Coordinating Office for the BMBF Research Priority Domain “Cause-related Individual Diagnostics and Intervention in Defined School-related Developmental Disorders“ (ESF)

The coordinating office for the BMBF research priority of “cause-related individual diagnostics and intervention in defined school-related developmental disorders“ (ESF) provided professional and organisational as well as technical services for a close collaboration and professional support of funded projects in the BMBF research priorities ESF and NIL.

Project Description

In spring 2011, this coordinating office was established at the DIPF and LMU University, Munich, in the context of the initiative by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to promote empirical educational research. It was responsible for 20 research and cooperation projects funded by the BMBF within its programmes “School-Related Developmental Disorders (ESF)” and “Neurosciences / Learning and Instruction (NIL)” 

Project Objectives

The coordinating office provided for specialised organisational and technical prerequisites necessary for close collaboration and specialised support of projects funded within the BMBF research priorities ESF and NIL.

In order to ensure targeted support of the funded projects, the coordinating office pursued the following central objectives on behalf of the researchers involved:

  • Internal networking of funded projects on the one hand, as well as networking the projects with external, thematically related research and developmental projects and subsequent evaluations.
    Annual meetings involving all of the funded projects aimed to promote the exchange among researchers and scientists involved in the respective projects. Networking activities also included annual international symposia in the field of school-related developmental disorders and meetings of young scientists.
  • Preparation and transfer of findings from individual projects as well as general findings, making them available to the research community and the public in general.



Further Information

The coordinating office was jointly chaired by Prof. Dr. Marcus Hasselhorn, director of the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) in Frankfurt am Main and director of the department Education and Human Development, and Prof. Dr. Gerd Schulte-Körne, Munich University Hospital (KUM), director of the psychiatric, psychosomatic and psychotherapeutic centre for children and young people. Dr. Kathleen Thomas was the contact person responsible at DIPF.

Website of the network “Cause-related Individual Diagnostics and Intervention in Defined School-related Developmental Disorders“ (ESF)

Project Management

Prof. Dr. Marcus Hasselhorn

Project Team

Dr. Kathleen Thomas

Project Details

Completed projects
04/2011 – 12/2017
External funding
Department: Education and Human Development
Contact: Dr. Kathleen Thomas, Academic Staff