Before Horst Niesyto was professor at Ludwigsburg University of Education, he worked for 15 years in extracurricular youth education. He received his Ph.D. from Tübingen University in 1991 on the subject of “Erfahrungsproduktion mit Medien” („Experience Production with Media“). An important research interest is to investigate social-cultural differences and structural inequalities in the use of media and in context of media education. He developed a social-aesthetic approach and integrated visual methods in qualitative research, especially in media-educational practice research. He continuously supported younger scientists and supervised many doctoral projects. On his initiative, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Media Education and Media Research (IZMM) was founded in 1998 at the Ludwigsburg University of Education.
Horst Niesyto has published more than 200 articles on a wide range of media education topics and has been (co-)editor of 30 anthologies and main topics in online journals. He was editor of the online magazine Ludwigsburger Beiträge zur Medienpädagogik (2001-2016) and co-publisher of the online magazine MedienPädagogik (2007-2015) as well as several issues of the Yearbook Medienpädagogik of the Section Media Education in the German Educational Research Association (DGfE). He is the editor of the publication series Medienpädagogische Praxisforschung (since 2004) and co-editor of the publication series Medienpädagogik interdisziplinär (since 2003).
In the field of teaching, he and his colleagues in the Department of Media Education were able to establish media-educational components and modules in 10 study courses at Ludwigsburg University of Education. A special concern of Horst Niesyto was the promotion of a basic media education for students. The Ludwigsburg University of Education was the first university location in Germany to integrate media-educational compulsory courses for all students in several bachelor courses (since 2007/08) and in all teacher training courses (since 2012). For students in all teacher training courses, the study profile Basic Media Education is offered in cooperation with 18 departments und institutes at Ludwigsburg University of Education.
Horst Niesyto was involved in many activities in the field of Educational Policy, especially in the Media Education Section of the DGfE and in the Association for Media Education and Communication Culture GMK. He initiated the Media Education Manifesto in 2009 und organized the Media Educational Congress 2011 in Berlin. He was a member of the expert commission on Media Education of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF, 2010) and a member of the expert group „Digital and Media Competences“ within the framework of the „Dialogue on Germany’s Future “ of the Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel (2011/12).