News from the Institute for Sports Science

Dear colleagues and students,

I would like to warmly welcome you to my new position as Administrative Professor of Sport and Health Sociology, which I took on on April 1, 2022.

So that you can get a first impression of me: 

My research focuses on gender research in the field of sports and health sociology with a focus on the social treatment of people with variants of gender development ("intersexuality"), as well as in the field of digital health technologies, e.g. contact tracing apps in the COVID-19 pandemic. You all know the latter e.g. from the Corona-Warn-App.

In my role as a professor of administration, I will take over the courses and teaching tasks in the coming semesters.

I look forward to meeting you all in person soon.

Until then

Dennis Kraemer

Dear students,
From Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 11:59 p.m., you will find the online choice of sports courses in the summer semester 2022 under the following links:

  • Students in the old study regulations (until PO 2020)
  • Students in the new study regulations (from PO 2021)

    Sports students wanted for swimming project from February 3rd, 2022
    Students are still being sought for swimming lessons at the Hölty elementary school. For more information, see here.

    The board and members of the Institute for Sports Science wish everyone a happy holiday season, a happy new year and good luck and health for 2022.


    We congratulate! Prof. Dr. Ina Hunger, Prof. Dr. Christoph Kramm and Kyra Druivenga have been awarded the Prize of the Lower Saxony Cancer Society!

    Niedersächsische Krebsgesellschaft
    The award winners and the 1st chairman of the Lower Saxony Cancer Society:
    From left to right: Prof. Dr. medical Christoph Kramm, Prof. Dr. phil. Ina Hunger, Kyra Druivenga, Dr. medical Peter N. Meier (Chairman of the Nds Cancer Society).
    Photo: Nds. cancer society

    Current information on Covid-19

    All current information on the subject of Covid-19 that affects the Institute of Sports Science can be found on our information page.

    Award ceremony of the DOSB Science Prize (04/23/2021)

    Felix Kuehnle Institut fuer Sportwissenschaften Goettingen 80On Friday, April 23, our former employee Felix Kühnle, who now holds a professorship for sports sociology at the TU Darmstadt, was given an Online event, the DOSB Science Prize (First Prize) was awarded, which is considered by many to be the most prestigious prize in German-speaking sports science. The event was moderated by Marcel Reinold, head of the Sociology of Sport and Health department.

    Call for theses

    As part of our new third-party funded project "Uncertainty in physical education classes - studies on psychosocial health risks of students in physical education classes and the development of preventive measures to protect and promote their health and safety", headed by Prof. Dr. Ina Hunger and Dr. Benjamin Zander, we offer the supervision of bachelor and master theses. You can write an empirical work in connection with one of the three sub-studies (short written narratives, internet forums or narrative interviews) or deal theoretically with a project-related topic as part of a literature work.
    Further information on the project and the three sub-studies can be found here.
    If you are interested in dealing with the psychosocial insecurity (such as shame, fear, social exclusion, etc.) of students in physical education classes as part of your thesis, please contact Dr. Benjamin Zander ( and for bachelor theses Sarah Metz ( by email or in the respective office hours.

    Congratulations to the Director of the Institute for Sports Science, Professor Dr. Ina Hunger, on her election as spokeswoman for the Conference of Sports Science University Institutes in Lower Saxony.

    Announcement of exercise courses 'Sportpraxis'
    Announcement PDF

    The board and the members of the Institute for Sports Science wish EVERYONE happy holidays and good health, cheerfulness and energy for the year 2021.

    IFS Weihnachtsfoto

    IfS hygiene concept
    In this document you will find the hygiene measures that apply to the respective stage of the university's COVID-19 plan at the IfS:

    Hygiene concept

    Under the following link you will find further information on the university-wide measures as well as the currently valid level in the context of the phased plan:

    Congratulations on the new third-party funded project "Uncertainty in Physical Education" in Prof. Dr. Ina Hunger. Further information on the project and the current job posting can be found here

    The "Luftsprung - sport and exercise offers for children and young people with cancer" project has been awarded the 2020 sponsorship prize by the Lower Saxony Cancer Society. The project is headed by Prof. Dr. Christof Kramm (Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, UMG), Prof. Dr. Ina Hunger (Sports Education and Didactics, IfS) and Kyra Druivenga (Sports Education and Didactics, IfS). Congratulations!

