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 2024 part of WGI’s Olympic Lectures Series

May 31, 2024

On April 8, the Willibald Gebhardt Institute launched its "Olympic Lecture Series" in the run-up to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris with a large audience - in person on the campus of the University of Münster University, as well as online via video conference. Every week, the speakers will shed light on current and historical topics relating to "Olympics". The lecture series is organized by Michael ...

Sport educators attend EduPASS “Learning Teaching Training” event in Luxembourg

February 29, 2024

The second "Learning Teaching Training" event of the EduPASS project took place in Luxembourg from January 22 to 26, 2024. The program was put together by colleagues from the University of Luxembourg together ...

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 ...

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 ...