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The German Data Forum (RatSWD) was founded in Summer 2004 by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), in accord with all federal government departments. It took over from the Commission for the Foundation of the German Data Forum, and carries out the same tasks as its predecessor. The RatSWD is an independent body of empirical researchers from universities, colleges, and other independent research institutions as well as representatives of important data producers and service centers. It consists of sixteen members. The members for the fifth period of office were appointed in Juli 2014.

Representatives of the Empirical Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research in the RatSWD

Prof. Dr. Cordula ArteltProf. Dr. Cordula Artelt
Professor of Educational Research at the Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg


Prof. Dr. Thomas BauerProf. Dr. Thomas K. Bauer
Professor of Economics at the Ruhr University Bochum and Vice President of the RWI Essen (Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung)


Prof. Dr. Monika Jungbauer-GansProf. Dr. Monika Jungbauer-Gans
Professor of Empirical Economic Sociology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg


Prof. Dr. Kai MaazProf. Dr. Kai Maaz
Professor of Education Systems and Society at Goethe University Frankfurt a.M. and director of the department Educational Structure and Governance at the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF)

Prof. Dr. Beatrice RammstedtProf. Dr. Beatrice Rammstedt
Professor of Psychological Assessment, Survey Design and Methodology at the University of Mannheim and head of the division Survey Design and Methodology at GESIS


Prof. Regina T. Riphahn, Ph.D.Prof. Regina T. Riphahn, Ph.D. - Chair
Professor of Statistics and Empirical Economic Research at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg


Prof. Dr. Frank Michael SpinathProf. Dr. Frank Michael Spinath
Professor of Individual Differences and Psycho-diagnostics at the Saarland University


Prof. Dr. Jörg Strübing
Professor of Sociology at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen



Representatives of Data Production in the RatSWD

Stefan BenderStefan Bender, Deutsche BundesbankVice Chair
Head of the Research Data and Service Center of the Deutsche Bundesbank


Prof. Dr. Manfred EhlingProf. Dr. Manfred Ehling, Federal Statistical Office
Head of the division Mathematical and Statistical Methods at the Research Data Center and Professor at the Business School of the University of Applied Sciences Fresenius, Idstein


Hans-Josef FischerHans-Josef Fischer, Statistical Offices of the "Länder"
President of IT.NRW (Landesbetriebe Information und Technik Nordrhein-Westfalen)


Dr. Cornelia LangeDr. Cornelia Lange, Robert Koch Institute
Head of the division Health Interview Surveys and European Cooperation


Sabine OhsmannSabine Ohsmann, German Pension Insurance
Department Research and Development at the German Pension Insurance


David SchillerDavid Schiller, Federal Employment Agency
Research Data Center of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB)


Prof. Dr. Gert G. WagnerProf. Dr. Gert G. Wagner, German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP)
Member of the Executive Board of German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)


Dr. Heike WirthDr. Heike Wirth, GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Department Monitoring Society and Social Change, German Microdata Lab (GML)


Former members of the fifth period of office

Dr. Ulf von KalckreuthDr. Ulf von Kalckreuth, Deutsche Bundesbank
Head of Section in the Statistics Department