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From left to right: Y. Sure, E. Hohmann, G. G. Wagner, N. Ott, M. Kreyenfeld, B. Rammstedt, E. Brähler, F.-M. Spinath, S. Bechtold, H. Herrmann, S. Rässler, B.-M. Kurth, R. Thiede (missing: S. Bender, J. Brüderl, U. Rockmann, J. Wagner)

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 fourth period of office were appointed in April 2011:

Representatives of the Empirical Social and Economic Research in the RatSWD

Prof. Dr. Elmar Brähler
Head of the Department "Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology" at the University of Leipzig

Prof. Dr. Josef Brüderl
Professor for Statistics and Social Research Methods at the University of Mannheim and Principal Investigator at the Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics (pairfam)

Prof. Dr. Michaela Kreyenfeld
Head of the Department "Economic and Social Demography" at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Professor of Sociology at Hertie School of Governance

Prof. Dr. Notburga Ott - Deputy Chairperson
Professor of Social Policy and Public Economy at Ruhr University Bochum

Prof. Dr. Susanne Rässler
Professor of Statistics and Econometrics at University of Bamberg

Prof. Dr. Beatrice Rammstedt
Chair for Psychology at the University of Mannheim and Project Manager of GESIS - Leibniz Institute for Social Research

Prof. Dr. Frank-Michael Spinath
Professor for Individual Differences & Psychodiagnostics at the University of Saarland

Prof. Dr. Joachim Wagner
Professor of Empiric Economic Research at Leuphana University of Lueneburg


Representatives of Data Production in the RatSWD

Dr. Sabine Bechtold, Federal Statistical Office Germany
President of the Department for Population, Finances and Taxes of the Federal Statistical Office Germany

Stefan Bender, Federal Employment Agency
Head of the Research Data Center of the Federal Employment Agency at the Institute for Employment Research

Dr. Heinz Herrmann, Deutsche Bundesbank
Head of Research Center Deutsche Bundesbank

Prof. Dr. Bärbel-Maria Kurth, Robert Koch Institute
Head of the Department for Epidemiology and Health Reporting at the Robert Koch Institute

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Rockmann, State Statistical Institute Berlin-Brandenburg
President of the State Statistical Institute Berlin-Brandenburg

Prof. Dr. York Sure, GESIS-Leibniz Institute for Social Research
President of GESIS-Leibniz Institute for Social Research and Professor for Applied Computer Science in the Social Sciences at the Institute for Web Science and Technologies at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz

Dr. Reinhold Thiede, German Pension Insurance
Head of the Department for Research and Development at the German Pension Insurance

Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wagner, German Institute for Economic Research - Chairperson
Member of the Executive Board of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and Professor for Empirical Economic Research and Economic Policy at the Technical University Berlin