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Partner Network Willibald Gebhardt Institute

The WGI collaborates with many partners, organizations and institutions on a regional, national, European and international level – in the scientific community as well as in sport policy, and organized sport settings. Many of those partners also support our work as institutional member.

Additionally, the WGI network is supported by a number of renown (inter-)national researchers. The WGI appoints these national and international Fellows, who don’t have to become paying individual members to be part of the WGI network. All WGI Fellows have engaged in prestigious collaborative projects with our institute in the past, or are currently doing so.

More information on the Fellows, Institutional Members and other project partners can be found below.


National Fellows: 

  • Rolf Geßmann
  • Prof. emer. Dr. Arnd Krüger

Internationale Fellows:

  • Prof. Dr. Deanna Binder, Canada
  • Prof. Dr. Ken Hardman, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Dr. Hai Ren, China
  • Prof. Dr. Soichi Ichimura, Japan
  • Prof. Dr. Walter King-yan Hao, China
  • Prof. Dr. Antonin Rychtecky, Czech Republic † (Obituary by Roland Naul)
  • Prof. Dr. Yoshinori Okade, Japan

Scientific Board

The following academics have agreed to serve on the Scientific Board of the Willibald Gebhardt Institute:

Institutional Members

  • ENGSO Youth
  • European Sport Academy Brandenburg
    (Europäische Sportakademie Land Brandenburg gGmbH)
  • University of Applied Sciences Koblenz, Institute for Sport Management and Sport Medicine Technology
  • Berlin Sport Association
  • North Rhine-Westphalia Sport Association
  • Messe Düsseldorf GmbH
  • Meyer & Meyer Publishers
  • Schwaben Gymnastics Association
    (Schwäbischer Turnerbund)
  • West German Football Association
    (Westdeutscher Fußballverband e.V.)
  • Westphalian Gymnastics Association
    (Westfälischer Turnerbund e.V.)


The WGI is not only an Associated Institute of the University of Münster, but also a member in a number of research and academic networks. The partner organisations of the WGI are:

  • Institute for Sport and Exercise Science, University of Münster
  • ICSSPE (International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education)
  • EFPM (European Fair Play Movement)
  • WHO-Network HEPA Europe
  • EUPEA (European Physical Education Association)
  • CEREPS (European Council of Research in Physical Education and School Sport)
  • National Olympic Akademies (Germany, Czeck Republic, New Zealand, Japan)
  • Network European Sport Akademies
  • Royal Dutch PE Teacher Association (KVLO)
  • Hungarian School Sport Federation (HSSF)
  • German PE Teacher Association (DSLV)
  • Syndicat Nationale de Education Francaise (SNEF)
  • UNESCO, Paris

Partner Universities


  • Koblenz: University of Applied Sciences Koblenz, Koblenz
  • Potsdam: ESAB University of Applied Sciences, Sport and Management
  • Duisburg/Essen: University Duisburg-Essen
  • Lüneburg: Leuphana University, Lüneburg


  • Bozen, Italy: Free University Bozen
  • Arnheim, Netherlands: Hogeschool Arnhem en Nijmegen, HAN
  • Utrecht, Netherlands: Mulier Instituut, Utrecht
  • Jyväskylä, Finland: Univ. of Jyväskylä
  • Cork, Ireland: Univ. College Cork
  • Lissabon, Portugal: Univ. Lissabon, Dept. of Human Movement Studies
  • Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg: Univ. Luxembourg
  • Prag, Czech Republic: Charles Univ. Prague, Dept. of Physical Education & Sport
  • Bratislava, Slovakia: Comenius Univ. Bratislava, Dept. of Physical Education & Sport
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia: Univ. of Ljubljana
  • Poznan, Poland: School of Physical Education and Sport Science (AWF) Poznan


  • Kyoto, Japan: Doshisha Univ. Kyoto
  • Tsukuba, Japan: Univ. of Tsukuba
  • Seoul, Korea: Seoul National Univ
  • Shanghai, China: Tongji Univ.


Please contact the WGI Executive Office with any inquiries you have:

Willibald Gebhardt Institute
International Institute for Research
and Knowledge Transfer in Sports e.V.

Executive Office

Horstmarer Landweg 62b
D-48149 Münster

Phone +49-251-83 34854
Fax +49-251-83 32399