LEAD and CharVEL are two collaborative research groups operating at the Tampere University of Technology (LEAD) and University of Tampere (CharVEL). The groups’ research focuses on professional growth and learning in the contexts of education and working life. The LEAD research group studies factors related to the teaching, learning, and development of expertise in formal (higher education) and informal (working life) engineering contexts. LEAD is part of the Novi research center in the Industrial and Information Management Laboratory at the Tampere University of Technology. The CharVEL research group investigates characteristics and predictors related to vocational expertise and excellence in the context of secondary and post-secondary education. Both groups are led by Professor Petri Nokelainen.