The Institute was established in 1994 and is affiliated with the Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg.
At the same time, it is a subordinate authority of the Bavarian State Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Family and Integration. The Institute is located in Bamberg.
The Institute has been supplied by the Ministry with twelve established posts for academic staff. Three of these are fulltime positions, nine are part-time. External as well as additional internal funding allowed employing additional fixed-term researchers in specific research projects. Another four employees serve as administrative staff.
Since October 2012, Professor Dr. Henriette Engelhardt-Wölfler is Director of the Institute. She also holds the Professorship of Demography at the Uni- versity of Bamberg. Besides their research activities, Dr. Marina Rupp and Dipl.-Soz. Harald Rost are Vice-Directors who are responsible for the management of the Institute.
The Institute’s Advisory Board consists of the Director of the Institute, two professors from the field of family science, one representative each of the staff and the Bavarian State Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Family and Integration. The Vice-Directors hold advisory positions in this Board. The Board stipulates the annual research programme from proposals of the Ministry and the Institute’s academic staff.