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Topical Issues and Renowned Speakers Guarantee Gerd Glaeske and the BKK24 a Full Audience

How can we motivate people of different social backgrounds to change their life style, their fitness behavior and their eating habits in order to live a healthier, longer and more satisfying life? The Second Congress for “A Longer Better Life” offers an interesting program put together by Professor Gerd Glaeske of SOCIUM and the BKK24. The congress will commence on May 14th, 2019 at the Adademie des Sports in Hanover. Since it is still the social background which determines the life expectancy the congress aims at exploring the possibilities to improve the individual motivation. The topical question guaranteed that the congress was fully booked in short time.

The Congress for “A Longer Better Life” is part of the preventive work of the Institute for “A Longer Better Life” which organized by the SOCIUM together with the BKK24.

More information: Longer Better Living.-Institute


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Gerd Glaeske
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58559
E-Mail: gglaeske@uni-bremen.de

Professor Heinz RothgangProfessor Heinz Rothgang
Policy brief by Heinz Rothgang for the State Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein

After Hamburg offered its public officials an allowance for the membership in the public health insurance other states in German also discuss that option. Among them is Schleswig-Holstein. Heinz Rothgang, Professor of Health Economics at SOCIUM, wrote a policy brief for a hearing on this issue in Schleswig-Holstein.

In his policy brief Rothgang underlines four elements: Such a policy increases the choice of the public officials. It also strengthens the solidarity in the health care system, since it brings better risks back into the public system. Furthermore, such a policy reduces the administrative overhead since in the current system two bills for each case have to be processed. And this policy saves public expenditures in the long run since the higher costs of health care for elder people are then fully carried by the insurance system.

Rothgang, thus, supports the proposed policy but wants it based on two principles: First, it has to be voluntary for the public officials. And second the decision, once made, should not be revocable in order to avoid the typical double free-riding: to opt for the cheaper private insurance in younger years and then, when the costs rise in later years, to move to the public system.


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Heinz Rothgang
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58557
E-Mail: rothgang@uni-bremen.de

Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs and Eva Quante-Brandt, Minister of Science, Health and Consumer ProtectionHubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs and Eva Quante-Brandt, Minister of Science, Health and Consumer Protection
Recent Law-Making and the Situation of Social Policy Research subjects of the talk

The Federal Secretary of Labour and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil, visited today SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy. Together with the Minister of Science, Health and Consumer Protection of the State of Bremen, Eva Quante-Brandt, the Federal Minister discussed questions of the situation of social policy research, the possibility of an improved secondary education in social policy affairs as well as issues of recent policy-making, especially the introduction of a basic pension system, with scientists of SOCIUM. Minister Eva Quante-Brandt underlined: “I am happy to see Minister Heil visiting SOCIUM which is one of Bremen’s excellent research facilities. Social sciences are part of the research focuses of Bremen – especially research on inequality and social policy. In these areas we discuss the most imminent questions of our times: What are the causes of inequality? How can we regulate the life-long careers of workers in order to guarantee them a sufficient pension? It’s about the social integration of our society.”

In the discussion it became obvious that low pensions and increasing poverty of elder people develop into a pressing problem which questions the legitimacy of the whole public pension system. Federal Minister Hubertus Heil stated that his ministry already supports the “Fördernetzwerk interdisziplinäre Sozialpolitikforschung (FIS)”. Additional measures will follow. “The Minister of Labour and Social Affairs is dependent on research on social policy beyond the daily political questions in order to discover and solve political problems at a very early stage. Social policy research helps society to discuss the future of the welfare state. I am happy to see that SOCIUM is offering important impulses for these debates and that it participates in the “Fördernetzwerk”.


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58576
E-Mail: frank.nullmeier@uni-bremen.de

Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labour and Social AffairsHubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
Policy Discussion with the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs

High ranking visit to SOCIUM on the afternoon of March 8th, 2019: The Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs visits Bremen and Bremerhaven and will participate in a policy discussion at SOCIUM. Together with the State Minister of Science, Health and Consumer Protection of the City of Bremen, Eva Quante-Brandt and members of SOCIUM the debate will focus on recent developments in social inequality and possible welfare state remedies to this problem.

SOCIUM is one of the few German interdisciplinary social science research facilities which work both on questions of social inequality as well as social policy and welfare state politics. Hence, the debate will likely focus on the recent reform proposals of the Federal Minister concerning a basic pension scheme.


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58576
E-Mail: frank.nullmeier@uni-bremen.de

22.02.2019

Poor Germany?

Soziopolis publishes extensive report on Stephan-Leibfried-Workshop of SOCIUM.

The social science internet platform Soziopolis published an extensive report by the journalist Frauke Hamann on the Stephan-Leibfried-Workshop on Poverty and Poverty-Relief Policies which took place on February 1st, 2019 at the Haus der Wissenschaft, Bremen (in German).

More information: Soziopolis - Gesellschaft beobachten


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58576
E-Mail: frank.nullmeier@uni-bremen.de

Prof. Dr. Heinz RothgangProf. Dr. Heinz Rothgang
Heinz Rothgang member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Center of Gerontology.

