Prof. Dr. Iris Winkler is professor for German Language and Literature Education (L1) at the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany. In her research, she explores teaching and learning processes in the literature classroom, the professional development of prospective German teachers and the impact of tasks on cognitive activation (KoALa). In her latest projects, Iris Winkler is particularly interested in the question of how digital tools and environments can be used to intensify the relationship between theory and practice in teacher training (OVID-PRAX, DiLe). Apart from her research, Iris Winkler is Vice-President for Learning and Teaching at the Friedrich Schiller University and advocates for better teaching and learning conditions. In her own teaching, she wants to convince her students that scientific knowledge can open up new ways of dealing with and reflecting on challenges at their future workplaces.