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


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.


Conference "Social Innovation and Socio-Digital Transformation – Towards a Comprehensive Innovation Policy" will be held in Dortmund


27.03.2019 – The European School of Social Innovation (ESSI), the Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund (Central Scientific Institute of the TU Dortmund University) and DASA Working World Exhibition are delighted to announce the 5th Global Research Conference: Social Innovation and Socio-Digital Transformation – Towards a Comprehensive Innovation Policy, taking place on 28th and 29th October 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. It is going to be one of the key events on social innovation research and practice in this year. Because of limited space we strongly recommend to register early.


Social Innovation Community (SIC) publishes yearbook


21.03.2019 – With the project “Social Innovation Community” (SIC) coming to an end, a yearbook was published at the beginning of March. The publication summarises the project and its findings in the context of social Innovation.


Final event of the projects "KliMoPrax" and "UseUClim" in Dortmund


20.03.2019 – On 14.03.2019 the joint final event of the projects "KliMoPrax" and "UseUClim" in the BMBF-funded program "Urban Climate Under Change" was held at the DFB Museum in Dortmund. The event was organized by the sfs (Central Scientific Institute of the TU Dortmund University) in collaboration with the Research Institute for Water and Waste Management at RWTH Aachen (FiW). The results of the project were presented to, and discussed with, representatives from municipal practice.


SIKE – Social Innovation through Knowledge Exchange: Social innovation in the Basque Country and Portugal

Foto SIKE Deusto_sfs

20.03.2019 – Between March 11th and March 15th 2019, members of the project SIKE (Social Innovation through Knowledge Exchange) visited their Iberian partners to gain insight into social innovation initiatives located in Bilbao, Lisbon and Aveiro. The sfs-scientists Dmitri Domanski and Sabrina Janz attended the site visit.


Back into the labour market with Romeo and Juliet: First transnational theatre training from JobAct Europe successfully started in Turin


26.02.2019 – The first of four international theatre trainings by the project JobAct Europe took place from 01/02 – 05/02/2019 in Turin. In 4 days participants from Italy, France, Hungary and Germany were taught methods of social art for social inclusion practically and theoretically. Kerstin Guhlemann and Christine Best from the sfs attended these trainings for scientific support.


Social Innovation through Knowledge Exchange: SIKE Event at TU Dortmund University


18.02.2019 – The SIKE project visited the region of North Rhine-Westphalia and learned about its social innovation ecosystem. In this context, Dmitri Domanski and Sabrina Janz of TU Dortmund University organised an event, where project partners and social innovation actors from the region discussed the challenges of knowledge exchange and multi-sectoral collaboration. The event took place on February 5th at the Social Research Centre (sfs) of TU Dortmund University, one of the project partners.


PIKSL as the host of a workshop for the international SIKE-Team in Düsseldorf


15.02.2019 – On Wednesday, February 6th, employees of the projects SIKE (Social innovation through knowledge exchange) and PIKSL (Person-centered interaction and communication for more self-determination in life) met for a cross-project workshop in the PIKSL laboratory in Düsseldorf. Dmitri Domanski and Sabrina Janz (SIKE) as well as Jennifer Eckhardt and Christoph Kaletka (PIKSL) represented the Social Research Centre Dortmund (sfs) as scientific partner in both projects. The joint exchange focused on the topics social innovation and co-creation.


TU Dortmund University at the symposium “Connecting Innovations with Social Issues” in Japan

Connecting Innovations with Social Issues Okayama

19.01.2019 – Dmitri Domanski was invited to Okayama University in Japan to talk about social innovation research in Europe and to share the key findings of the SI-DRIVE project. Altogether, researchers from the areas of social and economic sciences, engineering and natural sciences contributed to the symposium.


Social Innovation Transfer Network s_inn – Kick-Off Meeting in Bochum


18.12.2018 – The Kick-Off meeting of the Social Innovation Transfer Network (s_inn) took place on December 13th in Bochum. Dmitri Domanski, researcher at TU Dortmund University, was invited to join the event as an expert in a moderated conversation about social innovation.