Ulrike Cress studied psychology at the University of Tübingen in Germany; she subsequently undertook a doctorate on the subject of “self-regulated learning”, and completed her habilitation, the qualification for university teaching in Germany, in 2006 with a thesis entitled the “The Information Exchange Dilemma”.
She is director of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (Leibniz Institute of Knowledge Media, abbreviated IWM) in Tübingen, where she also heads the “Knowledge Construction” work group, and a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Tübingen. Ulrike Cress is also director of the Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Tübingen’s “Cognitive Interfaces”, a structural research network involving the IWM and the University of Tübingen. In her research, she looks at ways in which digital media are able to support knowledge, learning and communication processes not only in schools or universities, for example, but also in informal contexts. She has hitherto published over 200 scientific articles and book chapters in this field.
Prof. Cress is a co-applicant of LEAD (Learning, Educational Achievement, and Life Course Development), the Tübingen-based graduate school supported by the German Excellence Initiative, a member of the Tübingen School of Education, and a member of the program commission of the Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern (Bavarian Virtual University). Ulrike Cress regularly acts as program chair at major international conference, among them the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, the International Conference on Computers in Education and the European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning. The Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien which she heads enjoys high standing as research institute at national and international level.
Since July 2018, Prof. Cress has been deputy chairwoman of non-profit Deutsche Telekom Stiftung.