Professor Christoph Igel is the Principal Researcher and Scientific Director of the Educational Technology Lab at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Berlin. After completing studies in history, sport science, educational science and political science (1989-1996), he completed a doctorate at the University of Saarland on the importance of cognitions for internet-based learning (2000) and then wrote a postdoctoral thesis at the University of Münster on the potential and added value of e-learning for the strategic development of universities and academic disciplines in Europe (2007). He has been a Visiting Professor at the Continuing Education School in Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) since 2011, and since 2015 has held the post of Professor of Educational Technology in the Faculty of Computer Science at TU Chemnitz. He has been a member of the DFKI management since 2016.
To date, Professor Igel has presided over more than 100 national and international research, development, innovation and consultation projects on technology-based training and qualification in business, education, science and administration. He has written numerous monographs and articles in national and international journals, edited collected editions, and been a regular keynote speaker and driving force at national and international conferences for industry, science, associations and politics. He advices DAX companies and SMEs on staff development issues in the era of digitisation, the internet of things and industry 4.0, and is an expert reviewer for funding programmes run by institutions such as the German Federal Ministries of Economics and Technology (BMWI) and Education and Research (BMBF) and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Industry (BMWFW).
Since 2013 Professor Igel has been the chair of the ‘Intelligent Education Networks’ expert group as part of the federal government’s national Digital Summit, and was in the same year appointed co-chair of the ‘Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning in Medicine’ working group for the German Society of Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS) and the German Society for Computer Science (GI). His research and innovation activities on digitisation and education and his personal commitment as a trustee of various professional training, Europe and sustainability foundations have won him several awards. In 2009, representatives from science and economy named Professor Igel ‘Chief Learning Officer’ among Germany’s leading figures, and since 2017 he has been an ambassador for the National MINT Forum and has been committed to education in the fields of mathematics, computing, science and technology.