The DGWF is networked at national and European level.

The DGWF and its network

In order to be able to work across institutions at national and international level, the German Association for Scientific Continuing Education and Distance Learning relies on establishing and maintaining networks with associations, initiatives and institutions of continuing education. Its aim is to jointly initiate, develop and promote academic continuing education programmes. The establishment of cooperative networks for mutual advice and support in the realisation of the continuing education mission as well as participation in inter-institutional projects for the design and quality assurance of academic continuing education is a major component of our work.


The structure of the DGWF

The society is divided into eight regional groups: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin and Brandenburg, Hesse, Central Germany, North, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, which provide regional representation in the respective federal states.

Five working groups are responsible for different key topics, such as the field of research or distance learning.

The organisation is managed by an executive board consisting of three members, who are assisted by an extended board made up of the spokespersons of the regional groups and the working groups. The executive board is supported in the fulfilment of its tasks by three advisors for the areas of ‘Conferences and Events’, ‘International Affairs’ and ‘Communication and Public Relations’. An advisory board with representatives from important institutions and organisations in the academic and continuing education system advises the board.

All members of the DGWF Board work on an honorary basis.


Co-operations of the DGWF

Members of the DGWF's Executive Board and regional and working groups are active in many different initiatives and committees, e.g. in the European University Continuing Education Network (EUCEN) (, in the bodies of the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE) ( and in the Federal Association of Distance Learning Providers. In addition, the DGWF as an association is involved in relevant hearings and participation procedures of parliaments and governments at federal and state level.


German network partners


European network partners


Participation in numerous projects and initiatives

  • University Forum for Digitalisation
  • GRETA - Acting competently in training, courses and seminars (no English website available)
  • Support group of the wb-web: Professional development of teachers in adult and continuing education (no English website available)