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


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.


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.