German Academies Statement on Longitudinal Studies

In May 2016, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities and acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering jointly published a statement on “The relevance of population-based longitudinal studies for science and social policies”. 

The statement is available in   English-language  HERE 

Health care, pension systems, family support, or migration – human societies are subject to constant transformation due to demographic changes and are facing major decisions which will have an effect on the lives of future generations.

The long-term nature of these developments in particular leads to high demands on the quality of public planning and regulation. Politicians in particular depend on reliable data provided by longitudinal studies when making these decisions.

With this statement the Academies wish to take stock of the current situation and provide recommendations for the future development of longitudinal studies.