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Research group leader, principal investigator, and ATTRACT-fellow, University of Luxembourg

Dr Samuel Greiff is research group leader, principal investigator, and ATTRACT-fellow at University of Luxembourg. He holds a PhD in cognitive and experimental psychology from the University of Heidelberg (passed with distinction).

Dr Greiff has been awarded several national and international research funds by the German Ministry of Education and Research and by the European Union (overall funding approx. 3.5 M €), is currently fellow in the Luxembourg research programme of excellency, has published articles in national and international scientific journals and books (>40 contributions in peer-reviewed journals). He has an extensive record of conference contributions and invited talks (>150 talks) and serves as editor for several journals, for instance as guest editor for Journal of Educational Psychology and as associate editor for European Journal of Psychological Assessment and Technology, Knowledge, and Learning.

He has been involved in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) as an external advisor to the PISA 2012 and 2015 Expert and Subject Matter Expert Groups and has considerably shaped the understanding of problem solving in PISA 2012 and 2015.

He has been working for several years on the assessment of transversal skills such as complex and collaborative problem solving and their role in the classroom, at work, and in private life. Currently, he is involved in the large-scale assessment of problem solving, collaboration, and life-long learning in various populations and leads a team of test developers, research assistants and graduate students totalling in a team of 10 PhD students dedicated at increasing the understanding, the measurement, and the application of different aspects of transversal skills and lifelong learning in educational contexts.


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    Research group leader, principal investigator, and ATTRACT-fellow, University of Luxembourg


ATTRACT fellow; TJA fellow