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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Olympic Study Day 2022 in Münster: Critical reflections on Olympic boycotts

June 23, 2022

For the third time, the Willibald Gebhardt Institute hosted the Olympic Study Day at Muenster University on June 21, 2022. WGI Vice President Prof. Dr. Michael Krüger was able to win over his colleague from the Institute of Sports Science at WWU, Prof. Dr. Henk Erik Meier, for a lecture and subsequent discussion with the students and guests. In an exciting and entertaining lecture, Meier examined ...

WGI expert on the impact of the corona crisis on exercise and fitness in children and adolescents

June 3, 2022

The expertise of Dr. Dennis Dreiskämper, WGI Vice President of Health Enhanced Physical Activities for Children and Adolescents, is currently in high demand. Despite different corona forecasts for the ...

2022 CEREPS Summit in Cork/Ireland: WGI contributing multiple presentations

May 18, 2022

From May 18-20, 2022, the 7th Summit of the European Research Council for Physical Education and School Sport (CEREPS) will take place at the University of Cork in Ireland. CEREPS was founded in 2015 - ...

WGI hosts Korean PhD student Yoonkyu Song

May 17, 2022

Yoonkyu Song from the Korean National University of Seoul will live and research in Münster for three years as a PhD student. His visit is made possible through a three year scholarship financed by the ...