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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Physical Activity Summit of the Federal Government: WGI Vice President Nils Neuber gives keynote speech

February 6, 2023

In mid-December, the German government held its first Physical Activity Summit in Berlin. The event, which involved no fewer than nine federal government departments, was intended to ignite sustainable change for sports development in Germany. Thus the representatives of the Federal Government, beside Minister of Sport Nancy Faeser and Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach representatives of seven other ...

Season’s Greeting from the WGI President

December 28, 2022

Looking back at this year of the 30th anniversary of the foundation of our Willibald Gebhardt Institute, I can finally report on great in-person events again. And, despite all political and economic conflicts ...

General Assembly reelects Vice Presidents Neuber and Gesigora into office

November 16, 2022

At the beginning of November, the regular general assembly of the Willibald Gebhardt Institute took place in the premises of the Institute for Sports Science on the Leonardo Campus in Münster. President ...

Guests from seven nations attend “European Conference on Physical Education and School Sport”

November 3, 2022

Guests from seven nations attended the "European Conference on Physical Education and School Sport" organized by the Willibald Gebhardt Institute on October 17 and 18, 2022. WGI President Dr. Heinz Aschebrock ...