Olaf Struck, Prof. Dr., has been Professor of Sociology of Work and Ergonomics at the University of Bamberg since 2009. He studied sociology at the University of Bremen and graduated in 1990. From 2000 to 2003, he was PhD student at the graduate college "Life Course and Social Policy" at the University of Bremen and received the title of Doctor of Philosophy with his thesis on human resources development and life-course politics. After that, Olaf Struck worked as a researcher and lecturer for work and gender studies at the Humboldt-University Berlin (1993-1995), for school to work transitions in the Collaborative Research Centre 186 "Status Passages and Risks in the Life Course" at the University of Bremen (1995-2000), for social policy at the University of Leipzig (2000-2001) and for socio-economic analysis at the University of Jena (2001-2009). He received his habilitation in 2005 in sociology with the book: "Flexibility and Security – Empirical Results, Theoretical Concepts and Institutional Structuring of Employment Stability". In 2001, he became head of a project in the Collaborative Research Centre 580 "Social Development in Post-Socialist Societies" in Jena. He also initiated further research projects, for example, about labour and justice, or labour market flexibility. During this time he was visiting professor of sociology with a focus on empirical social structural analysis at the University of Göttingen (2007-2008) and after that for sociological theory at the University of Halle-Wittenberg (2008-2009). Current externally funded projects focus on pay equity, employment trends and employment systems, as well as issues of development of occupational qualification, and mobility. Olaf Struck is reviewer for numerous journals and foundations, and member of several expert commissions. He is on the advisory board of the journal "Social Progress" and on the board of the "German Association for Labour Market Research". He has published 12 books und more than 70 articles on labour market research, human resource management and further education, demography, life course and biography, social structure and social change as well as social policy. His interest in NEPS focuses on adult education and lifelong learning, as well as learning environments.