The German Youth Institute (DJI) is one of the largest social science research institutes in Europe. For 60 years, it has been researching the living conditions of children, young people and families, advising the federal government, the states and local authorities and providing important impulses for professional practice. The institute was founded in 1963 and is run by a non-profit association with members from politics, science, associations and child, youth and family welfare institutions, which has its headquarters in Munich.
Prof. Dr. Renate Oberhoffer-Fritz, Dean of the Department of Sport and Health Sciences and head of the Chair of Preventive Pediatrics, is a new member of the DJI's Scientific Board. This advises and accompanies the work of the DJI scientifically. In addition, it discusses the research proﬁl as well as research planning and issues statements on this to the Board of Trustees. It supports the institute in its regular departmental evaluations and makes recommendations on individual research projects.
The Scientific Advisory Board currently consists of 19 experts from Germany and abroad. It is composed of the scientific disciplines and subject areas representing the DJI. In addition to Prof. Oberhoffer-Fritz, Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Wacker, head of the Sociology of Diversity Unit, has also been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board since 2016.
"I am very pleased that we are now represented by two members on the Scientific Advisory Board from the side of our Department," explains Prof. Oberhoffer-Fritz. "We hope for a good cooperation between the DJI and the Department. In particular, the topic area of 'Transitions in Adolescence,' which examines the conditions and management of transition processes in adolescence and young adulthood, offers many interfaces, especially with the professorships of Social Determinants of Health as well as Health Literacy."
In addition to discussing the research profile as well as research planning, quality assurance is another important task of the Scientific Advisory Board. This is ensured by means of regular evaluations and balances of the programs.
"The goal is to further intensify the previous cooperation with the DJI. After our joint lecture series with the Interactive Talks on Child and Adolescent Health between April 2022 and January 2023, we will now jointly organize the first Munich Child and Adolescent Health Day on November 6, 2023, at the TUM Campus in the Olympiapark," says the Dean.
Prof. Dr. Renate Oberhoffer-Fritz
Dean Department of Sport and Health Sciences
Chair of Preventive Pediatrics
phone: 089 289 24574
Text: Romy Schwaiger
Photo: German Youth Institute (DJI)