Willibald Gebhardt Institute

International Institute for Research
and Knowledge Transfer in Sport e.V.

The Willibald Gebhardt Institute (WGI) is an International Institute of Research and Knowledge Transfer in the fields of Sport and Sport Sciences. It was established as a non-governmental and non-profit institution at the city of Essen (Germany) on May 5th 1992. According to the constitution of the WGI its purpose is to support human tasks and social targets of physical activities including health-related fitness and ethical-morale principles in sport activities. This purpose is linked with a holistic approach of education for a well-rounded individual, particularly for children and adolescents in their main settings of living and development:  in families, at schools, within sport clubs in the context of recreational and elite sports.

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Who was Willibald Gebhardt?

Karl August Willibald Gebhardt was born on January 17th, 1861 in Berlin and also died there on April 30th, 1921. He was a supporter of modern international Olympic games and founder of the Olympic movement in Germany, even though the modern international Olympic movement is most often only associated with Pierre de Coubertin.

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WGI hosts “Olympic lectures” series prior to the Paris 2024 Olympics

February 15, 2024

This year, the 2024 Olympic Games will take place in Paris from July 26 to August 11. This major sporting event in the heart of Europe is an opportunity for the Willibald Gebhardt Institute (WGI) to take an in-depth look at the topic of the Olympics in a series of lectures. As an affiliated institute of the Institute of Sports Science at the University of Münster, the WGI, recognized as well by the ...

Season’s Greeting from the WGI President

December 23, 2023

Dear members, dear affiliates and dear friends of the WGI, following the very successful Annual General Assembly held on November 22 in the beautiful premises of the Hotel Kaiserhof in Münster, both ...

Successful EduPASS “Learning Teaching Training” event held in Dublin

November 17, 2023

From October 2 to 6, 2023, the Willibald Gebhardt Institute attended the first of two training programs as part of the EduPASS project in Dublin (Ireland), which was organized by Sport Ireland Coaching. ...

Successful conference on sport politics in Germany and Korea

June 15, 2023

On June 6 and 7, the International Conference on Sport, Politics and History in Germany and Korea took place in the Schloss Münster. The German-Korean conference was organized by the Department of Sport ...