from left to right: Prof. Dr. Karin Gottschall, Dr. Waltraut Schelkle, Dr. Herbert Rische, Prof. Dr. Annete Zimmerfrom left to right: Prof. Dr. Karin Gottschall, Dr. Waltraut Schelkle, Dr. Herbert Rische, Prof. Dr. Annete Zimmer
After a break of three years, the advisory board of the Center for Social Policy Research met for an on-sight visit on 10th May 2012.

The following speakers were present: Dr. Herbert Rische (Präsident, Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund), Dr. Waltraud Schelkle (London School of Economics), Prof. Dr. Annette Zimmer (Universität Münster) as well as guests of the advisory board: Dr. Carolin Balzer from the Bremen Science Administration, the deputy head of research of the University of Bremen, Prof. Dr. Rolf Drechsler, the chancellor of the University, Gerd-Rüdiger Kück, and finally Staatsrat Dr. Joachim Schuster.

After an opening event in the plenary, on-sight visits took place in each department lasting all day. In discussions with employees, the major lines of research of the reporting period were discussed as well as perspectives for the future. The result of the advisory board was positive throughout. The following was particularly stressed in the final report:

  • that the academic value of the years 2009-2011 as regards quality and quantity is extremely high and meets demanding international standards. This concerns the production of articles and books as well as the choice of the reported magazines and publishers. The high scientific standard is also shown in an active international exchange, which is maintained by each department and likewise by the whole institute.

  • that the institute provides and excellent and visible contribution to the social political discussion in Germany due to its broad range of topics.

  • that the institute provides a specific and recognizable contributions towards teaching at the University of Bremen with an innovative and constantly internationalizing Master in Social Policy as well as M.A and B.A courses in "Public Health".

  • last but not least the promotion of young researchers and especially female researchers which is exemplary at the ZeS. The most striking example is the Emmy Noether junior research group on the topic "Paid work beyond retirement age in Germany and the UK" which represents the plurality of methods and the transdisciplinarity of the institute.

The next advisory board meeting including on-sight visits and evaluation will be taking place in 2014. In order to bridge the time gap and to intensify the content-related integration of the board of trustees, the ZeS will also in 2013 be offering different formats of cooperation (lectures, workshops, conferences).

We are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation!

The committee is comprised of representatives of research and practical experts in social policy:

  • Prof. Dr. Jochen Clasen (University of Edinburgh)
  • Prof. Dr. Eckhard Knappe (Universität Trier)
  • Dr. Arnold Knigge (former council of state, Bremen)
  • Dr. Herbert Rische (president, Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund - German pension insurance)
  • Prof. Dr. Waltraud Schelkle (The London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London)
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wasem (University of Duisburg-Essen)
  • Prof. Dr. Annette Zimmer (University of Münster)

Dr. Christian Peters