Emeriti & Fellow


The directors emeriti Jürgen Baumert, Gerd Gigerenzer, and Karl Ulrich Mayer continue to pursue their research at the MPI for Human Development.

Jürgen Baumert’s work focuses on learning and instruction, schooling and the life course, bilingual education in multicultural societies, and academic and psychosocial adjustment of immigrant youth. more
“We need, now more than ever, to arm ourselves with knowledge about how to make better decisions in a digital age,” says Gerd Gigerenzer. 
Karl Ulrich Mayer continues to work on social inequalities and the life course, especially on the basis of longitudinal studies like the German Life History Study and the National Educational Panel–comprising cohorts born between 1919 and 2000. View his publication list. more

Max Planck Fellow

Several years ago, the Max Planck Society established the Max Planck Fellow Program to further strengthen research collaboration between its institutes and neighboring universities and other research institutions.

Gert G. Wagner, Professor of Economics, collaborates with researchers from the Center for Adaptive Rationality, the Center for Lifespan Psychology, the Lise Meitner Group for Environmental Neuroscience, and the Max Planck Research Group Biosocial—Biology, Social Disparities, and Development. Wagner is part of the faculty of the International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE) and, together with Ulman Lindenberger, is co-principal investigator of the Berlin Aging Study II (BASE-II) at the Institute.  more
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