    Dear students,

    With the nationwide regulations on contact restrictions for November, we at the Institute for Sports Science had made the regulation to suspend classroom teaching in the practical events ("Sports Practice") until the end of November (see announcement of October 28th, 2020).
    Since the infection rate is still at a high level and contact minimization is also being encouraged nationwide, we have decided - also with a view to the upcoming public holidays and the larger family gatherings associated with them - to only hold the practical events digitally this year to let take place.
    At the same time, we consider the practical experience within the framework of classroom teaching to be an essential part of a sports science degree and would like to correspond to our educational mandate in this sense and enable you to have these experiences and learning opportunities. For this reason, we are planning face-to-face teaching from January (subject to the infection rate then allowing this).
    The classroom teaching takes place in accordance with the hygiene measures of the institute. You can find these in the hygiene concept on the homepage of the institute. You can get more detailed information on the individual courses from the respective teacher in studip.

    Kind regards and stay healthy!
    Goettingen, November 26, 2020
    The Board of Directors of the Institute of Sports Sciences

    Dear students of the Institute for Sports Sciences at the University of Göttingen,

    I would like to take this opportunity to briefly welcome you to my new role as administration professor at the institute. Since the beginning of November I have been managing the professorship for training and movement science after the departure of Prof. Dr. Thienes. Among other things, I take on the associated courses and teaching tasks.
    As soon as possible you will find me on the redesigned homepage pages of the work area. Until then here and in the current events.

    Best regards,
    Pia Vinken.

    Dear students,

    since November 1st I have been managing the professorship for sociology of sport and health. I was already able to welcome some of you to my events. I am really looking forward to the new task and wish you a nice semester – despite the current restrictions! You will soon find more about me on the pages of the work area.

    Best Regards
    dr Marcel Reinhold

    Dear students,
    Here you will find information on the current hygiene measures at the Institute for Sports Science, in particular on the practical events (as of November 5th, 2020).
    IfS hygiene concept

    Congratulations to the Director of the Institute for Sports Science, Professor Dr. Ina Hunger, for the election as spokeswoman for the Ethics Council of the German Association for Sports Science.

    Dear students,

    since yesterday we have certainty that the professorships of the retiring colleagues J. Mayer and Gerd Thienes can be replaced by two very qualified scientists (initially for one year). We are very happy about that. In the next week, the colleagues will work on this
    Briefly introduce the position.

    We continue to work to ensure that the chairs are retained permanently and that we are allowed to re-advertise the vacant professorships promptly (and permanently). In this context, we are currently required to develop conceptual considerations for the future of the Institute for Sports Science. We will do this in close coordination with the dean's office, which supports us in our efforts to maintain the positions and structures at the institute.

    As far as the two vacant part-time positions are concerned, they may be filled promptly, but only for a limited period of time. We hope to be able to introduce these employees to you shortly.

    Best Regards

    Goettingen, October 9th, 2020
    Prof. Dr. Ina Hunger (Managing Director)

    Dear students,

    A week ago today (September 8th, 2020) I informed you that two of the three professorships at the Institute for Sports Sciences (IfS) will be leaving the institute in the coming winter semester and that the recruitment process for two permanent positions in the Master's program "Prevention/Rehabilitation /Mental Health” were not allowed to continue. I promised you that we will inform you weekly about the current situation in order to enable transparency and reduce additional uncertainties on your part.

    On September 9th, 2020, the board of the IfS submitted a ten-page statement to the dean's office and the executive committee on the current situation and the future of the IfS. In this, we ask that the two professorships that will be vacant in the near future be filled and that the recruitment process for the two vacant permanent positions be continued in order to maintain the training structures at the institute in the short and long term. In the statement, we also make it clear that the imminent vacancy of 34 SWS in academic teaching cannot be covered with the current staff and that the institute is dependent on the corresponding human resources being reallocated immediately. We are currently still waiting for an answer or an appointment.

    Once again I ask you for patience and confidence - even if it is difficult.

