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IFS Virtual Keynote Series

The Center for Research on Education and School Development (IFS) at TU Dortmund University organizes the IFS Virtual Keynote Series, an event that is internationally oriented and dedicated to significant topics in empirical educational research.

Start: 16.01.2023 und 23.01.2023, both at 3:15  p.m.
End: 16.01.2023 und 23.01.2023, both at 5:45 Uhr p.m.
Location: Online

In 2023, the IFS Virtual Keynote Series will be devoted to topics of great importance to empirical educational research: Gender, Education, and Development across the Lifespan and Agency and Structures in Education and Development across the Lifespan. The event will take place online via Zoom.

Renowned international researchers will present their research findings in these areas and will be available for subsequent discussion. The aim is to shed light on the topics in an interdisciplinary manner. In addition, different theoretical approaches as well as methodological approaches will be presented and different research findings on the main topics will be compiled.

We are looking forward to the upcoming IFS Virtual Keynote!

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The detailed program is available for download here.

16th January
03:15 - 05:45 p.m.

Gender, Education, and Development across the Lifespan

Gender Inequalities Across the Educational Lifespan: Challenges for Scholars and Schools

Gender Gaps in Education: The Role of Stereotypes


Prof. Claudia Buchmann, PhD
(The Ohio State University)

Prof. Mieke van Houtte, PhD (Ghent University)
23rd January
03:15 - 05:45 p.m.

Agency and Structures in Education and Development across the Lifespan

Individual Agency and Societal Structuring of Life Course and Social Mobility

The Interplay of Agency and Structure in Educational Trajectories: Evidence from different Cohorts and


Prof. Jutta Heckhausen, PhD (UC Irvine)

Prof. Dr. Kaspar Burger (University of Zurich)

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Location & approach

The most convenient highway exits are on the B 1/A 40 (Dortmund-Barop) (closer to the North Campus) and on the A45 (Dortmund-Eichlinghofen). The university is signposted at both exits. In the local road network you will find signs to Campus Nord, where the Campus Treff is also located. From Emil-Figge-Strasse, entrance no. 18 and from Vogelspothsweg entrance no. 23 lead to parking spaces near the venue.

From Dortmund main station, take the S-Bahn "S1" in the direction of Solingen on track 7 to the stop "Dortmund-Universität" (price level A). The S-Bahn runs every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays and takes about 6 minutes. From Düsseldorf, the S-Bahn runs every 30 minutes. Directly at the S-Bahn station you will find the CDI building, which houses the Center for Research on Education and School Development.

One of the university's landmarks is the H-Bahn, which has two terminuses on the North Campus. One is located directly above the S-Bahn station and is easily accessible from it by elevators. The other is located in the center of Campus North at the bridge between the University Library and the Mensa, right next to the Audimax. The H-Bahn runs from here to the South Campus and the Eichlinghofen district.

Dortmund has an airport connected with some destinations in Central Europe. There are regular flights, for example, to Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Katowice, Krakow, Leipzig-Halle, London, Munich, Nuremberg, Paris, Poznan, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. For the approximately 20 kilometers from the Dortmund airport to the campus, you can take the bus to the main train station and from there the S-Bahn. Faster is usually the use of a cab. Far more international flight connections are offered by the Rhine-Ruhr Airport in Düsseldorf, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.