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Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund is a centre of applied social research with a thematic focus on labour and (social) innovation.


Workplace Innovation as Social Innovation: Slow farewell or continuation of the techno-centric age?


20.09.2019 – Dr. Ralf Kopp recently contributed a presentation to the congress “The Future of Work” of the Swiss Sociological Association which took place in Neuchâtel on September 10-12. The presentation was held in the workshop “Social innovation in the Workplace and the Future of Work. Outcomes for a social policy agenda in Europe and beyond“. All abstracts for the workshop are freely accessible.


Social Innovation: Local Solutions to Global Challenges – Keynote speech by Prof. Jürgen Howaldt at ISIRC 2019 in Glasgow

ISIRC 2019 in Glasgow Howaldt

19.09.2019 – From the 2nd to the 4th of September the world’s leading interdisciplinary social innovation research conference ISIRC took place in Glasgow. On this occasion, Prof. Jürgen Howaldt held a keynote, in which he stressed the importance of a comprehensive innovation policy. Dmitri Domanski, who also participated in the conference, presented an approach of the SIKE project, reflecting on different methods in order to foster knowledge exchange between academia and practitioners from other societal sectors.


Students for Change: Final Event in Mexico City

Students for Change Final Event in Mexico City

16.09.2019 – From the 26th to the 28th of August, the final event of the Erasmus+ project Students for Change took place in Mexico City. During the event, different presentations were held about the topics of social innovation and social entrepreneurship, primarily in a Latin American context. Dmitri Domanski, Sabrina Janz and Adrian Götting from TU Dortmund University joined the event and the final discussions of the project. Thereby, Dmitri Domanski and Sabrina Janz held a presentation, reflecting on different methods and mechanisms to foster knowledge exchange between academia and practice with regard to social innovation.


International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation: Release of a Special Issue about Workplace Innovation


11.09.2019 – A special issue on Workplace Innovation in the Era of Disruptive Technologies in the “International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation” shows why the digital transformation requires workplace innovation. sfs-researchers contributed to this publication the article "Sociotechnical perspectives on digitalisation and Industry 4.0".


First jubilee: TIP-Cluster presents research results for the 5th time at HCI conferene in Orlando


03.08.2019 – The diverse and interdisciplinary research activities in the field of "Technology for Inclusion and Participation (TIP)" were the topic of a session of the same name at the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI 2019) conference in Orlando, USA.


Four lectures by researchers of TU Dortmund University at Eu-SPRI 2019 in Rome


18.07.2019 – Eu-SPRI (European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation) is one of the most important research consortia on science, technology and innovation in Europe. Members and associates of the network meet annually. This year, the Eu-SPRI conference took place in Rome from the 5th to the 7th of June. Four researchers from TU Dortmund University were invited to present their research results and current projects.


High-tech forum discusses the role of social innovations for the mobility sector


12.07.2019 – On July 8, Jürgen Howaldt participated in the stakeholder-workshop "Social Innovation in the Field of Mobility" of the Hightech-Forum at the Fraunhofer Forum in Berlin. Together with experts from business, science, civil society and politics, the potential of social innovation in the field of mobility was explored and the specific requirements for the promotion of social innovation discussed.


Jürgen Howaldt attends the conference „Enhancing Sustainable Growth: Skills And Smart Work Organization In The Digital Era“ in Finland


11.07.2019 – Jürgen Howaldt was invited to participate in the high level Conference for Competitiveness in Helsinki on July 3rd. The conference „Enhancing Sustainable Growth: Skills And Smart Work Organization In The Digital Era“ was the opening event for the Finish Presidency of the European Council. In his presentation he spoke about the increasing role of social innovation for organizations in the digital era.


Social innovation in Croatia: SIKE visits project partners in Zagreb

SIKE Zagreb

14.05.2019 – Between 6th and 8th of May 2019, members of the SIKE project (Social Innovation through Knowledge Exchange) met in Zagreb to talk about the progress of the project as well as to experience the social innovation ecosystem in Croatia. Dmitri Domanski and Sabrina Janz presented their current work in the project.


Students 4 Change: Social innovation and social entrepreneurship at Latin American universities


16.04.2019 – From the 8th to the 10th of April a meeting took place in Bogotá as part of the Erasmus + project "Students 4 Change", in which Dmitri Domanski and Sabrina Janz of TU Dortmund University participated. The Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios (UNIMINUTO) hosted the meeting in Colombia. The detailed exchange between project partners, lecturers, students and university executives took center stage of the event.


Conference "Social Innovation and Socio-Digital Transformation – Towards a Comprehensive Innovation Policy" will be held in Dortmund


27.03.2019 – The European School of Social Innovation (ESSI), the Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund (Central Scientific Institute of the TU Dortmund University) and DASA Working World Exhibition are delighted to announce the 5th Global Research Conference: Social Innovation and Socio-Digital Transformation – Towards a Comprehensive Innovation Policy, taking place on 28th and 29th October 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. It is going to be one of the key events on social innovation research and practice in this year. Because of limited space we strongly recommend to register early.


Social Innovation Community (SIC) publishes yearbook


21.03.2019 – With the project “Social Innovation Community” (SIC) coming to an end, a yearbook was published at the beginning of March. The publication summarises the project and its findings in the context of social Innovation.


Final event of the projects "KliMoPrax" and "UseUClim" in Dortmund


20.03.2019 – On 14.03.2019 the joint final event of the projects "KliMoPrax" and "UseUClim" in the BMBF-funded program "Urban Climate Under Change" was held at the DFB Museum in Dortmund. The event was organized by the sfs (Central Scientific Institute of the TU Dortmund University) in collaboration with the Research Institute for Water and Waste Management at RWTH Aachen (FiW). The results of the project were presented to, and discussed with, representatives from municipal practice.


SIKE – Social Innovation through Knowledge Exchange: Social innovation in the Basque Country and Portugal

Foto SIKE Deusto_sfs

20.03.2019 – Between March 11th and March 15th 2019, members of the project SIKE (Social Innovation through Knowledge Exchange) visited their Iberian partners to gain insight into social innovation initiatives located in Bilbao, Lisbon and Aveiro. The sfs-scientists Dmitri Domanski and Sabrina Janz attended the site visit.


Back into the labour market with Romeo and Juliet: First transnational theatre training from JobAct Europe successfully started in Turin


26.02.2019 – The first of four international theatre trainings by the project JobAct Europe took place from 01/02 – 05/02/2019 in Turin. In 4 days participants from Italy, France, Hungary and Germany were taught methods of social art for social inclusion practically and theoretically. Kerstin Guhlemann and Christine Best from the sfs attended these trainings for scientific support.