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In its core task, the investigation of information processes with digital media, the IWM pursues a multi-perspective and multi-disciplinary approach. To this end, it collaborates with national and international experts from the fields of psychology, empirical educational research, media studies, didactics and computer science, as well as with partners in practice.

International Cooperation

The map above provides an overview of the IWM cooperations (zoom further into the map for more detailed information). On this map, only active cooperations are shown, i.e. institutions with whose staff the IWM cooperates in research projects or publications.
Besides numerous contacts in Europe, e.g. Utrecht & Leiden (Netherlands), Galway (Ireland) or Graz (Austria), the IWM also has international cooperation partners e.g. in Yale and Stanford (USA), at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel), the University of Queensland in Brisbane (Australia) or the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte (Brazil).

National Cooperation Structure

Leibniz Association
As a member of the Leibniz Association, the IWM has numerous strong cooperation partners throughout Germany. Research alliances and networks represent a cooperation structure within the Leibniz Association. The IWM cooperates with other partners in the following networks:
In addition, the IWM cooperates closely with numerous individual Leibniz institutes at project level.
Universities cooperating with

The IWM also cooperates actively in the field of transfer via its service portal The portal provides scientifically founded and practice-oriented information on the design of higher education with digital media and has been working closely together with universities since the the project has started in 2003. More than 100 universities and university associations have since then signed a cooperation agreement with the IWM (overview of partner universities on – in German).

Regional Cooperation

The IWM cooperates in many ways with the University of Tübingen. The appointment of professors who are heads of the labs at the IWM is carried out in cooperation with the University of Tübingen. In addition, the IWM maintains close relations with the Institute of Psychology through joint research projects, cooperation on cluster applications for excellence strategies, participation in the university's academic self-administration and teaching.


The IWM's cooperation with the University of Tübingen is institutionalised in a special way within the framework of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Tübingen (WCT). Under the title “Informational Environments”, the first Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus in Germany was founded in 2009 on the initiative of the IWM. Since 2017, this has been continued as the WCT “Cognitive Interfaces“. Since 2018, the Leibniz Science Campus has also been cooperating with the University of Stuttgart.

Cooperation within the Excellence Initiative / Excellence Strategy

The IWM is involved in the Cluster of Excellence Machine Learning at the University of Tübingen, which has been funded since 2019. It contributes its expertise on the influence of digital media on knowledge and communication processes and thus represents a social science perspective in the predominantly STEM shaped network. For the IWM, the cluster enables closer links with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Tübingen, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI) and the Cyber Valley, which is establishing itself in Tübingen.
The IWM is involved in the Excellence Initiative 2012 via the Research Network LEAD – a research and training program on education (Learning, Educational Achievement, and Life Course Development), which represents an important pillar of Tübingen's established position in educational research.


The IWM operates the Tübingen Digital Teaching Lab (TüDiLab) as a joint facility with the University of Tübingen. The TüDiLab, which is funded by the Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden Württemberg (Ministry of Science, Research & Arts Baden-Württemberg), serves to train teachers for the arrangement of media-based teaching in a practice-oriented way. The TüDiLab regularly organises seminars for student teachers, workshops for teachers and practitioners and for educational researchers. In addition to the practical benefit for teacher training, the TüDiLab is also a research laboratory. It has equipment for the digital support of teaching as well as various survey instruments, which allow a temporally high-resolution recording of teaching and learning processes in real teaching situations.
At the beginning of 2019, the IWM, together with the University, decided and initiated the establishment of a joint research and transfer centre for digitisation in teacher training. The centre is to combine regional expertise on this topic, make synergies visible and facilitate further cooperation between the partners. Similar to the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus, the centre is jointly managed by the IWM and the University of Tübingen. It links activities of the IWM, the Tübingen School of Education, the Institute of Educational Science and the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology.

Tübingen Research Campus

The IWM is a member of the Tübingen Research Campus (TRC), a network consisting of the University of Tübingen and non-university research institutions. The aim of the TRC is to exploit synergy effects and jointly promote excellent research in Tübingen. There are numerous collaborations between the partners in research projects. In addition, facilities are used jointly and young scientists are trained.