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The first User Conference of the DZHW will take place on May 16 and 17, 2019 at the Leibnizhaus in Hannover.
It is entitled "1st International DZHW User Conference on Dynamics in the Student and Academic Life Course" and offers the opportunity to present and discuss current empirical longitudinal analyses from the field of higher education research.

The conference is organised by the Research Data Center of the DZHW within the project "Measures to increase the efficiency of the RDC-DZHW in the areas of data ingest, user requests and communications" which is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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Call for Papers

Please note: The Call is already closed. Thank you very much for your submissions!
See the conference programme for more content.



Now available for download: The collection of all abstracts of the conference including the programme.

For those who will already arrive the day before and of course for everybody else who would like to come:

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

from 19:00
Welcome Reception at the Besitos Hannover

Thursday, May 16, 2019

09:00 - 09:30
Arrival and Registration
09:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 10:45
Understanding the path into and through college: old problems and new questions
Keynote by Daniel Klasik, Ph. D. (The George Washington University)
10:45 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30
Session I: Educational Pathways and Social Inequality I

An integrative perspective on educational pathways in the phase of study entrance
Pascale Stephanie Petri (Giessen University)

The social stratification of student trajectories through German higher education: a sequence-analytical approach
Christina Haas (University of Luxembourg)

Bologna reforms and social inequality in Germany: social selectivity beyond the transition to master degree programs?
David Reimer (Aarhus University), Ulrike Schwabe (DZHW)
12:30 - 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:00
Session II: Social Inequality II / Methodological Aspects of Higher Education Research

Motives and patterns of student employment in Germany – Social disadvantage for job entrance?
Sonja Bastin (University of Bremen)

Standardizing sequence lengths by using the relative duration of episodes
Gesche Brandt (DZHW), Susanne de Vogel (DZHW)
15:00 - 15:15
Coffee Break
15:15 - 16:45
Session III: Impact of the Social Environment

The long arm of the family. On the role of social background and parental preferences for students’ reconsideration of educational decisions.
Bernhard Christoph (IAB), Heiko Quast (DZHW), Heike Spangenberg (DZHW)

The impact of family formation on career trajectories of female STEM graduates in Germany
Jakob Schwerter (University of Tübingen), Lena Ilg (University of Tübingen)

The influence of the partner on the academic success
Ana Brömmelhaus (University of Oldenburg)
16:45 - 17:00
Coffee Break
17:00 - 18:00
Session IV: International Student Mobility

Does international student mobility increase social inequality? An analysis of heterogeneous income returns during the first ten years after graduation
Nicolai Netz (DZHW), Michael Grüttner (DZHW)

Stratification and geographic student mobility
Oliver Winkler (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg)
Evening event at the restaurant Spandau Nord (more information will be provided at the conference)


Friday, May 17, 2019

08:45 - 09:15
09:15 - 10:00
Higher education dropout and labor market integration: experimental evidence from Germany
Keynote by Prof. Dr. Martin Neugebauer (Freie Universität Berlin)
10:00 - 10:15
Coffee Break
10:15 - 11:15
Session V: International Students in the German Higher Educational System

What are the international students’ success rates in Germany’s Institutes of Higher Education? How do international students compare to German students in Economics and Business Studies, Mechanical Engineering and Architecture (under-)graduate degrees?
Marita McGrory (Europa-Universität Flensburg)

Intention to drop-out of study preparation and subjective probability of success of international students with and without refugee background
Michael Grüttner (DZHW), Stefanie Schröder (DZHW), Jana Berg (DZHW)
11:15 - 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:30
Session VI: Educational Returns

Should I stay or should I go? Income disparities by university degree in Switzerland
David Glauser (University of Bern), Christoph Zangger (University of Bern), Rolf Becker (University of Bern)

Role of universities shaping graduates’ labour market outcomes
Federico Biagi, Zsuzsa Blasko, Jonatan Castaño, Mabel Sánchez-Barrioluengo, Sylke Schnepf (all European Commission, Joint Research Center)
12:30 - 14:00
Lunch Break & Poster Session (from 13:15 to 14:00)
14:00 - 15:00
Session VII: Gender Differences

Gender-related determinants and timing of leaving science
Anna Löhle (GESIS)
- Vortrag entfällt

Performance, occupational interests or social environment? What causes women and men to change their subject in higher education?
Jasmin Meyer (University of Konstanz), Susanne Strauss (University of Konstanz), Kathrin Leuze (University of Jena)

The early career gender wage gap among university graduates
Malte Sandner (IAB), Ipek Yükselen (IAB)
Roundup and Farewell



The registration is now closed.



Conference location: Leibnizhaus

Exact address of the conference venue:
Holzmarkt 4-6
30159 Hannover

Location of the welcome reception (Wednesday, 15.05.):
Besitos Hannover
Goseriede 4
30159 Hannover

Location of the evening event (Thursday, 16.05.):
Spandau Nord
Engelbosteler Damm 30
30167 Hannover





Hotel rooms can be found e.g. here:,,
Alternative accomodation possibilities offer e.g. the following service providers: Airbnb, FeWo-direkt