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


TU Dortmund University at the symposium “Connecting Innovations with Social Issues” in Japan

Connecting Innovations with Social Issues Okayama

19.01.2019 – Dmitri Domanski was invited to Okayama University in Japan to talk about social innovation research in Europe and to share the key findings of the SI-DRIVE project. Altogether, researchers from the areas of social and economic sciences, engineering and natural sciences contributed to the symposium.


Social Innovation Transfer Network s_inn – Kick-Off Meeting in Bochum


18.12.2018 – The Kick-Off meeting of the Social Innovation Transfer Network (s_inn) took place on December 13th in Bochum. Dmitri Domanski, researcher at TU Dortmund University, was invited to join the event as an expert in a moderated conversation about social innovation.


Potential assessment „Work 4.0“ of the joint project „Praevention 4.0“ opens up worlds of AI

Potenzialanalyse _Arbeit 4.0

11.12.2018 – Secretary of state Björn Böhning of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social (BMAS) has presented the potential assessment “Work 4.0”. This is intended to support companies in systematically importing and using 4.0-technologies. The new practice check was developed - amongst others – by the Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund/Social Research Centre Dortmund (sfs) for the needs of small and medium-sized companies and has already been successfully tested in companies.


New Pathways to Social Change: Creating Impact through Social Innovation Research


05.12.2018 – On the Austrian EU Council Presidency (November 28-29 in Vienna), Jürgen Howaldt spoke about the increasing importance of Social Innovation Research in Europe. 350 participants from all over Europe and international partner countries discussed the role of SSH in the European Research Agenda.


SISCODE: Understanding Co-Creation

SISCODE Society in Innovation and Science through CODEsign Web

05.12.2018 – SISCODE is a three-year project aiming to understand the co-creation phenomenon that is flourishing in Europe and to look at its context. Co-creation will be analysed in particular in the light of Responsible Research and Innovation and Science, technology and innovation policies. SISCODE is a research project in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework and was officially launched in May this year. The project aims to better understand co-creation as a bottom-up and design-driven phenomenon.


Official kick-off of Athene 4.0


27.11.2018 – The official starting signal was given for the research project "Athene 4.0: Person-centred digitisation to secure the future of crafts", which was launched in August with a first meeting of the project committee and the official kick-off of all project partners with the promoter. The project will develop a service platform for craft businesses, which will be accompanied by a digital coach and a work organisation concept, in order to digitise communication with customers and other trades as well as internal work processes.


"Beyond Imagination: a socially innovative Europe": Presentation of the Lisbon Declaration at Social Innovation Community’s Final Event


23.11.2018 – After three years of works, the international project Social Innovation Community (SIC) discussed its results with participants from all over Europe. While the project is finishing, the final event was the perfect scene for presenting the Lisbon Declaration to the broader public, hence opening a new chapter of social innovation in Europe.


Social Innovation Community (SIC) releases the Lisbon Declaration - Social Innovation as a Path to a Sustainable, Resilient and Inclusive Europe


29.10.2018 – EU policymakers are negotiating Europe’s next long-term budget. You can sign the Lisbon Declaration (#SIDeclaration) to indicate that Europe benefits from social innovation.


Guest article about the role of the TU Dortmund University in the field of social innovation

Latin American Social Innovation Network Results and Reflecions Book

18.10.2018 – As a result of the project LASIN (Latin American Social Innovation Network), coordinated by the Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), a book was published. The publication mainly revolves around the potential of Higher Education Institutions to engage in the field of social innovation. Dmitri Domanski and Sabrina Janz from the Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund (sfs) contributed a chapter.


Creating a Global Network for University – GCU event in Brussels


08.10.2018 – A meeting, organized by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), took place on the 6th and 7th of September in Brussels. Thematically, the role of Higher Education Institutions in social innovation projects took center stage at the event. In that context, different projects were introduced. Dmitri Domanski, researcher at TU Dortmund University, presented the projects SI-DRIVE and SIC.


Social Innovation in Russia: Exchange and collaboration with the Vologda Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Science


19.09.2018 – From the 9th to the 13th of September 2018 Antonius Schröder visited the Vologda Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences (VolRC RAS) in Russia. The exchange of Social Innovation activities included also the new collaboration of the VolRC RAS with the European School of Social Innovation (ESSI). Beside a public lecture of the main results of the SI-DRIVE project within a workshop exemplary social innovation initiatives of Vologda were discussed - considering Social Innovation as a progressive concept for regional development.


Dortmund’s first inclusive MakerSpace is one year old: Scientists from the TU Dortmund University make 3D printing available for people with disabilities


04.09.2018 – On 30 August Dortmund’s first inclusive MakerSpace celebrated its first anniversary. Scientists of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences of the TU Dortmund University and Dr. Bastian Pelka from the Social Research Centre, together with the Office for Augmentative and Alternative Communication of the workshops of the AWO at the Leuthardstraße, established a MakerSpace, where people with disabilities can use 3D printers on their own – for instance to create aids. The MakerSpace is also open and free of charge for all other visitors.


Inclusive SI-Initiatives want to scale – but how?

Human-Computer Interaction Las Vegas

29.08.2018 – There is an abundance of examples for effective social innovations, according to empirical research like the SI-DRIVE project. But how can a successful initiative from city A establish itself in city B? “Copy and paste” is not enough, as Dr. Christoph Kaletka (TU Dortmund University, sfs) explained at the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI 2018) conference in Las Vegas. In fact, differentiated knowledge of SI ecosystems and their distinctions are essential.


„Social Innovation in Urban and Regional Development“: New publication shows a broader understanding of social innovation in urban and regional contexts

Social Innovation in Urban and Regional Development Cover

28.08.2018 – The recently published edited volume „Social Innovation in Urban and Regional Development: Perspectives on an emerging field in planning and urban studies”, edited by Yvonne Franz, Hans-Heinrich Blotevogel and Rainer Danielzyk, focuses on the urban and regional development of social innovations. “People are not even aware that they are doing something socially innovative“, is the introductory sentence and among other things the publication gets to the bottom of this statement.


New article in the magazine EU Research focuses on the results of SI-DRIVE and the drivers and barriers for Social innovation


23.08.2018 – Jürgen Howaldt, Christoph Kaletka und Antonius Schröder published an article in the EU Research magazine, one of the world leading open access publications for scientific research and dissemination. The article “Getting to the core of social innovation” summarises the main results of the SI-DRIVE project (Social Innovation: Driving Force of Social Change) by underlining the comprehensive concept of Social Innovation and referring to the main drivers and barriers.