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 along interdisciplinary lines and has been studying families’ living conditions and needs, the organisation of family life, and the change in the circumstances and ways of life within families for over 20 years.
The ifb is a scientifically independent institute. The ifb is a subordinate authority of the Bavarian State Ministry of Family Affairs, Labour and Social Welfare, as well as an affiliated institute of the University of Bamberg.
Structure and Organisation of the Institute
The ifb is a subordinate authority of the Bavarian State Ministry of Family Affairs, Labour and Social Welfare, 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 been leading the institute. Harald Rost has the vice-directorship and, therefore, the management of the institute.
In 2017, the StMAS financed seven and a half permanent posts for scientific members of staff. These were 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 2017. 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 Family Affairs, Labour and Social Welfare, 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 2017 were as follows:
- RDin Dagmar Britze (Bavarian State Ministry of Family Affairs, Labour and Social Welfare)
- Prof. Henriette Engelhardt-Wölfler (ifb)
- Prof. Guido Heineck (Bamberg University)
- Dr. Birgit Mayer-Lewis (ifb)
- Prof. Sabine Walper (German Youth Institute, Munich)
The vice-directorship of the institute, Harald Rost, belong to the Institute Advisory Board in a consultative role.