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News archive 2018

Newsletter "LIfBi data No. 4" released

12/19/2018

With the half-yearly newsletter "LIfBi data", the Research Data Center of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (RDC LIfBi) provides information on current and upcoming data releases, user trainings and other events, new features in data and documentation offerings, as well as on relevant services and publications.

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Update for Scientific Use File of Starting Cohort 6 (Adults) released

12/11/2018

An updated data version 9.0.1 for the NEPS Starting Cohort 6 is now available for scientific use.

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3rd international NEPS Conference focuses on the transmission of inequalities across generations

11/27/2018

For the third time, the international NEPS conference provided an opportunity for scientists from different disciplines to present and discuss their research work based on NEPS data. On November 22-23, 2018, the LIfBi Research Data Centre organized a diverse program on the subject of "Intergenerational transmission of inequalities": The keynote lecture with the title „The Transmission of Inequality Across Multiple Generations: Testing Recent Theories with Evidence from Germany“ was held by Prof. Dr. Sebastian T. Braun from Bayreuth University and IfW Kiel. Round table discussions, numerous paper presentations, and a poster session were also on the agenda. As in previous years, prizes were also awarded for the best publication and poster of the conference based on NEPS data.

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Prof. Dr. Sebastian T. Braun reported on the finding that academic and professional achievements across generations are more consistent than experts had previously assumed.

Correction note for current Scientific Use File of Starting Cohort 6 (version 9.0.0)

11/16/2018

Attention: Due to a bug in the Starting Cohort 6 data, the Release Notes have been updated.

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New Scientific Use File of Starting Cohort 6 (Adults) released

10/31/2018

New data for the NEPS Starting Cohort 6 are now available in version 9.0.0 for scientific use.

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Study based on NEPS adult cohort: employees at retirement age only partly work for the sake of money

10/25/2018

In their study, Prof. Dr. Silke Anger, Annette Trahms, and Dr. Christian Westermeier (Institute for Employment Research, IAB, Nuremberg) examined individual characteristics and motives of people who are employed or wish to be employed during retirement. The report uses representative data from the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) Starting Cohort 6–Adults.

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On the relationship between life course and agency

10/8/2018
Prof. Dr. Marlis Buchmann, Institute of Sociology at the University of Zurich, introduced her research program as part of the Fall School of the Priority Programme 1646, which was held at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi).
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Prof. Dr. Marlis Buchmann gave a presentation on the relationship between life course and agency at the Fall School of the Priority Programme 1646.

Program of the 3rd NEPS Conference online

9/28/2018

The program of the 3rd International NEPS Conference on November 22 ̶ 23, 2018, at LIfBi is now available online on the conference website (subject to change).

New Scientific Use File of Starting Cohort 5 (First-Year Students) released

9/6/2018

New data for the NEPS Starting Cohort 5 are now available in version 11.0.0 for scientific use.

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In mourning for Prof. Dr. Susanne Rässler

8/31/2018
The LIfBi mourns the death of Professor Dr. Susanne Rässler who passed away unexpectedly on August 29, 2018, at the age of 55. The Institute has lost a passionate and exceptional academic who was much loved and respected by all.
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LIfBi Department Head Prof. Dr. Corinna Kleinert appointed to editorial board of journal “Soziale Welt”

8/25/2018
The Head of Department 2 “Educational Decisions and Processes, Migration, Returns to Education” of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, Prof. Dr. Corinna Kleinert, has been appointed to the editorial board of the prestigious sociological academic journal “Soziale Welt” as part of its relaunch this spring.
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New Scientific Use File of Starting Cohort 2 (Kindergarten) released

8/20/2018

New data for the NEPS Starting Cohort 2 are now available in version 7.0.0 for scientific use.

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Registration for the 3rd International NEPS Conference now open

7/24/2018

The registration form for this year's international NEPS Conference is now online. Interested researchers are welcome to register there for free participation in the conference.

https://www.neps-data.de/de-de/neps-conference2018/registration.aspx

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Newsletter "LIfBi data No. 3" released

7/16/2018

From now on, the Research Data Center at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (RDC LIfBi) informs in the semi-annual newsletter "LIfBi data" on current and upcoming data releases, user trainings and other events, new features in data and documentation offerings, as well as on relevant services and publications.

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Supplementing the NEPS data documentation with a glossary

7/11/2018

The NEPS Glossary provides information on technical terms from the German education and professional system as well as on specific terms and abbreviations frequently used in the various NEPS starting cohorts.

