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The NEPS Network

A National Educational Panel aiming to carry out diachronic (longitudinal) research on central questions in education needs to integrate the theoretical and methodological approaches of various disciplines (such as educational science, educational psychology, developmental psychology, sociology of education, economics of education, employment research, poverty research, research on childhood and adolescence, family research, gender research, migration studies, demography, cultural research, survey methods, as well as diagnostics and test theory). This is the reason for bringing together an interdisciplinary consortium of research institutes, research groups, and leading researchers. The result is a network of excellence linking up a wide network of various competencies and experiences in longitudinal research to be found at different locations covering all necessary tasks of the National Educational Panel Study:

The organizational structure of the NEPS Network is set down by the Rules and Regulations. The full document is available for download here.

The Rules and Regulations apply within the scope of the NEPS Network Charter (download full document here).


All current NEPS Network Partners are listed below:

Jutta Allmendinger
Yvonne Anders
Silke Anger
Cordula Artelt
Christian Aßmann
Sandra Buchholz
Claus H. Carstensen
Aileen Edele
Martin Ehlert
Michael Gebel
Frank Goldhammer
Guido Heineck
Monika Jungbauer-Gans
Corinna Kleinert
Olaf Köller
Cornelia Kristen
Susanne Kuger
Kai Maaz
Nele McElvany
Hans-Günther Roßbach
Daniel Schiffner
Steffen Schindler
Thorsten Schneider
Joseph Schrader
Astrid Schütz
Heike Solga
Petra Stanat
Jutta von Maurice
Sabine Weinert
Ilka Wolter

The Annual General Meeting of NEPS

The main body of the NEPS Network is the “Annual General Meeting” (AGM), which convenes once a year. At the center of consultations held by the AGM are fundamental questions of medium- and long-term planning of the research and service program of NEPS.


Members of the Annual General Meeting with voting rights are:

a)    the NEPS Director, the NEPS Executive Committee, and all NEPS Network Partners that have signed the Network Charter. These three groups are together the NEPS Steering Group.

b)    as well as the staff representatives elected by the NEPS Full Staff Meeting.


The NEPS Network Committee

The NEPS Network Committee holds strategic discussions on current and medium-term questions regarding the research and service activity of NEPS. It also deals with contentious issues in connection with the implementation of the research and service planning of NEPS, reports to the Annual General Meeting and prepares the contents of the meeting.


The Network Committee consists of:

a) the NEPS Director and members of the NEPS Executive Committee,

b) the elected Chair of the NEPS Annual General Meeting and their Deputy,

c) elected members of the NEPS Network Committee, as well as

d) elected representatives of NEPS staff.


In the 8th Meeting of the Annual General Meeting on February 8, 2021, the Chairpersons of the AGM were newly elected:

  • Chair: Prof. Dr. Olaf Köller, IPN Kiel
  • Deputy Chair: Prof. Dr. Yvonne Anders, University of Bamberg

These two persons preside over the AGM, issue invitations, and conduct proceedings. Furthermore, in their capacity as Chair of the AGM they are automatically also on the Network Committee of the National Educational Panel Study.


The following persons were elected to the Network Committee:

  • Prof. Dr. Silke Anger, IAB Nuremberg
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Ehlert, WZB Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Guido Heineck, University of Bamberg
  • Prof. Dr. Cornelia Kristen, University of Bamberg
  • Prof. Dr. Nele McElvany, TU Dortmund
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Weinert, University of Bamberg


NEPS Full Staff Meeting

Members with voting rights of the Full Staff Meeting of the NEPS Network are all LIfBi-external and LIfBi-internal employees that are actively engaged in NEPS. The Full Staff Meeting elects for the duration of three years three staff representatives
who are members of the Annual General Meeting and of the NEPS Network Committee:

a) Two representatives (as well as two deputies) from among the members of staff actively engaged in NEPS and employed by LIfBi in Bamberg, with one of whom taking over the role as chair by mutual consent.

b) One representative (as well as one deputy) from among the members of staff actively engaged in NEPS employed by NEPS cooperation partners.


The following persons were elected as NEPS staff representatives in Summer 2022:

NEPS Staff Representatives LIfBi:

  • Representatives: Dr. Manja Attig (Chair) & Anika Bela
  • Deputies: Dr. Ariane Würbach & Dr. Christoph Homuth

NEPS Staff Representatives Cooperation Partners:

  • Representative: Cindy Fitzner, WZB
  • Deputy: Dr. Paul Fabian, TU Dortmund