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Minister of Labour Hubertus Heil Opens New Institute

The German Institute for Interdisciplinary Social Policy Research (DIFIS) of the Universities of Bremen and Duisburg-Essen (UDE) takes up its work. The Federal Minister Hubertus Heil opens the institute on June 8, 2021. The Federal Ministry provides 8 million euros funds over five years.

The institute is to conduct research on the future issues of social policy and to promote knowledge transfer between science and practice. “It is sending an important message that the Federal Ministry is supporting the establishment of the German Institute for Interdisciplinary Social Policy Research,” emphasizes the President of the University of Bremen, Professor Bernd Scholz-Reiter. “In fact, putting the scientific findings of social policy and inequality research to work in political practice is indispensable.”

“Corona & beyond” is the title of a discussion event on the occasion of the DIFIS opening, with the Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Hubertus Heil, and the managing director of DIFIS, Professor Ute Klammer of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), and the deputy director of DIFIS, Professor Frank Nullmeier (SOCIUM, University of Bremen). The discussion topic is the current challenges of social policy – and thus also of social policy research. The event will be streamed live.

Network for Interdisciplinary Social Policy Research

The DIFIS is to take over the content-based networking and coordination of the Network for Interdisciplinary Social Policy Research (“Fördernetzwerk Interdisziplinäre Sozialpolitikforschung – FIS”), which was established in 2016. With the network, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) is strengthening the research and promotion of early-career researchers in the field of social policy at German universities. The researchers are to have the opportunity to establish themselves within the area of social policy research and the universities can expand, or even newly create structures in social policy and social law research.

Further Information:

„Corona & beyond“. Livestream discussion on current and future challenges for social policy and research on June 8, 2021, starting at 6:30 p.m.:

Opening event program: (in German only)


Prof. Dr. Frank Nullmeier

SOCIUM  Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
University of Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58576

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