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Prof. David Kaplan, Ph.D., discusses Bayesian approaches of statistical model evaluation

7/6/2018

As part of LIfBilectures, Professor David Kaplan, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, discussed ways of how to evaluate statistical modelling through predictions with Bayesian approaches in his talk “New Developments in Bayesian Model Averaging”.

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Professor Kaplan gives LIfBi staff an insight into his research.

Initiative “Research in Germany” attending World Congress of the International Sociological Association (ISA) for the first time

7/3/2018
Under the umbrella of “Research in Germany”, the German Research Foundation (DFG) is organizing a joint appearance of various participants of the German research landscape at this years’ ISA World Congress in Toronto, Canada, taking place from July 15 to 21, 2018: funding organizations, six panel studies—among them the National Education Panel Study (NEPS)—, the German Data Forum (RatSWD), as well as numerous researchers and initiatives from different German research institutes.
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Report “Education in Germany 2018” published

6/22/2018

The current report “Education in Germany 2018” was published today on June 22, 2018, and presented to the public by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) in Berlin (link to report in German).

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New data offering NEPS-SC6-ADIAB available: Linking survey data from the Starting Cohort Adults with administrative data from the IAB

5/24/2018
With the enrichment of the survey and competence data of the NEPS study participants in the adult cohort with administrative data from the so-called Integrated Employment Biographies of the IAB, a new and innovative data product for scientific analyses is now available to interested researchers.
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Update for Scientific Use File of Starting Cohort 4 (Grade 9) released

5/15/2018
An updated data version 9.1.1 for the NEPS Starting Cohort 4 is now available for scientific use.
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New Scientific Use File of Starting Cohort 1 (Newborns) released

5/8/2018
New data for the NEPS Starting Cohort 1 are now available in version 5.0.0 for scientific use.
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Announcement of the 3rd International NEPS Conference

5/2/2018

On November 22-23, 2018, the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) will host the 3rd International NEPS Conference. Proposals for contributions can be submitted from now on.

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Projects LIFETRACK and SEED start at LIfBi

4/20/2018

In January 2018, two new projects started at LIfBi: Research projects SEED and LIFETRACK are part of the European research program “Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life Course” (DIAL).

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New Scientific Use File of Starting Cohort 5 (First-Year Students) released

4/19/2018
New data for the NEPS Starting Cohort 5 are now available in version 10.0.0 for scientific use.
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New Interim Director at LIfBi

4/6/2018

Starting on April 1, 2018, Prof. Dr. Sabine Weinert has taken over the position of Interim Director of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories and will thus also lead the NEPS study “Educational Trajectories in Germany”. She succeeds Prof. Dr. Sandra Buchholz, who had been managing the Institute during its dynamic development phase after the retirement of Prof. Dr. Hans-Günther Roßbach.

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Prof. Dr. Sandra Buchholz (right) passes the symbolical baton to Prof. Dr. Sabine Weinert (left).

Updates for the Scientific Use Files of Starting Cohort 2 (Kindergarten) and Starting Cohort 3 (Grade 5) released

3/7/2018
Updated data versions 6.0.1 for the NEPS Starting Cohort 2 and 7.0.1 for the NEPS Starting Cohort 3 are now available for scientific use.
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5th Annual General Meeting of NEPS

2/23/2018
On February 19, 2018, the Annual General Meeting of NEPS met in Bamberg for the fifth time. Besides electing the new Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Annual General Meeting of NEPS and the members of the NEPS Network Committee, the meeting focused on the report of the Interim Director, Prof. Sandra Buchholz.
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Research Data Center LIfBi featured on EduserverBlog

2/6/2018
Dr. Daniel Fuß, Head of the Research Data Center LIfBi (RDC LIfBi) in an interview on the available data of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), the tasks of the RDC LIfBi, and future challenges.
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First Representative Population Study Among Adolescents in Germany: Video Games Hardly Influence Cognitive Abilities

1/22/2018

Playing a lot of video games makes adolescents stupid—a statement that is often referred to by the term “digital dementia”. This popular assumption is challenged by studies in which video gamers demonstrate a quicker perception and can solve complex problems more easily. Researchers could not validate either assumption through their new study. They did not find any significant correlation between the time 15-year-olds spend playing video games and their cognitive abilities.

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Update for Scientific Use File of Additional Study Baden-Wuerttemberg (Version 3.2.0) released

1/15/2018
An updated data version 3.2.0 for the NEPS Additional Study Baden-Wuerttemberg is now available for scientific use.
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NEPSforum launched: A new platform for exchange around the NEPS data

1/9/2018
At the beginning of this year, the Research Data Center at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (RDC LIfBi) has started a new service. The NEPSforum is an online discussion platform that is now open to all interested persons for their questions, answers and comments around the data of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS).
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