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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 It superseded the founding committee of the German Data Forum and continued its activities.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
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
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
Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) – Vice-Chair
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