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Member of SOCIUM receives the Award for Family Sociology of the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Soziologie (ÖGS) as well as the AK-Wissenschaftspreis 2019 of the Arbeitnehmerkammer Salzburg

The double award honors Ruth Abramowski, since March 2019 Postdoc at SOCIUM, for her PhD thesis “Bringing Power Back In: Zur Kontinuität traditioneller innerhäuslicher Arbeitsteilungsarrangements in Paarbeziehungen – Ein europäischer Vergleich” which she successfully defended at the University of Salzburg, Austria. How can we explain the division of responsibility for family work in partner relationships in various European countries? And what effects does this have on the implementation of societal norms based on equal rights? Ruth Abramowski discusses in her PhD thesis central questions of family sociology from a new perspective which entails a typology of individual, cultural and institutional dimensions of power.

Partner relationships reflect not only societal, culturally determined behavioral norms and their dynamics over time. They are also the manifestation of power relationships. Since current research usually neglects this vital fact many well-intentioned suggestions for the improvement of the equal distribution of this family work are bound to fail. Both awards praise not only the refreshingly new perspective of the analysis but also the micro as well as macro sociologically based theoretical argument and method. The thesis offers new venues for interesting research in a central area of family sociology.

The ÖGS award honors excellent PhD theses in the area of family sociology defended at Austrian university in the last three years. The AK Wissenschaftspreis supports young scholars of all disciplines at the institutions of higher education in Salzburg and was awarded for PhD or MA theses of the last two years. Ruth Abramowski received her BA in Social Sciences from the University of Stuttgart, her MA in Social Sciences from the University of Oldenburg and her PhD from the University of Salzburg.

Contact:
Dr. Ruth Abramowski
University of Bremen
SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik
Mary-Somerville-Str. 5
28359 Bremen

Tel.: +49 (0)421 218-58550
E-Mail: ruth.abramowski@uni-bremen.de

 

Olaf Groh-Samberg in sociology and Frank Nullmeier in political science successful

Every four years all scientists active in research in Germany are asked to elect the members of the Review Boards of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). In this year’s election two members of SOCIUM were successful. Olaf Groh-Samberg was elected for the first time as a member for empirical social research. Frank Nullmeier was reelected as a member for political science in the Review Board for Social Sciences.

The Review Boards of the DFG are important institutions in the peer review process for applications for research funding. Potential members are recommended by universities and research institutions (Max-Planck, Leibniz, Frauenhofer etc.) but most importantly by the associations of the different research disciplines. Olaf Groh-Samberg was not only recommended by a dozen universities but also by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie. Frank Nullmeier received support from both German political science associations, the Deutsche Vereinigung für Politikwissenschaft as well as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft. The newly elected Review Boards will commence their work on February 2020.

more Information:
https://www.dfg.de/dfg_profil/gremien/fachkollegien/fk_wahl2019/index.jsp


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. Olaf Groh-Samberg
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 9
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-66440
E-Mail: olaf.grohsamberg@uni-bremen.de

Deutsche Rentenversicherung appoints SOCIUM member for a three-year term

Rarely known but very useful: The Deutsche Rentenversicherung finances important social science research in the area of old-age security. Since 2001 this is institutionally organized in the Forschungsnetzwerk Alterssicherung (FNA) which supports research projects, research scholarships, workshops, a research award and a graduate colloquium.

