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Members of the German Data Forum (RatSWD) in its 6th appointment period (July 2017 – July 2020)

The German Data Forum (RatSWD) was established by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in accordance with all federal government departments in 2004. It superseded the founding committee of the German Data Forum and continued its activities. The German Data Forum is an independent council of empirical researchers from universities, university-level institutions, and institutions of independent scientific research as well as representatives from important data producers in Germany. It consists of sixteen members. The members for the German Data Forum’s 6th appointment period period were appointed in July 2017.

Representatives of the empirical social, behavioural, and economic sciences

  • Prof. Dr. Regina T. Riphan – Chair
    Professor of Empirical Economics, Institute of Economic Research, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt
    Professor of Educational Research, University of Bamberg
    Director of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi)
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas K. Bauer
    Professor of Economics, Ruhr University of Bochum
    Vice-President of the RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Eid
    Professor für Methoden und Evaluation, Fachbereich Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Anja Göritz
    Professor of Occupational and Consumer Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Freiburg
  • Prof. Dr. Monika Jungbauer-Gans
    German Centre for Research on Higher Education and Science Studies (DZHW) – Scientific Director
    Professor for Empirical Research on Higher Education and Science Studies, University of Hannover
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Liebig
    Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP)
    Director of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW Berlin
    Member of the Executive Board of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
    Professor of Empirical Social Structure Analysis, Free University Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Kai Maaz
    Professor of Sociology, Focus: Educational Systems and Society, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main
    Director of the Department of Structure and Governance of Education at the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF)

Representatives of data production

  • Prof. Stefan Bender – Vice-chair until Nov. 2019
    Deutsche Bundesbank
    Head of the Research Data and Service Center of Deutsche Bundesbank
  • Heike Habla
    Federal Statistical Office

    Head of National Coordination, Programme Planning
  • Hans-Josef Fischer
    Statistical Offices of the “Länder”

    President of IT.NRW (Landesbetriebe Information und Technik Nordrhein-Westfalen)
  • Dr. Cornelia Lange
    Robert Koch Institute

    Department of Epidemiology and Health Monitoring and Head of the division Health Behaviour
  • Sabine Ohsmann
    German Pension Insurance
    Department Research and Development at the German Pension Insurance
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schupp – Vice-chair since Nov. 2019
    Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP)

    Professor of Sociology, Free University Berlin
    Vice-Director of SOEP at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
  • Prof. Dr. Mark Trappmann
    Federal Employment Agency
    Head of Research Department “Labour Market and Social Security” (PASS), Institute for Employment Research (IAB)
    Professor of Sociology, especially Survey Methodology, University of Bamberg
  • Dr. Heike Wirth
    GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
    Department Monitoring Society and Social Change
    Head of the German Microdata Lab (GML)


  • Eckart Hohmann
    Former President of the State Statistical Office of Hesse
  • Dr. Eckard Kämper
    German Research Foundation (DFG), Programme Director Humanities and Social Sciences 2: Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Dr. Maike Koops
    Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Desk Officer in the Department Humanities, Social and Cultural Sciences, Academies, Research Museums
  • Bertram Raum
    Expert for data protection law
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrike Rockmann
    Institute for School Quality at the FU Berlin; Vice State Returning Officer for Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Strübing
    Professor of Sociology with a Focus on Qualitative Methods at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
  • Dr. Monika Wächter
    German Aerospace Center (DLR) – Project Management Agency, Desk Officer in the Department Humanities and Social Sciences, Division Research Infrastructures and Structure Formation