First “Research in Germany” attendance at ISA World Congress of Sociology


From July 15 until July 21, 2018, the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) together with several research institutes, six panel studies, as well as the German Data Forum (RatSWD) made a joint appearance under the umbrella “Research in Germany” at the World Congress of the International Sociological Association (ISA). This label has been used by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 2006 to finance the presentation of top-level research from Germany at international conferences. Together with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Research Foundation (DFG) organized the participation at the conference this time.

Successful cooperation of panel studies in the social sciences and research institutions from the field of refugee and migration studies, and German research funding organizations at the information booth of “Research in Germany”. (© DFG)

Registration for the 3rd International NEPS Conference now open


The registration form for this year's international NEPS Conference is now online. Interested researchers are welcome to register there for free participation in the conference.

Newsletter "LIfBi data No. 3" released


From now on, the Research Data Center at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (RDC LIfBi) informs in the semi-annual newsletter "LIfBi data" on current and upcoming data releases, user trainings and other events, new features in data and documentation offerings, as well as on relevant services and publications.

Successful completion of vocational training at LIfBi


On July 5, 2018, the LIfBi released the last of its four and highly enthusiastic apprentices into the working world: Three graduates are beginning to work at the LIfBi as qualified specialists supporting research, while another graduate will start working at the University of Bamberg.

Graduation celebration:
From left to right, first row: Verena Distler (specialized instructor), Annalena Popp, Maximilian Anton, Pia Bechtloff.
From left to right, second row: Ilona Kellermann (VET coordinator), Christopher Ulbrich (specialized trainer), Markus Roppelt (apprentice 2017-2020), Daniel Bela (specialized trainer), Dr. Lydia Kleiner (specialized trainer).

ReGES taking part in European Conference for Migration and Integration (IMISCOE)


Jörg Welker attended the 15th annual IMISCOE conference (International Migration, Integration, and Social Cohesion), which took place from July 2-4, 2018, in Barcelona, with a contribution from the study “Refugees in the German Educational System” (ReGES).

Prof. David Kaplan, Ph.D., discusses Bayesian approaches of statistical model evaluation


As part of LIfBilectures, Professor David Kaplan, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, discussed ways of how to evaluate statistical modelling through predictions with Bayesian approaches in his talk “New Developments in Bayesian Model Averaging”.

Professor Kaplan gives LIfBi staff an insight into his research.

ReGES: First surveys in families completed


After the field start in December 2017, the first wave of interviews of refugee families as part of the study “Refugees in the German Educational System” (ReGES) ended in July 2018 in selected communities in Bavaria, Hamburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Saxony.

Initiative “Research in Germany” attending World Congress of the International Sociological Association (ISA) for the first time


Under the umbrella of “Research in Germany”, the German Research Foundation (DFG) is organizing a joint appearance of various participants of the German research landscape at this years’ ISA World Congress in Toronto, Canada, taking place from July 15 to 21, 2018: funding organizations, six panel studies—among them the National Education Panel Study (NEPS)—, the German Data Forum (RatSWD), as well as numerous researchers and initiatives from different German research institutes.

2nd International Meeting of the SEED-Project in Bamberg


On 28th and 29th June 2018, the 2nd international meeting of the project „Social InEquality and its Effects on child Development: A study of birth cohorts in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands“ (SEED) took place at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi).

Report “Education in Germany 2018” published


The current report “Education in Germany 2018” was published today on June 22, 2018, and presented to the public by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) in Berlin (link to report in German).

Educational Research from an interdisciplinary perspective: LIfBi hosts this year’s CIDER workshop


This year’s workshop of the College for Interdisciplinary Educational Research (CIDER) took place from June 4 to 6 at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi).

New data offering NEPS-SC6-ADIAB available: Linking survey data from the Starting Cohort Adults with administrative data from the IAB


With the enrichment of the survey and competence data of the NEPS adult cohort with administrative data from the so-called Integrated Employment Biographies of the IAB, a new and innovative data product for scientific analyses is now available to interested researchers.

Dr. Marko Neumann provides glimpse into the “BERLIN-Study”


As part of the LIfBilectures, Dr. Marko Neumann from the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) Frankfurt/Berlin presented the “BERLIN-Study”. This multicohort longitudinal study, investigates the structural reform of Berlin’s secondary school system carried out since 2010/11.

What defines good quality in day care?


As part of LIfBilectures, Prof. Dr. Yvonne Anders from Freie Universität Berlin held a presentation on May 15, 2018, about how the pedagogical quality in day care can be adequately measured.

Prof. Dr. Sabine Weinert (right) welcomes Prof. Dr. Yvonnes Anders to LIfBi.

60th NEPS User Training at LIfBi


On May 14 and 15, the 60th NEPS user training took place for scientists analyzing NEPS data—this time giving an “Introduction to the Data of the Starting Cohort 1 With a Focus on Learning Environments”.

School classes in problem areas: What influences teachers’ evaluations when giving education recommendations?


As part of LIfBilectures, Katarina Weßling from the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) at Maastricht University presented on the topic “The Teacher and the ‘Ghetto’–Investigating the Influence of School Class and Neighbourhood Contexts on Teachers’ Evaluations of Primary School Students”. She shared her thoughts and analyses of the influence of school class composition and economical-cultural school environment on teachers’ recommendations for a choice of secondary schools.

Announcement of the 3rd International NEPS Conference


On November 22-23, 2018, the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) will host the 3rd International NEPS Conference. Proposals for contributions can be submitted from now on.

Projects LIFETRACK and SEED start at LIfBi


In January 2018, two new projects started at LIfBi: Research projects SEED and LIFETRACK are part of the European research program “Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life Course” (DIAL).

Conceptualization and Measuring of Context Effects in Empirical Educational Research


In his lecture titled “Federal School System and Small-Scale Social Segregation: About the Increasing Relevance of Context Effects in the Empirical Educational Research” Prof. Dr. Marcel Helbing from the Social Science Center Berlin (WZB) and the University of Erfurt discussed the question regarding the extent to which context effects can be conceptualized and measured in empirical educational research. The lecture was held on April 17.

Dr. Klaus Pforr, GESIS, presented on the topic “Regional Context Data from the Micro Census“


On April 12, 2018, Dr. Klaus Pforr, Research Assistant at the German Microdata Lab at GESIS-Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences, presented a project in which small-scale regional context data are extrapolated from the microcensus.

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