December 2020

Funding of the three-year research project "Religion as resource and risk. An empirical longitudinal study on the
significance of religiosity for the coping with life and the integration of young refugees" (ReReRi-L), together with Professor Ulrich Riegel (Univ. of Siegen), granted by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (500.000 €).


3 & 4 October 2019

Conference "The Human Rights of Children in the Context of Public Schools. A Symposium on the Occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child"

initiated and conducted by Professor Manfred Pirner and the RUPRE team in the name of the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN) and the Centre for School Development and Evaluation (KSE) in collaboration with the German School Academy and German School Award, the Office for Human Rights of the City of Nürnberg and the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD)

Link to the conference website with documentary material

Documentary film in German


July 2019

Further Book on Public Theology published

Pirner, M. L., Lähnemann, J., Haussmann, W., & Schwarz, S. (Eds.) (2019). Public Theology Perspectives on Religion and Education. London & New York: Routledge.

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29 July to 3 August 2018

RUPRE hosts the XXI conference of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV)

About 160 scholars from all over the world, from different denominations and religions as well as from different academic disciplines.

LINK to basic information on ISREV


June 2018

Book on Public Theology published

Pirner, M. L., Lähnemann, J., Haussmann, W., & Schwarz, S. (Eds.) (2018). Public Theology, Religious Diversity and Interreligious Learning: Contributing to the Common Good through Religious Education. New York: Routledge.

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8 Juni 2018

Expert discussion on two major empirical studies about the school subject of Religious Education in Bavaria

Experts from various academic disciplines are invited to Nuremberg to discuss two recent empirical studies: 1) A representative opinion poll on people's attitude towards Religious Education, conducted by the poll agency EMNID (for results of the study klick here); 2) a representative quantitative study among teachers of Protestant RE at Bavarian schools, conducted by RUPRE (for results of the study klick here). The event is conducted by RUPRE in cooperation with the Protestant-Lutheran Church of Bavaria.


3 June 2018

Funding of the three-year research project "Religious and professional beliefs of school teachers" (RebeL), together with Professor Stephan Kröner (FAU) and Professor Annette Scheunpflug (Univ. of Bamberg), granted by the German Research Foundation (DFG) (270.000 €).


February 2018

Publication of a representative opinion poll on the acceptance of the school subject Religious Education conducted in Bavaria.

Suggested and co-designed by Professor Pirner, the Protestant-Lutheran Church of Bavaria had commissioned the renowned poll agency ENMID with the study. The poll shows that 65 % of the Bavarian population are in favour of RE as an ordinary school subjects at all public schools, only 25 % reject it. Most of those who are sceptical of RE indicated to be less or not religious.

Download report of the results


19 December 2017

Funding granted by the Staedtler Foundation, Erlangen, for the three-year project "Religion as Resource and Risk (ReReRi). Empirical Studies on the Religiosity of Young Refugees" (40,000€) > link


29 October 2017

Special Issue of the International Journal of Public Theology published, guest-edited by Manfred L. Pirner: "Public Theology - Religon(s) - Education" > link

Refers to project "Public theology - religion(s) - education" > link


20 July 2017

Horizon 2020 proposal "Integrating migranTs tHrough Access to higher eduCationAl institutions" (ITHACA) rejected by EU commission

The project had been designed to analyze and promote the access of migrants, in particular of refugees, to universities and other higher education institutions. it involved 12 European countries and Israel; RUPRE was part of the application for Germany. Principal Investigator: Professor Hanan Alexander of the Unversity of Haifa, Israel.

11 March 2017

Docu-Film "Public Theology - Contributions of Religions to the Common Good" released and published on Youtube > link

German Version "Öffentliche Theologie - Was Religionen zum Gemeinwohl beitragen können" > link

13 December 2016

Presentation of major results from the study "Religious educators in Bavaria. A representative survey on Protestant Religious Education at mainstream schools" before the Council of Leaders of the Evangelical Church of Bavaria

Download Power Point Presentation


14 October 2016

Funding granted by the Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart, for the three-year project "Consolidation of 'Perception and Value Centered School Evaluation' (WWSE) (120,000 € ) - in the context of our Competence Centre for School Development and Evaluation (KSE)

link to project


5 October 2016

Opening celebration of the “Research Unit for Public Religion and Education" (RUPRE) in the context of the 12th International Nuremberg Forum on "Public Theology - Religion(s) - Education" at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

link to the Nuremberg Forum