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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

Director’s Unit

The Director's Unit includes the Director's Office, the Research Group and the Director's Staff. Part of this staff are the Personal Assistant to the Director, as well as the teams responsible for Committees and Reporting, Corporate Communications, NEPS Development, and Promoting Junior Researchers and Further Education.

The Director's Unit aims to support the Director in the structural planning of the Institute in order to ensure the long-term continuation of the longitudinal studies of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories in the form of the National Educational Panel Study and other education-based studies. 

Cordula Artelt

Director´s Office

The Director's Office supports Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt in carrying out administrative and organizational operating procedures. Its core activities are the coordination of appointments, preparation of meetings documents, as well as organizing events and research stays in the Director's Unit at LIfBi. The Director’s Office liaises closely with other secretariats and assistants within the Institute and works as a service-oriented link between science and administration.

Contact: E:, T: +49 951 700 60 002

Head of Working Unit
Ieva Henne

Personal Assistent to the Director

The Personal Assistant to the Director supports the Director in her activities within the science system. This includes, in particular, accompanying strategic planning and preparing of information for decision-making processes. Another focus is on the co-development and design of project ideas as well as on topics regarding science transfer and research networks. Communication with internal and external (international) actors from the scientific as well as political and administrative sectors is also amongst the major tasks.  

Doctor Patrick Rummel

Committees and Reporting

On the one hand, the department supports the director in reporting on the work of the entire institute - e.g. for funding agencies of the federal and state governments. On the other hand, it prepares and follows up on the meetings of LIfBi's supervisory bodies, including the internationally staffed Scientific Advisory Board, as well as the various committees and meetings of the nationwide NEPS network.

Networking with other cooperation partners and scientific organizations, in particular the Leibniz Association, also falls within the scope of responsibility of the unit.



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Martin Fischer

NEPS Development

Key task of the executive unit "NEPS Development" is to support the Director in her function as overall head of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS). Thereby, the focus is on the conceptual development of the NEPS and cooperation with the NEPS network.

Contact: E:, T: +49 951 700 60 004

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Head of Working Unit
Michaela Sixt

Corporate Communications

The communication of our research results as well as the transfer of our scientific expertise is a major concern for us at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories. The Communication Department is the interface and service provider both internally and externally. In our press and public relations work we prepare the most important topics and activities of LIfBi, for example in the annual report, in the LIfBi News and in the newsletter LIfBi info. Our transfer formats "LIfBi Forschung kompakt" and "NEPS Corona & Bildung" present research results of high social relevance in a manner that is accessible to the general public.

Contact: E:, T: +49 951 700 60 003

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Head of Working Unit
Florian Mayer

Junior Researchers and Further Education

The staff position for the promotion of young researchers and in-service training offers specific qualification and advisory services for young researchers as well as in-service training events for all employees at LIfBi. The offers are made in cooperation with the Otto Friedrich University Bamberg and the Leibniz Association and are continuously developed and adapted to current needs. The Staff Office for the Promotion of Young Academics and Continuing Education is located in the Director's area.

Contact: E:, T: +49 951 700 60 006

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Maren Arnold-Vargen

Research Group "Education in a Digital World"

The Director's Research Group investigates the advancing digitalization of the society as well as the resulting challenges and opportunities for teaching and learning processes within and beyond educational institutions. The individual prerequisites of learners and teachers, the institutional framework conditions and the insights of learning psychology are taken into account.

Contact: E:, T: +49 951 700 60 008

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Philipp Handschuh