LEAD Graduate School & Research Network


The LEAD Graduate School & Research Network (Learning, Educational Achievement, and Life Course Development) brings together more than 100 scientists from twelve research fields and more than ten nations. With our research, we make a significant contribution to understanding and improving educational processes that are equally relevant to science and practice.

Our mission is to contribute to the evidence-based approach in educational policy and to train highly qualified educational experts for research and practice.

This is how we work


Within LEAD, researchers from different research fields collaborate, e.g.:

  • Biology
  • Computer Sciences
  • Economics
  • Education Sciences
  • Empirical Educational Research
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Sport Sciences
  • Physics

Also involved in LEAD are the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) in Tübingen and the German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE) in Bonn. In addition, we cooperate closely with the Tübingen School of Education – a central scientific institution for teacher training at the University of Tübingen.


We want to contribute to empirically based knowledge about education-related topics. Therefore, we deal with our research questions within the framework of long-term projects and bring together researchers from different backgrounds with their approaches, study designs and methods of data analysis. We work with state-of-the-art research designs that adequately take into account the complexity of the research subjects. Technical opportunities are used in an innovative way for our research (e.g. virtual reality to simulate different learning environments, eye tracking to capture attention of teachers and learners).


At LEAD, researchers from over ten nations work together. The following long-standing and internationally renowned scientists belong to LEAD as Distinguished International Professors:

Our guest professors are not only involved in LEAD research projects, but they also work as co-mentors for our doctoral candidates and give seminars and lectures.

From a Graduate School to an Internationally Leading Research Network


50 successfully defended dissertations; LEAD will be continuously funded as a graduate school and research network


About 50 professors belong to the research network


26 LEAD PhD candidates have graduated by the end of 2017


Enlargement from a graduate school to a research network


First dissertation within LEAD; foundation of the Tübingen School of Education (TüSE)


Foundation of the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology and the Tübingen Postdoctoral Academy for Research on Education (PACE) at the University of Tübingen


21 professors from six research fields supervise 22 doctoral candidates


Foundation of the LEAD Graduate School in the framework of the Excellence Initiative of the federal and state governments

Funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg as part of the sustainable financing of the projects of the Excellence Initiative II.