    Best Regards

    Goettingen, September 15, 2020
    Prof. Dr. Ina Hunger (for the board)

    Dear students,

    As you may have heard from social media, the Institute of Sports Science is in a challenging situation. Prof. Dr. Jochen Mayer (Sports and Health Sociology) and Prof. Dr. Gerd Thienes (training and movement science) will take up a new position at the PH Schwäbisch Gmünd and at the University of Vechta. Two of the three professorships are leaving our institute on or during the winter semester 20/21.

    The reputation of the professors is linked to the fact that two part-time positions in the academic mid-level faculty (permanent positions) in the areas of "health and sports education" and "health and sports sociology" are currently not allowed to be filled.

    We want you to remember that We would like to inform you that we will do everything we can to fill the positions again (both short-term and permanent) in order to maintain teaching in the degree programs and work at the institute. However, we are bound by the decisions and allocations of funds by the Presidential Board or Dean's Office and ask you for a little patience and confidence. We will update you weekly here.

    Goettingen, September 8th, 2020
    Prof. Dr. Ina Hunger (Director)
    dr Thomas Ohrt (substitute for mid-level staff)
    Heiko Hartje (representative MTV)
    Lisa Wedekind (student substitute)
    Eliane Brandes (student substitute)
    Maika Zweigert (Equal Opportunities Officer)
    Christa Stöcker (course coordinator)

    Our director, Prof. Dr. Ina Hunger was one of three scientists elected to the Ethics Council of the German Association for Sports Sciences (dvs). Congratulations!

    Prof. Dr. Ina Hunger was appointed as a member of the jury for the Lower Saxony Sports Medal by the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Stephan-Peter Weil

    Dear students of sports science, here you will find current information on module examination changes for the courses 'Theory and Practice' in summer semester 2020
    Information about module exam change

    Dear student teachers in sports science, here you will find current information and notes from the Dean's Office for Teacher Education on exams and deadlines
    Information for student teachers

    Dear students of sports science, here you will find the latest information on teaching in summer semester 2020
    Information on teaching in the summer semester

    Dear students of sports science,
    Due to the corona pandemic, we have had to draw the appropriate consequences for our institute. Please take note of the following guidelines:

    The premises of the Institute for Sports Science (offices, secretariats, seminar rooms, etc.) are only accessible to students to a limited extent and can only be reached via the stone steps in the north car park in urgent cases. We will publish the corresponding modalities shortly. The sports facilities are closed.

    You can usually attend consultation hours by telephone during the designated time. In this regard, please contact the respective lecturer by e-mail in advance of the intended consultation hour.

    The Secretariat will no longer be staffed continuously. However, you can usually reach the administrative staff by telephone and e-mail. Documents that you wanted to submit personally should now be submitted by post. The mail is regularly forwarded to the addressee.

    Teaching will be suspended with immediate effect. The lectures originally scheduled to start on April 14, 2020 will be initially postponed to April 20, 2020. The decision on a possible further postponement and possibly an extension of the lecture period will depend on the further development of the corona pandemic. We are currently examining the extent to which we can block or digitize events at a later date.

    Exams in presence are suspended with immediate effect. This also applies to the rewriting exams of the lecture events. Of course, we will try to ensure that you do not suffer any disadvantages as a result of the postponed resumption of teaching and examinations.

    We kindly ask you to check general developments regularly on the info page ( ) to inform.

    We wish you good health and all the best in these challenging times
    Ina Hunger (Director of the Institute for Sports Science)

    The Sportinstitut Göttingen moved into the premises at its current location in 1971. With currently around 700 students, we are one of the largest sports science institutions in northern Germany.

    The range of courses includes bachelor's degree courses with the profiles of teaching at high school, teaching at vocational schools (majoring in business education) and non-teaching (non-school job market). We offer two different master’s courses: the master of education (MEd), which qualifies you for traineeship at high schools, and the master’s in sports science with a focus on prevention and rehabilitation. Structured doctoral studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences are also possible.

    Our institute is characterized in the individual areas of work by focusing on school sports research, in children and youth sports as well as health aspects of exercise, sports and games. Thanks to various cooperations, for example with the rehabilitation center Junge in the field of prevention and rehabilitation and the social pediatric center of the University Medical Center Göttingen, the specialist clinic Waldweg as well as partners from young competitive sports, our students have the opportunity to get an early insight into professionally relevant structures and research projects.

    The location is also characterized by short distances to the university facilities, the very well-equipped library and modern sports facilities for many sports.