In order to secure the quality of this research Deutsche Rentenversicherung institutionalized a Board consisting of 16 members, eight of which are representatives of Deutsche Rentenversicherung and eight more are scientists from various disciplines. On October this year Deutsche Rentenversicherung appointed Frank Nullmeier for a three-year term as a member of this Board.

more information:
https://www.fna-rv.de

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier
Universität Bremen
SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik
Mary-Somerville-Str. 5
28359 Bremen

Tel.: +49 (0)421-218-58576
E-Mail: frank.nullmeier@uni-bremen.de

Authors from the SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy at the University of Bremen present the BARMER Long-Term Care Report for 2019

This year's BARMER Long-Term Care Report was presented today at the Conference Centre of the Federal Press Conference House in Berlin. The analysis of new living arrangements with long-term care provision is the central focus of this year’s Report. It also includes a review of LTC insurance 25 years since its inception. As in previous years, the authors – Professor Dr. Heinz Rothgang and Dr. Rolf Müller – continue to deliver in-depth analyses of case numbers, incidences, prevalences and long-term care trajectories. The data used for the Report are primarily long-term care statistics for the year 2017 and claims data provided by the health insurance fund BARMER.

Downloads:
BARMER Long-Term Care Report 2019 (in German)
Statement prepared by Professor Rothgang for the Press Conference
Presentation given by Professor Rothgang at the Press Conference


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

Dr. rer. pol. Rolf Müller
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58554
E-Mail: rmint@uni-bremen.de

SOCIUM mourns Rainer Müller, founding member of the Center for Social Policy and its longtime director

Rainer Müller was both a physician and a sociologist. This explains the breadth of his research interests as well as his unusual willingness as a Professor of Ergonomics and Occupational Medicine to participate in the organization of an interdisciplinary social science research center.

After having studied medicine and received his MD at the University of Münster he studied sociology at the FU Berlin. He became assistant physician in Hagen and Berlin and senior physician at the RWTH Aachen. In 1976 the only recently founded University of Bremen offered him a professorship for occupational medicine. Rainer Müller realized the chances offered to him by this still to be created university. He was one of the first researchers to use health insurance data not only for research in occupational medicine but also in social and health policy. He also initiated the development of Public Health as a new research as well as teaching area here in Bremen. His research interests were wide ranging: from occupational medicine to health policy, the position of the health insurers on occupational rehabilitation, the professionalization of company physicians to the social inequality concerning health and mortality.

This did not only fit well into the research program of the first Bremen Collaborative Research Center 186 “Status Passages and Risks in the Life Course” in 1988 in which he headed one of the research projects. It fitted also well into the concept of a funding application with the VolkswagenStiftung to support the creation of an interdisciplinary Center for Social Policy at the University of Bremen which opened its doors in 1988 and in which he organized and directed the department of health policy, occupational and social medicine. Between 1994 and 2006 he also served as the director of the Center.

Between 1984 and 2009 he additional worked as a company physician in Bremen and between 1989 and 2013 as a lecturer at the Linzer Akademie für Arbeitsmedizin und Sicherheitstechnik. Even after his retirement he nationally and internationally campaigned for an increased consideration of Public and Global Health both in science as well as practice.

We will miss Rainer Müller not only as one of our especially engaging founding members who initiated new research venues. We also lost a caring colleague who knew how to motivate young researchers while at the same time offered them generous room of manoeuver to find their own ways. And we lost a colleague who never forgot that science also has to deliver tangible results for society. The gap left behind by him is large.

Contact:

Prof. Dr. Betina Hollstein

Stanford Sociologist John W. Meyer Gives a Talk at the Haus der Wissenschaft

Since more than 40 years Professor John W. Meyer is known for his work on the question of how institutions diffuse globally based on underlying ideas and worldviews. This fall Meyer is Hans-Koschnick-Professor at the University of Bremen and on Thursday, October 17th, 2019 at 6 pm will give a talk at the Haus der Wissenschaft on a subject which brings him back to one of the roots of his oeuvre: to education and the institution of the university. They are among the central ideas and institutions of Liberalism. The important question of the talk will be whether the recently prevalent ant-liberal thinking also leads to changes in the focus on education (and with it on university).

The talk is in English, there is no admission fee.

