The State Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg (ifb) is the only social-science research institute in Germany which exclusively dedicates itself to family research. The research team at the ifb is set up along interdisciplinary lines and has been studying the various forms and conditions of family life for 28 years.

The ifb is a scientifically independent institute. Formally, it is a subordinate
authority of the Bavarian State Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Affairs as well
as an affiliated institute of the University of Bamberg.

Structure and Organisation of the Institute

Since October 1st, 2012, Prof. Dr. Henriette Engelhardt-Wölfler, Professor for Demography at the Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg, has been leading the institute. Sandra Krapf is the vice director of the Institute.

In 2021, 12 researchers and five administrative employees were working at the ifb.

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, Labor and Social Affairs, 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 2021:
• RDin Dagmar Britze
(Bavarian State Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Affairs)

• Prof. Dr. Henriette Engelhardt-Wölfler (ifb)

• Prof. Dr. Guido Heineck (University of Bamberg)

• Doris Lüken-Klaßen (ifb)

• Prof. Dr. Sabine Walper (German Youth Institute, Munich)

Dr. Sandra Krapf, the vice director of the institut belongs to the Institut Advisory Board in a consultative role.

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Address of the Institute

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Heinrichsdamm 4
96045 Bamberg

Phone: +49 951 96525 - 0
Fax: +49 951 96525 - 29
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