LEAD research network


LEAD is an international, interdisciplinary research and graduate program with a focus on empirical educational research.
(Learning, Educational Achievement, and Life Course Development)

Target Group

Within LEAD, more than 130 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.


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.

LEAD also aims at contributing to the relevance and responsibility of educational research by further developing existing structures in this research area.

Theme Focus

With an innovative and interdisciplinary approach and in close cooperation, doctoral students, postdocs, and professors within LEAD focus on seven key questions on teaching and learning, which are equally relevant for science and practice.


  • LEAD Lecture Series
  • LEADing Research Center
  • Cooperation program „Science and School“
  • Retreats
  • Intramural Project Funding
  • Colloquia

Funding Organizations

Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments

Network Partners