Every year since 1991, the Jacobs Foundation has held a conference at Marbach Castle on Lake Constance, attracting leading scientists and young scholars from all over the world. This conference has gained international recognition as a forum for discussing key issues of child and youth development. It is a venue for scientific exchange at the highest level, with a focus on an interdisciplinary approach. Its unique format offers young scholars the opportunity to spend two days in discussions with leaders in their fields, to benefit from feedback on planned projects, and to get to know one another in an informal setting.
Recent conference topics have included the following:
- 2017: Education in Times of Increasing Cultural and Linguistic Heterogeneity (organized by Hanna Dumont, Johanna Fleckenstein, Dominique Rauch, Aileen Edele, Débora B. Maehler, Janna Teltemann)
- 2016: Economizing Education Policy: Tradeoffs, Incentives, and Generalizing from Evidence (organized by Eric Hanushek/Ludger Woessmann)
- 2015: Technologies for Research and Intervention with Children and Youth (organized by Carol Worthman/Mary Jane Rotheram Borus/Antonio Krüger)
- 2014: Men as Fathers: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Fatherhood in the Context of the Family (organized by Liselotte Ahnert/ Michael E. Lamb)
- 2013: Genetic Moderation of Intervention Effects (organized by Marinus von Ijzendoorn/Jay Belsky)
- 2012: Sleep, Learning and Brain Development (organized by Ron Dahl/Oskar Jenni)