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 nearly 25 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. Henriette Engelhardt-Wölfler, Professor for Demography at the Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg, has been leading the institute. Harald Rost is the Vice Director of the Institute.
In 2018, 16 researchers and four 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 2018:
- 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-director of the institute belongs to the Institute Advisory Board in a consultative role.
Image: Regina Neumann/ifb