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Anniversary year 2024

IZeF turns 10 years old

The IZeF has now been in existence for 10 years as a scientific institution of the Faculty of Human Sciences at the University of Cologne. This is the occasion for various activities in the anniversary year and the big anniversary celebration on June 13, 2024 under the motto "It depends on the teacher and their teaching. 10 years of empirical professional and teaching research at the IZeF of the University of Cologne."

Anniversary volume

On the occasion of IZeF's 10th anniversary, it is time for a summary of core results from various research projects. The anniversary volume provides an overview of what has been achieved, examines examples in greater depth and at the same time highlights the IZeF's key development prospects for the coming years. The thematic focus of the IZeF lies in the areas of competence measurement and effectiveness of teacher education, media and digitalization, language education, persistence and change in schools, teaching and the teaching profession as well as mental health in educational institutions. Two research projects from each of these five areas are presented as examples in this volume. Two further chapters reflect on and take stock of the interdisciplinary research carried out by the IZeF to date from the perspective of special education and subject didactics.


König, J., Hanisch, C., Hanke, P., Hennemann, T., Kaspar, K., Martens, M., & Strauß, S. (eds.) (2024). It depends on the teacher and their teaching. Ten years of empirical profession and teaching research at the IZeF of the University of Cologne. Münster: Waxmann. Download

Anniversary celebration

Our anniversary celebration took place on June 13 to mark the 10th anniversary of IZeF. With more than 100 participants in person and digitally as well as a varied program with various lectures and discussion panels, the IZeF was examined from the first idea to today's developments.

A special highlight of the anniversary celebration was the graphic recording, which was created live during the celebration. The anniversary was an occasion to celebrate, remember and look ahead. The graphic recording illustrates the many inspiring speeches, significant successes and wonderful moments of the celebration.

Graphical Recording

Anniversary lectures

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the IZeF, four lectures will be held as part of the lecture "Innovation & Profession" (event number: 14400.0000) by Prof. Herzmann and Prof. König. Students and external guests are cordially invited to attend! In addition to the insight into exciting research projects, there will be the opportunity to exchange ideas with the scientists present. Further information and the dates can be found here.


We would like to thank the University Foundation, the University and City Library of Cologne and the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Human Sciences for their support!