LEAD Research Network


The LEAD Research Network features an integrated interdisciplinary research and training program for doctoral students and postdocs on Learning, Educational Achievement, and Life Course Development. More than 160 researchers from a vaste range of research fields are part of LEAD.

Our mission is to achieve cutting-edge research in an interdisciplinary context, to contribute to the evidence-based approach in educational policy by securing empirical data on "what works" in education, to train highly qualified experts for research and practice, and to find answers to some of the most challenging questions in education.


Within LEAD, researchers from six core research fields collaborate:

  • Educational Science
  • Cognitive, Social, and Motivational Psychology
  • Neuroscience and Informatics
  • Clinical and Personality Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Sociology and Economics

They work together in five overlapping areas, so-called intersections, on an interdisciplinary basis (see diagram).


The following long-standing and internationally renowned experts in Education Sciences and related research fields belong to LEAD as Distinguished International Professors:

Not only do they work in Tübingen for several weeks per year, they also co-mentor and teach doctoral candidates, work with early-stage researchers and group leaders, and collaborate within LEAD research projects. Last but not least, they add to the accessibility of research opportunities around the world.


LEAD stands for outstanding research on education-related topics while maintaining the highest standards at all levels of science. Researchers are supported by the LEADing Research Center, which provides services in the fields of study design and analysis, access to the field and dissemination of results.