Federal Institute for Population Research

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Federal Institute for Population
Research BiB

Federal Institute for Population Research logo.svg
position Federal research institute
legal form unincorporated federal agency
Supervisory authority Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs
founding February 12, 1973
Headquarters Wiesbaden
Authority management Norbert F. Schneider , director
Servants 38
Budget volume 4.01 million EUR (2019)
Web presence www.bib.bund.de
The Federal Institute for Population Research in Wiesbaden

The Federal Institute for Population Research ( BiB ) with headquarters in Wiesbaden is founded in 1973, is not legally responsible German Federal Institute in division of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for construction and home . It examines the causes and consequences of demographic change with the aim of providing political advice and informing the public and is managed in an administrative partnership with the Federal Statistical Office .


The tasks of the institute include:

  1. to conduct scientific research on population issues and related family issues as a basis for the work of the Federal Government;
  2. to collect scientific knowledge in this area and to make it usable, in particular to publish it;
  3. to inform the Federal Government of important events in this area and to advise it on individual issues;
  4. to support the Federal Ministry of the Interior in international cooperation on population issues, particularly within the framework of the United Nations and the Council of Europe .

In order to fulfill these tasks, the Federal Institute is in contact with similar scientific institutions at home and abroad. The institute works on a wide-ranging scientific program, including third-party funded projects , and awards work contracts . In addition, the BiB is in charge of the federal and state demography portal.

organization structure

The interdisciplinary research team consists of sociologists , demographers , economists , geographers , political scientists , mathematicians and statisticians who specialize in the field of demography .

The BiB is organized into three research areas:

  • Family and fertility
  • Migration and mobility
  • Demographic change and aging

The institute has been headed by Norbert F. Schneider since April 1, 2009 . It is also advised by a board of trustees made up of scientists and representatives from federal ministries and federal states .


The most important publication series of the Federal Institute for Population Research is the freely accessible "Comparative Population Studies - Journal for Population Science" (CPoS) with four issues per year. “Contributions to Population Science”, the BiB series of publications, in which topic-specific problems are fundamentally dealt with in the form of a monograph or an anthology, appears at irregular intervals. In addition, “Population Research News” provides information on current population issues in a popular scientific manner. The "Materials on Population Science" have been replaced by the series "BiB Working Papers", which have the character of working papers, research reports or the like, and "BiB Data and Method Reports", in which BiB data sets and methods are documented. In addition, brochures are created or updated at irregular intervals, which are intended to bring lay people closer to topics relevant to the population.

Research fields for the future

Germany is currently confronted with a number of population-related challenges. Research focuses therefore on aging, demographic differences between East and West Germany, family structures, ways of life and birth rates. Other fields of work include regional population processes, the migration of Germans, the refinement of demographic model calculations as well as world population and development issues .


Initially, the institute was provisionally headed by Hermann Schubnell (1910–1996), the first full director of the BiB was the anthropologist Hans Wilhelm Jürgens .

The medical statistician Siegfried Koller was a member of the founding board of trustees of the BiB . This was and is controversial insofar as it was concerned with population policy and, among other things, the solution of the so-called " anti-social problem" during National Socialism .


The BiB is a cooperation partner in important international research projects such as GGP, PPAS / DIALOG, FEMAGE, FFS and JobMob.

Furthermore, the BiB takes an active role within the German Society for Demography (DGD) and the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS). In cooperation with EAPS, the institute also organized the European Population Conference (EPC), the largest European conference on demographic research, in Mainz in 2016 . It is also a member of the Population Europe network .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Federal Budget 2020 - Section 06 - Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Building and Home Affairs. Federal Ministry of Finance, accessed on August 27, 2020 (overview of positions / positions: page 301).
  2. Bundeshaushalt.de: www.Bundeshaushalt.de. Retrieved August 30, 2019 .
  3. Hansjörg Gutberger: Population, Inequality, Selection , VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2006, ISBN 978-3-531-14925-7 , p. 104
  4. Dangerous questions. The brown shadows of her institute fell on the population researcher Charlotte Höhn. Does she think racially? In: Der Spiegel . No. 38 , 1994 ( online ).