Calls for Papers for the 4th International NEPS Conference and the Conference "Education and Space" in fall 2019


The Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) organizes two related conferences: On 6 November 2019, the conference "Education and Space" will discuss current quantitative-empirical analyses in educational research on spatial questions. This will be followed by the 4th International NEPS Conference on 7 and 8 November 2019 with empirical contributions from all areas of educational research and a special focus on internationally comparative approaches.

LIfBi lectures: Educational trajectories in Germany over the last 100 years


NEPS data are becoming more and more valuable every year—Professor Karl Ulrich Mayer came to this conclusion as part of the LIfBi lectures series. In his talk on March 19, 2019 in Bamberg, the former President of the Leibniz Association demonstrated the connection between modernity and the increase in higher education. He showed who has benefitted from this trend over the last 100 years and what potential lies in longitudinal data.

In his lecture, Karl Ulrich Mayer explained the great potential of NEPS data.

ReGES presenting at BMBF Educational Research Conference 2019 “Educational worlds of the future”


The 2019 Educational Research Conference “Educational worlds of the future” took place in Berlin from March 12 to 13. On this occasion, questions that are relevant to society were extensively discussed among representatives of various institutions from the education sector, while projects funded by the Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) had the chance to present their work to a broad audience.

Dr. Jutta von Maurice, Dr. Dominik Weigand, and Dr. Gisela Will (from left to right) at the BMBF Educational Research Conference 2019

Cordula Artelt is the new Director of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories


Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt has taken over with immediate effect the leadership of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) in Bamberg and thus also of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS). The certified psychologist is Chair of the Department of Educational Research at the University of Bamberg and has been Head of Department 1 “Competencies, Personality, Learning Environments” since April 2017.

Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt, Director LIfBi (Image: RatSWD / David Ausserhofer)

LIfBi lectures: Cognitive and socio-emotional skills as predictors of key life outcomes


Success in education and work, health and recognition—people need socio-economic skills besides cognitive skills to achieve key life outcomes such as these. Prof. Dr. Martin Brunner, University of Potsdam, gives an insight into empirical data and potential mechanisms that can explain how competencies are related to these outcomes.

Prof. Dr. Martin Brunner shows results of the Luxembourg MAGRIP study.

Colloquium of the third funding phase of the DFG Priority Programme 1646 offers research projects a platform to exchange


The Priority Programme 1646 “Education as a Lifelong Process. Analyzing Data of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS)” of the German Research Foundation (DFG) is now in its third funding phase. As part of the event on February 14 and 15 at the LIfBi, the research projects presented their current work in 16 presentations and exchanged their results and methodological challenges.

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NEPS data used by over 2,000 researchers worldwide


The number of scientists registered for using data from the National Education Panel (NEPS) has exceeded the threshold of 2,000 users in January 2019.

LIfBi lectures: The impact of intelligence on academic learning


It is a scientifically proven fact that intelligence simplifies and accelerates all types of learning. Only gradually have scientists come to understand that intelligence is not only characteristic of individual cognitive abilities but has to be seen much more within the context of the respective environmental and cultural background. But what are the differences in the quality of the learning paths of more or less intelligent students? Prof. Dr. Elsbeth Stern, ETH Zurich, presented data in her lecture at the LIfBi on February 5th that provide information on the effects of intelligence on the use of learning opportunities.

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Overview of LIfBi lectures 2019

Prof. Dr. Elsbeth Stern gives insights into her research on the impact of intelligence on academic learning.

ReGES: First survey results are available


In November 2018, the research team published first results of the study "ReGES–Refugees in the German Educational System" on the integration of refugees in Germany.

Surveys using apps can sustainably enrich panel studies


The Institute for Employment Research (IAB) has been conducting the panel "Labour Market and Social Security" (PASS) for more than ten years. One of the central problems of long-term surveys, however, is the ability to instantaneously record events that occur between individual time points of the survey. In order to remedy this weakness, but also to obtain very specific data on smartphone use, the IAB has developed an Android application as part of a feasibility study for PASS.

Edited volume of educational decisions and local educational services now available


The volume "Bildungsentscheidungen und lokales Angebot. Die Bedeutung der Infrastruktur für Bildungsentscheidungen im Lebenslauf" (Educational Decisions and Local Services. The Importance of Infrastructure for Educational Decisions in the Life Course), edited by Dr. Michaela Sixt, Dr. Michael Bayer, and Doreen Müller, contains empirical results from the project "BildungsLandschaft Oberfranken" (BiLO, Educational Landscape of Upper Franconia), as well as theoretical considerations on the connection between education and space. A long neglected research gap is systematically addressed here.

Labor migration from India to the Persian Gulf and its effects on the everyday life of women who remain in their home region


Prof. Dr. Hannah Brückner, New York University Abu Dhabi and member of the LIfBi Scientific Advisory Board, reported on the first results of her project "Migration and Kerala's Gender Paradox" as part of the LIfBi lectures series.

Prof. Dr. Hannah Brückner provides insight into the research project "Migration and Kerala's Gender Paradox".

3rd international NEPS Conference focuses on the transmission of inequalities across generations


For the third time, the international NEPS conference provided an opportunity for scientists from different disciplines to present and discuss their research work based on NEPS data. On November 22-23, 2018, the LIfBi Research Data Centre organized a diverse program on the subject of "Intergenerational transmission of inequalities": The keynote lecture with the title „The Transmission of Inequality Across Multiple Generations: Testing Recent Theories with Evidence from Germany“ was held by Prof. Dr. Sebastian T. Braun from Bayreuth University and IfW Kiel. Round table discussions, numerous paper presentations, and a poster session were also on the agenda. As in previous years, prizes were also awarded for the best publication and poster of the conference based on NEPS data.

Prof. Dr. Sebastian T. Braun reported on the finding that academic and professional achievements across generations are more consistent than experts had previously assumed.

Microcosm school: What influences the emergence and elimination of ethnic boundaries?


Under the title "Ethnic Boundary Making in School Networks", Dr. Hanno Kruse, Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) at the University of Cologne, presented his current research program on November 15, 2018.

Dr. Hanno Kruse presented his current research project at LIfBi.

Study based on NEPS adult cohort: employees at retirement age only partly work for the sake of money


In their study, Prof. Dr. Silke Anger, Annette Trahms, and Dr. Christian Westermeier (Institute for Employment Research, IAB, Nuremberg) examined individual characteristics and motives of people who are employed or wish to be employed during retirement. The report uses representative data from the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) Starting Cohort 6–Adults.

On the relationship between life course and agency


Prof. Dr. Marlis Buchmann, Institute of Sociology at the University of Zurich, introduced her research program as part of the Fall School of the Priority Programme 1646, which was held at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi).

Prof. Dr. Marlis Buchmann gave a presentation on the relationship between life course and agency at the Fall School of the Priority Programme 1646.

Program of the 3rd NEPS Conference online


The program of the 3rd International NEPS Conference on November 22 ̶ 23, 2018, at LIfBi is now available online on the conference website (subject to change).

In mourning for Prof. Dr. Susanne Rässler


The LIfBi mourns the death of Professor Dr. Susanne Rässler who passed away unexpectedly on August 29, 2018, at the age of 55. The Institute has lost a passionate and exceptional academic who was much loved and respected by all.

LIfBi Department Head Prof. Dr. Corinna Kleinert appointed to editorial board of journal “Soziale Welt”


The Head of Department 2 “Educational Decisions and Processes, Migration, Returns to Education” of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, Prof. Dr. Corinna Kleinert, has been appointed to the editorial board of the prestigious sociological academic journal “Soziale Welt” as part of its relaunch this spring.

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)
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