Short CV/Education and training

  • 1974 – 1978
    Studies towards secondary-school teaching certification I, Pedagogical University of the Rhineland and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany

  • 1978 – 1980
    Internship 'Teacher Education' in Düsseldorf

  • 1980
    Second state examination

  • 1980 – 1982
    Studies towards a Diplom degree in education researchat the University of Essen, Germany - comprehensive university

  • 1982
    Diplom degree

  • 1987
    Dr. phil.

  • 1991
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification)

  • 1993 – 1998
    Initially a member, later spokesperson of the German Research Foundation (DFG) priority programme "FABER - Consequences of work migration for education"

  • 1994 – 1998
    Member of the executive committee, German Educational Research Association GERA/DGfE (

  • 1998 – 2002
    President of the German Educational Research Association GERA/DGfE

  • 2004 – 2009
    President of the European Educational Research Association EERA (

  • 2009 – 2010
    Founding president of the World Education Research Association WERA (

  • 2013
    Honorary doctorate awarded by the Technische Universität Dortmund (March 2013)

  • 2016 – 2019
    Review Board member German Research Foundation DFG

  • 2017
    Honorary doctorate awarded by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (March 2017)

  • 2018 – 2020
    President World Education Research Association WERA (

  • 2020 – 2022
    Immediate Past President WERA (

Selected publications

Selected projects

  • Director of the research project Multilingualism in the transition from school to work (in German: MEZ-2) at Universität Hamburg, Germany, 2019-2022

  • Coordinator Diversity and educational change among immigrant families from the perspective of parents and experts (in German: DIWAN), at Universtiät Hamburg, Germany, 2018-2021

  • Coordinator Non-financial Returns to Education in the Form of Social Integration (in German: REdMig) at Universität Hamburg, Germany, 2016-2019

  • Director of the research project Multilingual Development: A Longitudinal Perspective (in German: MEZ) at Universität Hamburg, Germany, 2014-2019

  • Head of the Coordination Office for Multilingualism and Language Formation (KoMBi) at the Universität Hamburg, Germany, 2013 – 2021

  • Family origins and educational success (HeBe): Why do populations with different origins have different levels of educational attainment? On the interaction of social and cultural capital in the educational attitudes of immigrant families, together with B. Nauck, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany, 2012 – 2014

  • Director of the FÖRMIG Competency Centre of Universität Hamburg, Germany, 2010 – 2013

  • Vice-coordinator, Linguistic Diversity Management in Urban Areas – LiMA (Hamburg state university excellence cluster), 2009 - 2012

  • Project coordinator, European Educational Research Quality Indicators – EERQI (7th Framework Programme), 2008 - 2011

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the academic advisory council German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (in German: Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung – Leibniz-Zentrum für Lebenslanges Lernen e.V. (DIE))

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Georg Eckert Institute – Leibniz Institute for International Textbook Research, Braunschweig, Germany

  • Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board Bildung und Begabung, Bonn, Germany

  • Scientific Committee of the German Institute for International Research in Pedagogy (in German: DIPF) member since 2008 – 2018, chair from december 2015 till September 2018, Frankfurt, Germany

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Nationale Dekade der Alphabetisierung, Bonn, Germany

  • Co-Editor of the journal Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft-ZfE (Journal of Educational Research)


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