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Michael Windzio
Universität Bremen
SOCIUM Forschungszentrum Ungleichheit und Sozialpolitik
Mary-Somerville-Str. 5

28359 Bremen
Tel.: 0421/218-58629
E-Mail: mwindzio@uni-bremen.de

 

Conference at the Haus der Wissenschaft underlines necessity for action and more research

Both social as well as environmental policy research use the notion of sustainability. However, they use it in different forms and with different content. The yet only partially discernable effects of climate change, however, impress the obligation that really “sustainable” policies cannot focus only on one of the aims.

On 23 and 24 September 2019 SOCIUM together with the Forschungsinstitut für gesellschaftliche Weiterentwicklung (FGW), Düsseldorf, the IAQ Institut Arbeit und Qualifikation at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the DFG Research Group Need-Based Justice and Distribution Procedures and the Senatorischen Behörde für Soziales, Jugend, Frauen, Integration und Sport, Bremen, organized an interdisciplinary conference on sustainability in both social as well as ecological terms. In two conference days it is certainly only possible to touch on such large topics. All participants, however, deplored on the one hand the large research gaps in the overlap between social and environmental risks and crises. On the other hand, they sketched out possible next steps to close these gaps in the upcoming years.

On the evening of the first conference day a panel also discussed the situation and perspectives of the journal “Zeitschrift für Sozialreform”. A controversial debate ensued on the possible format of journals at the intersection of academia and practice as well on the question of how sustainable publishing can be organized based on internationalized social sciences but still nationally dominated social laws and policies.

More information
Conference Program

www.fgw-nrw.de
www.iaq.uni-due.de
www.socium.uni-bremen.de

Contact
Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier
University of Bremen
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Str. 5

28359 Bremen
Germany
Tel.: (+49) (0)421-218-58576
E-Mail: frank.nullmeier@uni-bremen.de


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

Cover Innovationsreport 2019Cover Innovationsreport 2019
Study on innovative medicines of the year 2016 in day to day care

This year's Innovation Report rates 21 active ingredients of the total of 31 medicines launched in 2016.

Oncologics were most frequently evaluated, five drugs contain antiviral drugs, three are recombinant coagulation factors. The remaining active ingredients cover eight further indications. For the first time, a vaccine (the HPV vaccine, which i.a. protects against cervical cancer) was rated in this report. Eight medicines were launched with a fast track assessment.

The special chapter of the report is dedicated to the current topic "vaccination and compulsory vaccination" and discusses measles, HPV and flu vaccines in particular.

The data of the RKI, the KiGGS study and the WHO state that the measles vaccination rates have still not been reached. They show that compulsory vaccination, which has already been introduced in some European countries, has not eliminated measles. The Innovation Report 2019 presents various approaches how an increase in vaccination rates could succeed and how the potential arguments of the anti-vaxxers could be. It illustrates the great importance of physician-patient communication in this context. Compulsory measles vaccination should be the ultima ratio - education and information campaigns need to be developed and strengthened in the public.

Although five medicines were rated with a green overall traffic light, the increase in red traffic lights (61% of all assessed medicines) has degraded the hope of a positive development of newly licensed medicines compared to the last year. For six medicines red hand letters with important information for physicians and patients were sent. This also confirms the assumption that current approval studies provide only a limited picture of effects and side effects, therefore pharmacovigilance studies in the "aftermarket" are urgently needed.

Medicines that represent a true therapeutic innovation and have been assessed with a green (added) benefit signal are human papillomavirus vaccines and medicines in cancer treatment of multiple myeloma (Daratumumab and Elotuzumab) and in the treatment of chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (Sacubitril/Valsartan). Only one medicine (Elbasvir/Grazoprevir) is cheaper than the ACT and has been given a green light in this category. Regarding the price twelve medicines were rated as equally expensive (marked with a yellow traffic light) and four medicines as more expensive (marked with a red traffic light). In comparison with already available therapies, five medicines are marked in green, four in yellow, and 14 in red. Thus, only nine of the new medicines on the market contribute to already approved pharmaceuticals in a positive way.

