The State Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg (ifb) is the only social science research institute in Germany which dedicates itself to family research exclusively. The research team at the ifb is set up on interdisciplinary lines and has been studying the families’ living conditions and their needs, the organisation of family life, and the change in the circumstances and families’ way of life for over 20 years.
The ifb is a subordinate authority of the Bavarian State Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Family Affairs and Integration (StMAS), as well as an affiliated institute of the Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg. As is stipulated in the ifb’s regulations, the institute is scientifically independent and bound to abide by the standards of good scientific practice.
Since 1 October 2012, Prof. Henriette Engelhardt-Wölfler, holder of the Chair for Demography at the Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg, has led the institute. Dr. Marina Rupp and Harald Rost share the vice-directorship and, therefore, the management of the institute.
In 2016, the StMAS financed seven and a half permanent posts for scientific members of staff. These are filled by eleven researchers, of whom two work full-time and nine part-time. Through the acquisition of project funds, five further researchers could be appointed on a temporary basis in 2016. Two members of staff were employed in the office and the administration respectively.
The Institute Advisory Board
The research activities of the State Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg are supported and reviewed by the Institute Advisory Board. This is made up of two professors, a representative of the Bavarian State Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Family Affairs and Integration, a staff representative, as well as the Director of the Institute. The Institute Advisory Board is responsible for stipulating the annual work programme, advising and supporting the research activities of the ifb scientifically, deciding on third-party funding, and filling scientific vacancies.
Members of the Institute Advisory Board in 2016 were as follows:
- Prof. Henriette Engelhardt-Wölfler (ifb)
- Prof. Guido Heineck (Bamberg University)
- Dr. Birgit Mayer-Lewis (ifb)
- Prof. Sabine Walper (German Youth Institute, Munich)
- Assistant State Secretary Josef Ziller (Bavarian State Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Family Affairs and Integration)
Harald Rost (ifb, consultative role)
Dr. Marina Rupp (ifb, consultative role)