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


Reminder: Final conference of the project SISCODE -Codesign for society in innovation and science


03.05.2021 – Starting today, on 3-7 May 2021, the final conference of the SISCODE project will take place under the title "Co-creating human-centred policies - for a better Europe". During five mornings, results of the project will be presented and a joint manifesto for "Future Policy Making" will be developed. Registration is open until the last day of the conference.


SISCODE at the ISPIM Innovation Conference 2021

2021 ISPIM Innovation Conference Innovating Together

30.04.2021 – Over the past three years, SISCODE has been working alongside two other Horizon 2020 funded projects that are also looking at co-creation: SCALINGS and LIV:IN. As all three projects are ending and will come together again in a panel session at the ISPIM Innovation Conference on June 23rd to share their learnings and to generate a discussion about specific elements of co-creation generated from their distinct empirical material, while identifying the continuing challenges and opportunities seen in this powerful concept.


Major European Network will set up “National Competence Centres for Social Innovation”


30.04.2021 – During ESF’s new funding period 2021-2027, social innovation will be in the spotlight. A key part of “ESF Plus”, as the new seven-year framework is named, will be the “EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI)”. EaSI is supposed to promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guarantee adequate and decent social protection, combat social exclusion and poverty, and improve working conditions through social innovations. The German consortium as a part of a large international network, will start its work for these goals in May 2021 with the participation of the sfs.


Final Event of the Project „SIKE – Social Innovation Through Knowledge Exchange“


13.04.2021 – After three years of intensive and transnational work the project “SIKE - Social Innovation through Knowledge Exchange” comes to an end. During the digital final event on 23 April 2021 the project results will be presented and discussed. Furthermore the regional winner teams of the Evolve competition from Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Scotland and Germany will present their social Start-Ups.


Final conference of the project "SISCODE - Codesign for society in innovation and science"


29.03.2021 – From 3-7 May 2021 the final conference "Co-creating human-centred policies - for a better Europe" of the SISCODE project will take place . During five mornings, results of the project will be presented and a joint manifesto for "Future Policymaking" will be developed. In addition, a MOOC about “Co-creation for policy makers: an introductory course” will be launched, which can already be accessed via POK (Polimi Open Knowledge) and soon also via the EU Academy.Vom 3.-7. Mai 2021 findet die Abschlusskonferenz des SISCODE Projekts unter dem Titel “Co-creating human-centered policies - for a better Europe“ statt. An fünf Vormittagen werden Ergebnisse des Projekts präsentiert und ein gemeinsames Manifest für „Zukünftige Politikgestaltung“ erarbeitet.


Erasmus+ Project ARTE: Theatre premieres in Florence and Barcelona under special conditions


04.03.2021 – The show must go on - especially in pandemic exceptional times. This applies as never before as a look at ArtE pilot projects in Italy and Spain shows. The project "ArtE - The Art of Employability", scientifically monitored by sfs researchers Kerstin Guhlemann and Christine Best, aims to improve the social situation and labour market opportunities of young adults in the Mediterranean region; this by the combination of social work, entrepreneurship training with the artistic methods of drama and theatre. To organize the theatre work safely special concepts had to be enabled.


Skills Alliance for Industrial Symbiosis (SPIRE-SAIS) goes Industry 5.0


28.01.2021 – SPIRE-SAIS, a major European research project coordinated by TU Dortmund University, focuses on human and societal aspects of the digitalisation of industrial workplaces. As one of the current key projects of Sozialforschungsstelle, it is the result of long-term cooperations with international partners from research, industry, and policy.


SIKE workshops on the topic of social start-ups


24.01.2021 – As part of the SIKE project, two online workshops on the topic of social start-ups took place on the 12th and 14th of January 2021, organised by Sabrina Janz and Adrian Götting from the sfs with their project partner Social Impact Berlin and in cooperation with Jens Koller from the Innovation-Lab Bochum.


Pilot projects and international meeting with safety distance

The Art of Employability Meeting Florence

03.11.2020 – Rules of hygiene practices, physical distancing and wearing face masks: International meeting and theater premieres within the Erasmus+ project ArtE - The Art of Employability took place in Florence under special conditions.


The power of ‘Meanwhile’: T-Factor project kicks off to unleash urban regeneration through heritage, culture, and creativity


30.10.2020 – Cultural and creative hubs are redefining the process of place-making. The T-Factor consortium has made it its mission to harness their potential and spark urban regeneration in a variety of historic urban areas across Europe. SFS joins the team to provide expertise on Social Innovation and Social Inclusion, and share how, through culture and creativity, Dortmunder U became one of Dortmund’s most iconic places.


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.