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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


We understand education and competence development as a lifelong process - which is why longitudinal research is of central importance to us at LIfBi. In doing so, we take a look at many different facets: from digitization to inclusion to the integration of refugees, from early childhood to schooling to training and further education on the labor market. We work in an interdisciplinary manner and are thus able to examine fundamental and current topics from different research perspectives.

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.

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At the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, education is researched in an interdisciplinary manner and in many different facets. This includes both large-scale projects to collect data for educational research and studies to investigate specific issues, for which, among other things, the rich, longitudinal data of the NEPS provide an ideal data basis. Third-party funded projects at LIfBi often address socially relevant issues and contribute their results to political and public discourse. Various funding sources and cooperation partners, including the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Research Foundation (DFG), support LIfBi in this endeavor.

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At the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, scientists conduct research on current aspects of empirical educational research with a variety of research foci and within the framework of different disciplines. The focus is on topics that are highly relevant to society.

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

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