Juliane Brauer


Juliane Brauer, researcher at the Center for the History of Emotions, and, since the summer semester of 2018, interim professor of History and its Didactics at the University of Wuppertal, was awarded the Wuppertaler Lehrlöwen 2018 for outstanding teaching. The prize is awarded annually to the best lecturers at the University of Wuppertal as determined by students’ course evaluations.

Juliane Brauer
Jürgen Baumert Porträt


Jürgen Baumert, Director emeritus of the Emeritus Group Educational Research, receives a special prize for his lifetime achievement. The prize was awarded for the first time by the Society for Empirical Educational Research (Gesellschaft für Empirische Bildungsforschung, GEBF). In the opinion of the GEBF Executive Board, there would be no German-language empirical educational research without the scientific achievements of Jürgen Baumert. The prize is also intended to pay tribute to Baumert's great and successful commitment to the promotion of young scientists.

The prize will be awarded at the GEBF conference on 25 February 2019 in Cologne. Jürgen Baumert will give a testimonial lecture afterwards.

Jürgen Baumert
Unwetter WEXICOM


German National Weather Service (DWD) provides funding for a third project phase of WEXICOM.

WEXICOM investigates how to advance the communication, understanding, and use of the uncertainty of severe weather forecasts. The ultimate goal is to foster the ability to make decisions that minimize risks during extreme weather events.
Within the next four years, the project will test the potential of providing probabilistic “impact” forecasts—that is, forecasts that translate what the weather might be to what the weather might do.
WEXICOM is a transdisciplinary project involving meteorology (FU Berlin), psychology (Center for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development), and the social sciences (Forschungsforum Öffentliche Sicherheit (FÖS), Disaster Research Unit (DRU), FU Berlin)

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Photo: Alexander Bütow/FU Berlin

Gert G. Wagner: Teaser


Gert G. Wagner has been appointed Senior Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development until the end of 2023 by the President of the Max Planck Society, Martin Stratmann. The Max Planck Fellow Program promotes cooperation between outstanding university professors and Max Planck Society researchers.

Gert Georg Wagner
Gert G. Wagner: Teaser


Gert G. Wagner has been reappointed to Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection’s Advisory Council for Consumer Affairs (SVRV). The Advisory Council, which was set up in 2014, advises policy makers and prepares expert reports on the position of consumers in Germany. Its goal is to use research findings to help shape consumer policy. The Advisory Council began its second term of office on 10 December 2018.

Gert Georg Wagner
Gert G. Wagner und CdS Christian Gaebler Verleihung Bundesverdienstkreuz


Max Planck Fellow Gert G. Wagner has been awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by the Federal President for his work in communicating science to policy makers and society at large. “Professor Wagner contributes to the societal and socio-political discussion not only as a scientist, but also through his voluntary work in many important functions,” said Christian Gaebler, head of the Berlin Senate Chancellery, during the award ceremony. Gert G. Wagner has been a Max Planck Fellow at the MPI for Human Development since 2008. As a policy advisor, he is a member of the German Federal Government's Committee on Pensions and the Advisory Council for Consumer Affairs.

Photo: Vaugn Mortenson

Gert Georg Wagner
Bahador Bahrami Portrait


Bahador Bahrami, visiting researcher in the Center for Adaptive Rationality, has been awarded a Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). Funded by the European Union, ERC Consolidator Grants provide outstanding researchers embarking on an independent research career with funding of up to €2 million. Bahador Bahrami, psychologist at the LMU Munich, will use the grant to investigate how overconfidence in one’s own abilities impacts the quality of group decision making, and to develop interventions to improve the quality of collective decision making.

Bahador Bahrami
Logo Science of Intelligence


On 27 September 2018, the DFG (German Research Council) announced the Clusters of Excellence that will each receive up to €10 million annually for an initial seven years as part of Germany’s Excellence Strategy. The MPIB’s Center for Adaptive Rationality will participate in Science of Intelligence (SCIoI), a joint Cluster of Excellence with the TU Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The aim of the interdisciplinary cluster is to investigate the fundamental laws and principles of intelligence.

Center for Adaptive Rationality (ARC)

Gert G. Wagner: Teaser


Max Planck Fellow Gert G. Wagner has again been recognized as one of Germany’s most influential economists in the yearly ranking published by the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.). Since 2013, the FAZ ranking has measured the performance of leading economists in terms of their media presence, citations in academic literature, and political influence.

Gert Georg Wagner
Ute Frevert at Doctoral Conferment Ceremony


Ute Frevert, Director of the Center for the History of Emotions, has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Tampere, Finland. The Faculty of Social Sciences decided to honor Ute Frevert especially for her contribution to the study of the history of the emotions and her pioneering work in social history, gender history, and the history of masculinity. The title was awarded on 16 August 2018 in Tampere.

(Photo: Jonne Renvall/University of Tampere)

Ute Frevert