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Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board of the Foundation is composed of independent scholars and scientists from various professions. The members of the Advisory Board are high-level experts from relevant disciplines. Prof. Dr Hans-Günther Rossbach is Chairman of the Advisory Board. In this capacity, he chairs the meetings and justifies the recommendations of the Board.

Scientific Advisory Board "Haus der kleinen Forscher"
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Members at the inaugural meeting in March 2015: from left Kauertz, Wiesmüller, Tietze, Möller, Rossbach, Schober, Wollring, Becker-Stoll, Kalicki (c) Stiftung Haus der kleinen Forscher

Prof. Dr Hans-Günther Rossbach, University of Bamberg
Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Board

“As an early childhood educator, I welcome initiatives that set themselves the task of improving educational support in our early childhood education and care centres. The “Haus der kleinen Forscher” is not only one of the major initiatives in this area and very well known. What also makes it convincing is its concept. I am pleased to be able to assume the chair of the Scientific Advisory Board.”

Hans-Günther Rossbach holds the chair of early childhood and family pedagogy at the University of Bamberg. Since 2014, he has been director of the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories, and since 2012 he has been project manager of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS). His work and research areas include quality appraisal in early childhood education and care centres, longitudinal analyses of the impact of early childhood care, cross-national comparative studies, and the transition from pre-primary to primary education.

Prof. Dr Fabienne Becker-Stoll, Staatsinstitut für Frühpädagogik (IFP), Munich

“I am interested in children’s competence development. The ‘Haus der kleinen Forscher’ programme offers the opportunity to positively influence the quality of early childhood education nationwide.” 

Fabienne Becker-Stoll is head of the State Institute of Early Childhood Research (IFP) in Munich and professor of developmental psychology. Her research interests include quality in early childhood education and care centres.

Prof. Dr Marcus Hasselhorn, German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF), Frankfurt

“For the accompanying research studies, the Foundation has been successful in enlisting the participation of leading empirical education researchers in Germany. A major added value of the research approach adopted is that, in addition to questions related to the professionalisation of teachers and educators, effects at the level of the children are also examined.”

Marcus Hasselhorn is executive director of the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) in Frankfurt. His current work and research foci include the development of individual prerequisites for successful learning in early childhood education, learning and performance problems, and the modifiability of cognitive learning conditions.

Prof. Dr Bernhard Kalicki, German Youth Institute (DJI), Munich and Protestant University Dresden

“I observe the ambitious research programme of the Foundation with respect.”

Bernhard Kalicki heads the Department of Children and Childcare at the German Youth Institute (DJI) in Munich. Since 2006, he has been professor of early childhood education at the Protestant University Dresden. Among other topics, his work focuses on familial and extra-familial socialisation, early childhood education and care (ECEC), educational reporting, and governance in the pre-primary sector.

Prof. Dr Alexander Kauertz, University of Koblenz-Landau

“What impresses me about the ‘Haus der kleinen Forscher’ is that research results and everyday implementation are combined and that they inspire and inform each other. As a physics educator with projects at the different levels of education, I am looking forward to discussing on the development and research of basic and compatible STEM competencies in this context.”

Alexander Kauertz is professor of physics education at the University of Koblenz-Landau and managing director of the Institute for Science Education and the Centre for Teacher Education at Campus Landau. His research interests include physics competence at all levels of education, science at primary school, learning and the quality of teaching at all levels of education, the promotion of early  childhood science education, and the professionalisation of pre-primary educators.

Prof. Dr Kornelia Möller, University of Münster

“I have been dealing for a long time with the study of teaching and learning processes, the professionalisation of teachers, and the development of teaching and learning materials and professional development programmes for the area of scientific and technical Sachunterricht [a subject taught at primary school familiarising pupils with scientific and technical phenomena and with social, economic and historical aspects of their local area]. I am looking forward to advising the Foundation on its next steps at primary level.”

Kornelia Möller is managing university professor of the Department of Didactics of Science Education at the University of Münster. Her research interests include studies on the quality of teaching, competency modelling, conceptual development in physics-related and technical Sachunterricht, transition from primary to secondary level, professional skills of (future) teachers, the  development of learning environments for scientific and technical Sachunterricht, and the development of professional development programmes for scientific and technical Sachunterricht.

Prof. Dr Jörg Ramseger, Freie Universität Berlin

"Neither the state nor the family are solely responsible for the education of our children. Society needs civil society actors such as the non-profit ‘Haus der kleinen Forscher’ Foundation to advance innovation and quality development in education, something that the state does not always find easy."

Jörg Ramseger is professor of school pedagogies and director of the Center for Research in Primary Education at the Freie Universität Berlin. He is also the director of the Institute for School Development at the International Academy Berlin for Innovative Pedagogy, Psychology and Economics (INA) gGmbH. His research interests include primary education, science didactics, particularly in primary school, and school development. He is also a consultant to various national and overseas foundations and school administrations.

Prof. Dr Ortwin Renn, University of Stuttgart and acatech – the National Academy of Science and Technology

Ortwin Renn holds the chair of environmental sociology and technology assessment at the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Stuttgart. He is also director of the Stuttgart Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies at the University of Stuttgart (ZIRIUS). His research interests lie in the areas of risk research, technology assessment, environmental economics and sociology, interdisciplinary technology research, and science and technology communication.

Prof. Dr C. Katharina Spieß / Prof. Pia Schober, Ph.D, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and Freie Universität Berlin

C. Katharina Spieß is head of the Department of Education and Family at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and professor of family and education economics at the Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with DIW Berlin. Her areas of specialty include various topics in family and education economics. Of particular interest to her are questions related to early childhood education and care policies. She takes on the advisory task together with Pia S. Schober, a research associate with the Department of Education and Family at DIW Berlin. Pia Schober's research focuses on early childhood family and education policy, the reconciliation of work and family life, and gender and educational inequalities.

Prof. Dr Wolfgang Tietze, PädQuis gGmbH, an affiliated institute of the Alice Salomon University, Berlin

“The definition, measurement and improvement of the quality of education are close to my heart; I was happy to support the Foundation in developing the certification programme.”

Wolfgang Tietze is a former director of the Early Childhood Education section of the Department of Education and Psychology at the Freie Universität Berlin. He is managing director of PädQuis, an affiliated institute of the Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin that offers research, development, and further training in pedagogic quality in the field of early childhood education and care. He plays a leading role in the development of diverse evaluation instruments for scale-based quality development in early childhood education and day care facilities.

Prof. Dr Christian Wiesmüller, Karlsruhe University of Education, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Bildung e.V. (DGTB)

“That technology is an educational subject with its own theory and practice is often not yet recognised. The “Haus der kleinen Forscher” Foundation accords technology this status. The emphases it places in its work benefit general technical education.”

Christian Wiesmüller is professor of the didactics of technology and director of the Didactics of Technology Department at Karlsruhe University of Education, Institute of Physics and Didactics of Technology. He is the first chairperson of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Bildung e.V. (German Association for the Didactics of Technology). His work and research areas include the formation of the philosophical and theoretical basis of the didactics of technology and the profile of the didactics of technology as a specialised educational science discipline.

Prof. Dr Bernd Wollring, University of Kassel

“The ‘Haus der kleinen Forscher’ Foundation is planning to implement the topic of mathematics on a larger scale. I observe this development with great respect and explicitly support the high quality of the existing resources in the field.”

Bernd Wollring is emeritus professor of the didactics of mathematics at the University of Kassel. His work and research focus on the design of learning environments for teaching mathematics, natural differentiation, and geometry. In addition, he delivers professional development courses in this area for early childhood educators and teachers.

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