cordula Artelt, Director of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi).

Registration for 5th NEPS Conference with option for virtual participation now available


Due to the still uncertain situation regarding the corona pandemic, it will be possible to participate virtually in the 5th International NEPS Conference hosted by the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi, Bamberg) on 7 and 8 December 2020. You can now register online for participation in the event.

LIfBi sets up innovation circle: Sustainability as first priority


On Thursday, July 23, 2020, the Innovation Circle of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) started its work. This internal working group composed of LIfBi staff is to develop innovative ideas for improving work processes. The Innovation Circle will initially deal with the topic of sustainability; however in the future, it will also work on other topics. The proposals drawn up by the Innovation Circle serve as a basis for decision-making, which may lead, for example, to the formulation of guidelines for the Institute.

The National Educational Panel Study opens up for the first time to external survey content


The National Educational Panel Study invites all interested researchers to submit proposals for new survey modules in all NEPS starting cohorts. With the first "Call for Modules", the NEPS now opens its survey program to external content. The deadline for sending in a short outline is 30 September 2020.

LIfBi positively evaluated: Senate of Leibniz Association recommends continued funding


On July 15, 2020, the Senate of the Leibniz Association issued its statement on the first evaluation of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) in Bamberg. In this statement, the Senate confirms the supra-regional importance of LIfBi and endorses the positive report by the independent evaluation group. The statement also serves as a recommendation to the Joint Science Conference (Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz, GWK) on the continuation of joint Federal and State funding.

LIfBi Lectures: pairfam panel focuses on family relationships


For 15 years, the pairfam study has been offering a unique potential to analyze how relationships of couples and generations develop in different stages of their lives. Prof. Dr. Sabine Walper—Vice Director of the German Youth Institute, co-initiator, and co-PI (Principal Investigator) of pairfam—introduced the design and the various possibilities of the panel during her LIfBi Lecture. In her presentation, she also gave an account of the recent additional survey in response to the corona pandemic, which—like the additional survey in the National Education Panel Study (NEPS)—assesses the burden on families and changes in the family climate.

New panel study on teaching staff in further education: BMBF supports long-term cooperation project between DIE and LIfBi


The third quarter of 2020 will see the start of the study “Teachers in Adult Education–A Panel Study“ (TAEPS), which is jointly led by the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) and the German Institute for Adult Education–Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE). Over a period of six years, information on professionalization and on promoting the development of competencies of teachers in adult and further education will be gathered using standardized surveys and randomized field experiments. The project receives funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF).

A tree with many branches: How the TREE study is growing


The Swiss TREE study “Transitions from Education to Employment”—one of the models of the National Education Panel Study (NEPS)—has been in existence for almost 20 years now. As part of LIfBi Lectures, the two project heads Prof. Dr. Ben Jann and Dr. Thomas Meyer from the Institute of Sociology at the University of Bern reported on panel progress and some results.

From Bamberg to Tübingen: Robert Polgar leaving LIfBi


The Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) announces a personnel change in management. Dr. Robert Polgar is leaving his position as Executive Director of Administration and member of the Board of Directors after six years.

Robert Polgar with a keepsake of his time in the "Wilhelmspost".

Jointly setting up a research-friendly data infrastructure: KonsortSWD funded


The Joint Science Conference of the Federal Government and the Länder (Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz, GWK) has today decided to provide funding for the Consortium for the Social, Behavioural, Educational, and Economic Sciences (KonsortSWD), one of nine founding consortiums of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI).

NEPS data in 8th National Report on Education reveal: Education still depends on social background


In cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education (DIPF), the German Youth Institute (DJI), the Centre for Higher Education and Science Studies (DZHW), the Sociological Research Institute at the University of Göttingen (SOFI), the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE) and the statistical agencies of the Federal Government and the States (Destatis, StaLä), the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) has completed the 8th National Report on Education in Germany “Bildung in Deutschland 2020“, which was presented on June 23, 2020. A particular concern in the education report is the presentation of trajectories, risk factors, and conditions for success in education, thus providing insights into educational outcomes and returns. The current report increasingly uses longitudinal data from the National Education Panel Study (NEPS), which is based at LIfBi and has been conducted by a nationwide network for around ten years. The following seven results are examples of NEPS findings in the current Education Report.

Nominated for the German Study Award: Venturing more gender equality in employment life


Ann-Christin Bächmann, LIfBi employee, has been nominated for this year’s Körber Foundation Study Award. In her dissertation entitled “Berufliche Geschlechtersegregation und Geschlechterungleichheiten auf dem deutschen Arbeitsmarkt [Occupational Gender Segregation and Gender Inequality in the German Labor Market]” at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, she examines the unequal distribution of occupational patterns among women and men in Germany and their effects. Her objective: to identify starting points for creating more gender equality in the business world.

Bamberg educational researcher appointed to DFG’s new Commission for Pandemic Research


Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt, Director of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) and Chair of Longitudinal Educational Research at the University of Bamberg, represents the field of educational research in the new Commission for Pandemic Research of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The aim of the commission, whose inaugural meeting took place on June 15, is to support and connect evidence-driven research in all subjects relevant to the pandemic and to accompany research projects.

A healthy level of disturbance creates more knowledge


On Wikipedia and other knowledge-generating communities, even non-experts can provide information that is not inferior in quality to classic encyclopedias. But what individual and systemic prerequisites are required for this collaborative work? And under what circumstances can knowledge platforms become echo chambers of ideological or even extremist positions? In her guest lecture at LIfBi Lectures, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Cress gave exciting insights into the current research of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) in Tübingen. 

Ulrike Cress: Collaborative knowledge construction: How is knowledge created in the digital age?

Largest representative survey on the impact of coronavirus on educational biographies launched


As part of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS)—the largest long-term study on education in Germany—all participants are currently being surveyed concerning the corona pandemic. In the current and all upcoming surveys, the effects of the corona pandemic on everyday school, work, and family life will be examined. As a result, we will be able to research not only retrospective differences in dealing with the crisis but also long-term consequences for educational biographies in Germany.

"Together setting up Bamberg as a research location for the future"


Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt, Director of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi), congratulates Prof. Dr. Kai Fischbach on his election as new President of the University of Bamberg.

5th International NEPS Conference to be held in Bamberg on 7-8 December 2020


In the hope of a normalization of the situation in the wake of the Corona crisis and a re-start of academic discourse in personal exchange, the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) plans to continue its series of international conferences with the 5th NEPS Conference in Bamberg on 7 and 8 December 2020. From now on, contributions can be submitted for paper and poster presentations on all topics of empirical educational research. Please find further information and the "Call for Papers" on the conference website.

Education research in times of the coronavirus crisis: LIfBi plans additional survey in all NEPS cohorts


What impact does the coronavirus crisis have on educational trajectories? How do daily routines of school and work life function, and what changes does COVID-19 bring to everyday life? A short survey on these current developments is currently being prepared among participants of the National Education Panel Study (NEPS) in all six starting cohorts. An online survey will start in May.

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