One of the mostly overlooked benefits of research centers at universities is their ability to consult and advise political or politics-related institutions. Via this consultation recent research finds its way directly into policy making or administration. Heinz Rothgang, Professor of Health Economics at SOCIUM, recently was appointed member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Center of Gerontology for the next four years.

The German Center of Gerontology is one of the so called Ressortforschungseinrichtungen (ministerial research facilities) of the federal government and is part of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. It focuses on three core activities: collection and public dissemination of important data on demography and gerontology, research on gerontological questions and especially consulting of the Ministry and the Federal Government on demographical change and policies concerning senior citizens. This entails a broad spectrum of issues from work and pension, health, care, family situations, social relations as well as social participation of senior citizens.

The Scientific Advisory Board of the German center of Gerontology consists of nine professors mostly from social scientific faculties. They consult the Center and participate in guiding its research.


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Heinz Rothgang
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58557
E-Mail: rothgang@uni-bremen.de

From left to right: Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier, Anja Stahmann.From left to right: Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier, Anja Stahmann.
Minister of Social Affairs and SOCIUM intensify cooperation.

Shortly before Christmas, the Minister of Social Affairs, Youth, Women, Integration and Sport of the state of Bremen, Anja Stahmann, and the Speaker of SOCIUM, Frank Nullmeier, signed a cooperation agreement which establishes a new foundation for the cooperation of the state administration and the research center. The agreement entails not only regular meetings but also research projects directly intended to profit daily politics and administrative practice.

The cooperation agreement also entails the support of the teaching curriculum of the University of Bremen by offering internships in the administration, advanced training of administrative staff by the experts of the SOCIUM, cooperation on public events and consulting based on social scientific research on welfare state policies. A core aspect of the agreement features a mutual exchange of information on existing data sets. As far as on data protection grounds legally possible these data sets will be used in research projects on social policy and inequality studies in order to improve the evidence based policies and implementation approaches of social policies in the state of Bremen.

The signing of the agreement commenced on December 19th, 2018 at the Ministry of Social Affairs of Bremen. In the small celebration participated the Minister, Anja Strahman, the State Secretary, Jan Fries, the Team of speakers of SOCIUM, Frank Nullmeier and Betina Hollstein as well as the director of the department on health, long-term care and pensions, Heinz Rothgang.


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 7
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58576
E-Mail: frank.nullmeier@uni-bremen.de

German Research Foundation supports establishment of a division for anthropological research data

The grant is part of the Specialised Information Service Social and Cultural Anthropology (FID SKA), managed by the University Library of the Humboldt Universitaet Berlin and QUALISERVICE at Bremen University. One of the aims of FID SKA is to establish QUALISERVICE as a repository also for qualitative ethnographic research data such as audio and video data, field notes and observation protocols offering an adequate solution for the complex archiving requirements of the sometimes highly sensitive research data throughout Germany. Thus, researchers will obtain a reliable source to archive and request ethnological research data for secondary use in research and teaching.

Since 2018 the German Research Foundation (DFG) supports the implementation of QUALISERVICE as a national data service center for social science qualitative research data. Previously QUALISERVICE focused on qualitative interview data. With the new grant the scope will cover the full range of qualitative social science research data.

QUALISERVICE is located at SOCIUM and is headed by Prof. Dr. Betina Hollstein. Archiving is organized together with PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science and the State and University Library Bremen (SuUB). Besides, a coordinated archiving and representation of mixed methods studies will be created together with GESIS – Leibniz Institut für Sozialwissenschaften.

More information:
Specialised Information Service Social and Cultural Anthropology


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Betina Hollstein
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 9
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58512
E-Mail: betina.hollstein@uni-bremen.de

Cover Cover "Longer better living."-Book (in German)
Prevention recommendations implemented in everyday life.

The EPIC study, a long-term 13-year study of 20,000 participants in Norfolk, which showed the positive effects of four different health behaviors, forms the basis of this publication. Sufficient exercise, abstinence from smoking, five servings of vegetables and fruit per day, and limited alcohol consumption resulted in a life-time gain of up to 14 years. In order to facilitate the implementation of these rules in everyday life instructions, tips and evidence-based expert advice have been compiled here (in German).

Prof. Dr. Gerd Glaeske and Friederike Höfel from the "Longer better living."-Institute, which is dedicated to the implementation of these prevention goals, published this book together with Friedrich Schütte and Jörg Nielaczny of the BKK24.

More information about publication: Glaeske, Gerd; Höfel, Friederike; Schütte, Friedrich; Nielaczny, Jörg (Ed.), 2019: "Länger besser leben." Für eine bessere Gesundheit und mehr Wohlbefinden, "Länger besser leben."-Institut, BKK24, Bremen, Obernkirchen: Selbstverlag


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Gerd Glaeske
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58559
E-Mail: gglaeske@uni-bremen.de

Dipl.-Soz. Friederike Höfel
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58520
E-Mail: fhoefel@uni-bremen.de