25 Years of SOEP

25 Waves of SOEP

A major theme of our work in 2008 and 2009 has been 25 Waves of SOEP.

In early 2008, the 25th wave of SOEP went into the field, the research achievements of the SOEP department were evaluated by the German Council of Sciences and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) in the framework of the "Research Rating in Sociology," the development of the SOEP sample was discussed—and celebrated a bit—at the 2008 SOEP Conference under the motto "A Quarter of a Century," and several publications appeared looking back over the organizational and content changes that have taken place in the SOEP survey over the last 25 waves.

The year 2009 saw the Evaluation of the SOEP Service Facility by the German Council of Sciences and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) and the preparation and distribution of the 25th wave survey data to SOEP users. Furthermore, "20 Years of German Unification" provided us an occasion to compile a range of publications and information reflecting the process of unification in the SOEP data.