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


Students 4 Change: Innovation and social entrepreneurship in higher education


16.07.2018 – Dmitri Domanski and Sabrina Janz joined a meeting that took place within the course of the Erasmus+ project “Students 4 Change” in Porto Alegre, Brazil from the 9th until the 13th of July. The activity was hosted by Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS). The idea behind the meeting was to enable a detailed discourse between project partners and lecturers, in order to create a curriculum that fosters innovation and social entrepreneurship at Latin American universities.


Social Innovation Community Summer School: Social Innovation in the Public Sector


03.07.2018 – From the 27th until the 29th of June 2018, around 50 people met at the SIC Summer School in San Sebastián (Spain) to share with participants, learn and explore principles, models and strategies of public innovation. This edition of the Summer School “SUMSIC 2018: Social Innovation in the Public Sector” created a shared learning space between the social and political spheres. The Summer School was the 4th of 5 organised and held by the European Horizon 2020 project team – the Social Innovation Community.


SIKE – Social Innovation through Knowledge Exchange: Consortium meeting at Glasgow Caledonian University


18.06.2018 – The consortium meeting in July 2018 marked the second SIKE function after the kick-off event in February. Sabrina Janz from TU Dortmund University – sfs joined the meeting, which took place at Glasgow Caledonian University, to present first project results.


TU Dortmund University became new member of the Eu-SPRI Forum


06.06.2018 – On the General Assembly of the Eu-SPRI Forum TU Dortmund University was accepted as a new member of the high-level network. The “European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation” (Eu-SPRI Forum) aims to strengthen the vibrant but dispersed interdisciplinary community of researchers focusing on interdisciplinary dimensions related to policy and governance in the field of knowledge creation and innovation. The Social Research Centre at the TU Dortmund University will contribute to the ongoing discussion about the next generation of innovation policy by focusing on the increasing role of social innovation in the national and international debate.


Eu-SPRI Early Career Research Conference: sfs-researchers provide insights into new practices for societal challenges


29.05.2018 – What does innovation for and with society mean? How can sustainable innovations be identified and supported? Over 40 PhD candidates from all over Europe used the Eu-SPRI-conference in Valencia to share and discuss their research focussing on these and similar questions. sfs-researcher Katharina Schrot presented insights to the process of “Roadmapping”, a method used to structure participation processes, while Marthe Zirngiebl discussed the first sketches of a typology of social innovation.


Social Innovation Community Summer School: Regions as Social Innovations Ecosystems


15.05.2018 – Together with the Middle Black Sea Development Agency (OKA) the European Horizon 2020 project Social Innovation Community (SIC) hosted a Summer School from the 9th to 11th of May 2018 in Samsun, Turkey. The participants explored the topic of “Regions as Social Innovation ecosystems”. The Summer School was an opportunity for conversation and peer learning through three days of practical, hands-on problem solving workshops around local challenges. Dmitri Domanski from TU Dortmund University –sfs held a lecture under the title “The Social Innovation (research) landscape – Moving the field towards an inclusive community”.


Atlas of Social Innovation was presented at the Asia-Pacific-Forum of the United Nations in Bangkok


18.04.2018 – The Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development: „Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” took place from 28 to 30 March 2018 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. Organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) with more than 750 participants, including representatives from 51 countries, 29 International organizations and representatives of civil society, Antonius Schröder was invited to present the Atlas of Social Innovation and the main results of the SI-DRIVE project at a fair stand and in the side event “Social Innovations for Social Change: An Alternate Pathway for Creating an Enabling Environment for Sustainable and Resilient Communities”.


Prof. Jürgen Howaldt visits the Social Innovation Observatory in Florianopolis


16.03.2018 – During his stay in Brazil Jürgen Howaldt took the opportunity to visit the State University of Santa Catarina and to exchange ideas about Social Innovation Initiatives in Brazil and Germany. He also has spoken to representatives of the Social innovation Observatory that aims to create an ecosystem for social innovation in the city of Florianopolis.


Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt presents SI-DRIVE results in Brazil

Social Innovation and public policy Brasilia

15.03.2018 – Following the invitation of the Brazilian government Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt presented the results of the global mapping of the SI-DRIVE-project at the International Seminar “Social Innovation and public policy” which took place from 7th to 8th of March in Brasilia. Together with national and international experts from the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank), the World Bank and the Brazilian government more than 300 participants exchanged ideas about social innovation initiatives and discussed the possible role of social innovation for public policy in Brazil. For more insights into the conference and the presentation of Prof. Jürgen Howaldt a conference video is embedded in this news.


Videos of the CrESSI final conference in Oxford are now online


27.02.2018 – The final event of CrESSI (Creating Economic Space for Social Innovation) at the Said Business School, University of Oxford on 26th of January brought together academics, practitioners and policymakers from a wide range of disciplines to focus on how interventions drawing on social innovation can address major economic, social and power imbalances and inequalities. Videos of the speakers, like of Prof. Jürgen Howaldt, who also presented the project SI-DRIVE and the “Atlas of Social Innovation” are now available.