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


beyondwork 2020: BMBF organizes European labour research conference


31.07.2020 – What does the change in work mean for people? How can companies prepare their employees for this change in the best way? And how do the European countries react to the change process? On 21 and 22 October 2020, representatives of European politics, research, business and social partners will meet at the World Conference Center in Bonn and online to discuss current results, exchange ideas, to network and to learn from each other. The Social Research Centre will be represented with three new projects.


Bundestag decides to promote social innovation


04.06.2020 – On Friday, May 29th, the German Bundestag has decided to increase the support for social innovation. The motion titled „Stronger support and more efficient use of social innovation“, proposed by CDU/CSU and SPD, the two currently ruling coalition fractions, emphasizes social innovation’s increasing importance within a comprehensive innovation concept. The motion explicitly refers to the „Atlas of Social Innovation - New Practices for a Better Future“ edited by TU Dortmund.


Contributions on social innovation in a series of digital workshops and at the “Gründungscafé” of the Centre of Entrepreneurship & Transfer (CET)


20.05.2020 – On May 7th, Sabrina Janz from TU Dortmund University gave the participants an insight into the topic of social innovation and the contribution it can make to social progress.


An innovative and healthy way (back) into working life: project "GUIDE - promoting health for permanent employment" is launched


10.04.2020 – GUIDE supports people with health restrictions who are threatened by permanent exclusion from working life. With the scientific monitoring of the Technical University of Dortmund/ Sozialforschungsstelle (sfs), long-term unemployed people will be fostered to maintain or restore their ability to work through a mixture of intensive coaching and meaningful work experiences.


Online Meetup funding opportunities of social ideas


06.04.2020 – On March 25th, Sabrina Janz and Adrian Götting organized an online workshop on financing and funding opportunities for founders and interested parties in the context of the project SIKE in cooperation with the project Beyond Divides of Impact Hub Ruhr.


Social art as an educational principle: Intensive training for the development of strategic project goals and exchange of methods

ArtE – The Art of Employability_Training_Witten_Projektfabrik

15.03.2020 – After the kick-off of the new project ArtE - The Art of Employability as the successor project of JobAct Europe had already taken place in Witten in November 2019, the international project team met again for an initial training.


Successful kick-off workshop of the project "ProPolis" in Dortmund


06.02.2020 – On January 28, 2020, the kick-off workshop in the ProPolis project took place in Dortmund. ProPolis is implemented in the BMBF funding measure Urban Climate under Change [UC]². Organised by the Social Research Centre (sfs), Central Scientific Institute of the TU Dortmund University, the first work results were achieved in a workshop with participants from all 13 partner municipalities, project partners and representatives from the joint projects MOSAIK-2 and 3DO + M.


European Partnership for Social Inclusion: EU-project "ARTE - The Art of Employability" has started


20.12.2019 – With the common goal of improving the position of young unemployed people in the labour market and against the background of high youth unemployment in the Mediterranean region, institutions from Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany have joined forces in the EU project "ARTE - The Art of Employability". Scientifically accompanied by sfs, unemployed young people are supported on their way into the labour market by a combination of theatre projects and entrepreneurial job coaching.


SIKE Workshop at Impact Hub Ruhr


01.12.2019 – On the 20th of November, a workshop about success and obstacles for social innovation labs was held within the SIKE project in Essen city’s Impact Hub Ruhr. Sabrina Janz and Adrian Götting from TU Dortmund University organized the event alongside with their SIKE partner Social Impact gGmbH and the project Beyond Divides.


Dortmund welcomes more than 200 Social Innovation researchers, practitioners and policy makers from all around the world

5th Global Research Conference

22.11.2019 – From 28 to 29 October 2019 the ‘5th Global Research Conference: Social Innovation and Socio-Digital Transformation - Towards a Comprehensive Innovation Policy’ took place in Dortmund at the DASA Working World Exhibition. As a key event for Social Innovation in 2019, it successfully brought together more than 200 researchers, practitioners and policy makers from 40 countries in the field of Social Innovation and policy.


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.