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


Social art with and for stakeholders: Event series in the Erasmus+ project JobAct Europe successfully completed


12.11.2019 – A series of events for stakeholders and employment agencies in the Erasmus+ project "JobAct Europe - social inclusion through social arts", launched at the beginning of the year, has now been successfully completed.


Social Innovation in Brazil and Germany – A visit to Porto Alegre


21.10.2019 – Prof. Jürgen Howaldt, Dmitri Domanski and Adrian Götting from TU Dortmund University visited Porto Alegre within the scope of the DAAD exchange project “Social Innovation in Collaborative Projects”. On the 23rd of September a workshop took place in which Prof. Jürgen Howaldt and Dmitri Domanski both held presentations, reflecting on different approaches with regard to the topic of social innovation. On the following day, Prof. Howaldt, Dmitri Domanski and Adrian Götting were invited to the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) to discuss further collaboration and plans to intensify the partnership with the TU Dortmund University.


Kickoff: BMBF project "Sociodigital Transformation towards Excellent Leadership and Labour”

ella4.0Excellent Leadership and Labour

16.10.2019 – On the 8th and 9th of October all involved partners started the BMBF project "Sociodigital Transformation towards Excellent Leadership and Labour” (eLLa4.0). The target of eLLa 4.0 is to support management executives to manage the digital transformation in their organisation. For this goal it is necessary to understand the operations and interactions of socio-digital systems and to develop “interactional competence”.


Social Innovation in Latin America – A visit to Montevideo and Buenos Aires


15.10.2019 – On the 27rd of September Prof. Jürgen Howaldt and Dmitri Domanski from TU Dortmund University visited the University of Montevideo, Uruguay. In a workshop organized by Prof. Judith Sutz and her team, Prof. Jürgen Howaldt presented the new Atlas of Social Innovation and held a presentation reflecting on the role of universities and social sciences with regard to the topic of social innovation.


Release of the “Atlas of Social Innovation - 2nd Volume: A World of New Practices”


02.10.2019 – Social innovation has increasingly been attracting attention. Countless approaches and initiatives illustrate the dynamism and potential of social innovation to address the most urgent societal challenges and develop continuously new solutions for pressing problems. At the same time, social innovation is gaining importance in coping with the fundamental socio-digital transformation by increasing the innovative capacity and future sustainability of society. It is regarded as an important factor to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by creating repeatedly new sustainable social practices in production and consumption. This second volume of the Atlas of Social Innovation provides a multi-perspective, comprehensive and international research overview on 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.