Education is pivotal to society, science and the economy. To individuals it opens doors to professional success, enables them to take part in society and take charge of their own lives. As a network of diverse competencies, we want to identify the potential of and for education, to unlock it and help people make better use of it.

There are many challenges in the field of education: educational opportunities are often unequally distributed, children and adults do not know how to deal with the information overload, and school and academic targets are not always clear. The Leibniz Education Research Network – LERN was formed to tackle these problems and to develop possible solutions.

The aim of the research network is to bring together and build on the expertise of the individual institutes relating to education issues in order to find answers to the questions posed by education policymakers and administrators and other societal actors.

The network’s research intentionally crosses disciplinary boundaries. LERN is the first education research network of this size and the only one in Germany. It brings together and supports the work of researchers in educational science, teaching methodology, linguistics, cultural and media studies, neuroscience, economics, politics, psychology, sociology, information science and computer science in the Leibniz Association and associated institutions.

Spokesperson
Prof. Marcus Hasselhorn
DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education, Frankfurt a. M. and Berlin
T +49 69 247 08 214
hasselhorn@dipf.de
Spokesperson
Prof. Olaf Köller
IPN – Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, Kiel
T +49 431 880 3120
koeller@ipn.uni-kiel.de
Spokesperson
Prof. Ulrike Cress
Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM), Tübingen
T +49 7071 979 209
u.cress@iwm-tuebingen.de
Spokesperson
Prof. Heike Solga
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
T +49 30 25 49 1 171
heike.solga@wzb.eu
Spokesperson
Prof. C. Katharina Spieß
German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
T +49 30 89 78 9 254
kspiess@diw.de
Coordinator
Kathrin Weber-Rauland
DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education, Frankfurt am Main
T +49 69 24708 389
weber-rauland@dipf.de