Staff and community news October 2020

Personnel news of September 28, 2020

  • Ulrike Ehrlich of the German Centre of Gerontology (DZA), Lara Minkus and Moritz Hess of SOCIUM, Bremen, received the Best Paper Award 2020 for young researchers from the German Society for Demography in April 2020. The paper, entitled “Einkommensrisiko Pflege? Der Zusammenhang von familiärer Pflege und Lohn” (“The care-wage penalty: the association between family care and wages“) and published in the Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, uses SOEP data to investigate how care for family members within the home affects individual income.
    The article can be accessed  at: DOI 10.1007/s00391-019-01666-5
    DZA press release (in German)

  • Miriam Gauer joined the SOEP as a research associate in August 2020. As a member of the Survey Methodology and Management division, she is working on the SOEP migration samples, documentation, and the generation of migration-related variables and constructs. Her research interests are gender differences and gender equality in processes of integration.

  • Viola Hilbert joined the SOEP in October 2020 as a Ph.D. candidate supervised by Carsten Schröder. She obtained a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Konstanz. Her research interests include income and wealth distributions, particularly wealth inequalities and social mobility.

  • Prof. Reinhard Hujer deceased
    The SOEP mourns the death of Prof. Reinhard Hujer, who passed away on August 13, 2020, at the age of 79. Hujer, who held a professorship in statistics and econometrics at Goethe University Frankfurt, was a leading participant in Collaborative Research Center 3, “Microanalytical Foundations of Social Policy,” the project from which the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) emerged in 1982. Hujer supported the SOEP’s work in numerous ways over the course of many years. He served as a member of the SOEP Advisory Board from 1990-1992 and used the SOEP data extensively in widely published research.

A detailed obituary can be found on the website of Goethe University Frankfurt.

  • Jannes Jacobsen completed his doctorate at the Humboldt University of Berlin with the rating of summa cum laude. His dissertation was entitled “Establishing a Survey of Refugees in Germany: Challenges in Sampling, Field Work and Measurement”. 

  • Peter Krause was awarded the Research Fellow Award 2020 of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS).

  • Stefan Liebig was appointed to the DFG’s Interdisciplinary Commission for Pandemic Research, which was founded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. The commission aims to strengthen basic research and identify research needs. The eighteen members representing all scientific disciplines, including SOEP Director Stefan Liebig, convened for their first meeting on June 15, 2020, chaired by DFG President Katja Becker. For more information, see the DFG press release.
  • Katharina Poschmann, a member of the SOEP research staff from 2014 to 2018, successfully completed her doctoral thesis on “Workplace characteristics or personality: What determines participation in continuing education?” in May 2020 in the Department of Political and Social Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin.

  • Alina Zainullina began her training as a Specialist in Market and Social Research at the SOEP in September. This makes her the eighth trainee in this program at the SOEP, and we wish her the same success as her predecessors.