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Overview of ongoing and completed projects at LIfBi


All publications incl. the LIfBi series "NEPS Survey Paper", "LIfBi Working Paper" and Transfer Reports

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About us

History and Purpose of LIfBi - from the Origin of the National Educational Panel to the Present Day


Overview of all employees of the institute with filter and search function

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News on research, events and developments at LIfBi incl. news archive


Conferences, events and trainings of LIfBi as well as all dates of the institute's own lecture series LIfBi Lectures


Information services, press portal and distribution list, and downloads for media professionals


All LIfBi annual reports, subscription to the newsletter as well as all transfer reports and publication series.

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Research Data Center

Information about the FDZ-LIfBi incl. contact form and registration for the newsletter "LIfBi data"

Data and Documentation

To the data of NEPS, ReGES and further studies incl. documentation and variable search

Data Access

Request for access to scientific use files incl. overview of all data use projects


Information on FDZ events, tutorials and help for handling the data incl. online forum

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LIfBi as an Employer

Flexible working and part-time models, equal opportunities and good work-life balance

Further Education, Doctorate, Networks

Offers for all qualification levels and best networking opportunities

Workplace Bamberg

Living and working in the heart of the world heritage city - central location of empirical educational research

Job Offers

All open positions in the areas of research, infrastructure and administration at a glance

The Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) in Bamberg studies educational processes from birth to old age. In order to promote longitudinal research in educational science in Germany, LIfBi provides fundamental, supraregional and internationally significant, research-based infrastructures for empirical educational research. The core of the institute is the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), which is based at LIfBi and combines the expertise of a Germany-wide, interdisciplinary network of excellence.

NEPS | National Educational Panel Study

The National Educational Panel Study is the largest long-term educational study in Germany. By continuously interviewing and testing more than 70,000 people, an internationally significant treasure trove of data is being created and is growing, which can be used to research educational processes from birth to high adulthood. 

The NEPS combines the expertise of more than 200 scientists at more than 13 locations throughout Germany and is based at LIfBi in Bamberg.


Large Scale Projects


Data and service portal

Our data and service portal contains the complete range of LIfBi research data and related services. It provides information on the requirements for accessing the data and supports the search for variables and documentation materials. The portal refers to numerous aids for dealing with the available scientific use files.

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LIfBi Lectures

The LIfBi Lectures series forms an open scientific dialogue platform across disciplinary boundaries and institute departments. The lecture series gives young scientists in particular the opportunity to network and engage in interdisciplinary dialogue in various formats surrounding the lectures.

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In order to communicate our research results and transfer our scientific expertise, LIfBi prepares the most important topics and activities, for example in the annual report, LIfBi news and the newsletter LIfBi info. Our transfer reports present research results in a widely understandable way.

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LIfBi researchers publish numerous scientific papers. The Leibniz Institute also publishes two of its own publication series, LIfBi Working Paper and NEPS Survey Paper, as well as transfer reports on highly relevant social topics.

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Around 300 people currently work at LIfBi in the areas of research, infrastructure and administration. Our scientific staff is international and interdisciplinary - just like our research. Diversity and equal opportunities are part of our self-image at all levels. As a family-friendly employer, LIfBi supports the compatibility of family life and work.

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Our expertise as an infrastructure institution includes the development of suitable competence tests and survey instruments, the administration of large-scale educational studies, and research into scientific methods of data collection and evaluation. We make the collected and processed data available to researchers worldwide free of charge. 

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We will be happy to help you get in touch with LIfBi researchers. We offer comprehensive support for media enquiries and organise background discussions for politicians, editorial offices and associations. You can find our national press releases in the external press portal. If you are interested, we will also be happy to include you in our press distribution list.

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