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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Roland Naul receives AIESEP fellowship

July 25, 2022

The long-time president of the Willibald Gebhardt Institute and current WGI project partner Prof. Dr. Roland Naul was named AIESEP Fellow at the AIESEP World Congress 2022 of the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP). In addition to Roland Naul, Thomas McKenzie, Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University, was also awarded this honor at the 2022 World Congress ...

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 ...

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 - ...