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The German Data Forum (RatSWD) was established by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in accordance with the other federal government departments in 2004. It continued its activities of the RatSWD founding committee.

Seventh appointment period (July 2020 – July 2023)

The German Data Forum (RatSWD) is an independent council of empirical researchers from universities, university-level institutions, institutions of independent scientific research as well as representatives from important data producers in Germany. It consists of twenty members. The members for the German Data Forum’s 7th appointment period period were appointed in July 2020.

Representatives of the empirical social, behavioural, and economic sciences

Prof. Dr. Michael Eid

Professor für Methoden und Evaluation, Fachbereich Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie, Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Faas

Professor of Political Sociology of Germany, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Christiane Gross

Chair of Quantitative Methods of Empirical Social Research, Institute of Political Science and Sociology, University of Würzburg

Prof. Dr. Oliver Lüdtke

Professor of Educational Measurement, Kiel University
Head of Department Educational Measurement, IPN - Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Miethe

Professor of Educational Sciences, Institute for Educational Sciences, Giessen University

Vice Chair of the German Data Forum

Chair of Public Finance and Taxation, Department of Economics, University of Wuppertal
Managing Director of WIB - Wuppertal Research Institute for the Economics of Education

Prof. Dr. Laura Seelkopf

Professor for International Comparative Public Policy, Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science, University of Munich

Prof. Dr. Anja Strobel

Professor of Personality Psychology and Assessment, Institute of Psychology, Chemnitz University of Technology

Prof. Dr. Jörg Strübung

Professor of Sociology, Focus on Methods of Qualitative Social Research, Institute of Sociology, University of Tübingen

Prof. Dr. Joachim Winter

Chair of Empirical Economic Research, Department of Economics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Representatives of data production

Prof. Stefan Bender

Head of the Research Data and Service Center of Deutsche Bundesbank

Prof. Dr. Betina Hollstein

Chair of Qualitative Methods and Microsociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bremen
Head of Working Group Qualitative Methods and Microsociology at SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy

Prof. Dr. Monika Jungbauer-Gans

Chair of the German Data Forum
German Centre for Research on Higher Education and Science Studies (DZHW) - Chair
Scientific Director of the German Centre for Research on Higher Education and Science Studies (DZHW)
Professor for Empirical Research on Higher Education and Science Studies, University of Hannover

Jan Goebel

Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW Berlin
Vice Director of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW Berlin
Head of Data-Operation and Research Data Centre at the
SOEP Infrastructure Facility

Sabine Ohsmann

German Pension Insurance
Department Research and Development at the German Pension Insurance

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. Daniel Vorgrimler

Federal Statistical Office
Head of Department B Strategy and Planning, International Relations, Research and Communication

Dr. Heike Wirth

GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Department Monitoring Society and Social Change
Head of the German Microdata Lab (GML)

Dr. Sylvia Zühlke

Statistical Offices of the "Länder"
Head of Department Statistics of IT.NRW (Landesbetriebe Information und Technik Nordrhein-Westfalen)

Robert Koch-Institut (RKI)

Guests of the RatSWD

Dr. Daniel FußChair of the FDI committee
Research Data Center of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (RDC-LIfBi)

Dr. Eckard Kämper
German Research Foundation (DFG), Programme Director Humanities and Social Sciences 2: Social and Behavioural Sciences

Prof. Dr. Stefan Liebig
Institute of Sociology at the FU Berlin

Tatjana MikaChair of the FDI committee
Research Data Centre of the German Pension Insurance (FDZ-RV)

Dr. Katharina Pijnenburg
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Social Sciences and Humanities Division

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