 

Innovation Report 2019:

long version

short version

Presentation of Prof. Dr. Gerd Glaeske


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

Prof. Dr. Karin GottschallProf. Dr. Karin Gottschall
DFG elects new members for its Senate Committee and Grants Committee on Collaborative Research Centres

Recently the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) elected some of the bodies of the DFG. In doing so it elected one of the members of SOCIUM in two important committees. Karin Gottschall, Professor of Sociology at Fachbereich 8 and Department Head at SOCIUM, became member of the Senate Committee on Collaborative Research Centres of the DFG and at the same time member of the Grants Committee on Collaborative Research Centres.

The task of the Senate Committee on Collaborative Research Centres is to participate in the preparation, assessment and decision-making on financing the applications for Sonderforschungsbereiche (Collaborative Research Centers) at the DFG. It consists of 40 scientists from all disciplines.

The Grants Committee, as its name indicates, decides about the financing of applications for Collaborative Research Centers by the DFG. It consists of the 40 members of the Senate Committee plus one representative of the Federal Ministry and one representative each for the 16 Länder governments.


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Karin Gottschall
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 5
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58595
E-Mail: karin.gottschall@uni-bremen.de

The German Data Forum on empirical social, behavioural and economic sciences accredits the research data center QUALISERVICE located at the SOCIUM Research Center of the University of Bremen.

The German Data Forum advises the federal government and is involved in optimizing data infrastructures. Having obtained the accreditation, Qualiservice now aims to strengthen the interests of qualitative research at the level of science policy.

The accreditation by the German Data Forum in June 2019 is a testimony for the hitherto achievements of Qualiservice. For being accredited, research data centers (RDCs) must accord to the criteria of the German Data Forum with regard to data protection and quality as well as continuous dialog with the scientific community. As an accredited RDC, Qualiservice will work with the Standing Committee on Research Data Infrastructure of the German Data Forum. About 30 RDCs, mostly handling quantitative data, are working to establish a new research data infrastructure in specific working groups. Being appointed a member, Qualiservice is given the chance to point out the special requirements that access to sensitive research data entails for secondary use.

Since 2018, the German Research Foundation (GRF) has been funding the perpetuation of Qualiservice as a RDC for sensitive data in qualitative research. As a „living archive“ Qualiservice does not only deposit research data passively, but supports researchers in the documentation process of their research. The aim is to make the research materials generated in the projects available to other scholars for secondary research. The opportunity to reuse and compare data from social research for longitudinals independently of the primary study will be of particular interest in the future.

Qualitative research materials provided by Qualiservice represent for example, interviews or observations. They are available in written form as transcripts or protocols, but also as audio files, photos or video files. These documentations usually refer to personal data, since the interviewees and other research subjects allow the researchers to participate in their lifeworld.
In order to protect research participants’ personal data, Qualiservice has set up secure workflows and a Safe Center. Thereby Qualiservice takes measures to curate sensitive data while complying to data protection regulations. A workplace for visiting scholars enables secondary use directly on site. More anonymised data sets are also provided as scientific use files. Access to the data is contractually regulated and can only be obtained for scientific purposes. The organisation of a quality-oriented RDC requires national and international networking. As a result of the close collaboration with infrastructure facilities and researchers a separate GRF-funded section on ethnographic data was set up. Furthermore, Qualiservice participates in a BMBF-funded project group working on tools to ensure data quality und long term referencing , taking educational data as an example.

Qualiservice is located at the SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy, led by Prof. Dr. Betina Hollstein. In cooperation with PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science and the State and the University Library Bremen (SuUB) Qualiservice is assuring the archiving and dissemination workflows as well as appropriate metadata. Besides, a coordinated archiving and representation of mixed methods studies will be implemented together with GESIS - Leibniz Institut für Sozialwissenschaften. Since 2019 QUALISERVICE works in close cooperation with the DFG-funded Specialised Information Service Social and Cultural Anthropology (FID SKA), located at the University Library of the Humboldt University Berlin.


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