Coordination project

The coordination project will administer and coordinate the research unit to ensure that the aims and common tasks of the research unit are achieved. The key objective of the coordination project is to guarantee effective collaboration within the research unit and to see that the unit finds its place in the field of international research on health and health inequalities in young people.

The coordination office will be located at the Institute of Medical Sociology at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and will support the coordinator (Matthias Richter) and the co-coordinator (Nico Dragano) in their work. The coordination project provides the necessary infrastructure for successful research work and will be the central interface of the overall network coordinating all cross-sectional aspects of the subprojects (SP).

The different objectives of the coordination project can be split into organisational and scientific tasks:

  1. The coordination project will coordinate and manage all daily organisational and administrative tasks of the research unit. These tasks include the establishment of efficient internal and external communication, the administration of network funds, the organisation and management of regular project meetings, the preparation and implementation of workshops to train early career scientists, the invitation of external speakers as well as public relations. The coordination project will also articulate and coordinate the gender equality policies of the research unit.

  2. Along with coordinating the more technical aspects in the research unit, the coordination project will stimulate the integrated progress of the research unit by fostering collaboration between the subprojects. It will encourage the scientific work across the subprojects by linking research topics, coordinating the data analyses, and fostering the coherence in the methods applied by the subprojects. Based on the findings from all subprojects, the coordination project will finally gather the most important individual and contextual determinants of health inequalities from birth through early adulthood and integrate them into a comprehensive theoretical multilevel model, taking the identified mechanisms as well as the transitions between the different life stages into account.


Institute of Medical Sociology, Medical Faculty, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

  • Matthias Richter, Prof. Dr.
  • N.N.

Institute of Medical Sociology, Centre for Health and Society, Medical Faculty, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

  • Nico Dragano, Prof. Dr.