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


Working on urban problems at Social Innovation Summer School


27.09.2016 – 40 participants worked on solutions to societal challenges at the Summer School on “Urban Social Innovation” in Tilburg on September 20-23. It was organized by the Social Innovation Community project (SIC) and co-hosted by TU Dortmund University / Sozialforschungsstelle.


Congress “Innovation for Society”


27.09.2016 – How does interaction between human beings change if there is change in the economical environment, and what kind of consequences does Industry 4.0 have on life of individuals? This is only one of the many topics of social innovation. To bring together the different topical areas and actors research scientists hosted a two-day congress in Berlin on September 20th and 21st 2016 which was opened with a speech by the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Prof Johanna Wanka.


MAKE-IT research discussed at Innovative Citizen Festival in Dortmund


20.09.2016 – sfs-researcher Dr. Bastian Pelka introduced findings from the “MAKE-IT” project at Dortmund’s “Innovative citizen” festival. Within his input he described the broad variety of different types of maker spaces through Europe as identified in MAKE-IT ‘s case studies and contributed to a scenario for the use of open workshops in Germany in 2030.


SIC meets SI-DRIVE: Breakout Session on Social Innovation Research


13.09.2016 – Recent developments in social innovation research were discussed at the breakout session during the meeting of the Steering Committee of the project SI-DRIVE in Dortmund. Ten international experts took actively part in the event, which was conducted by Dmitri Dimanski and Christoph Kaletka from TU Dortmund University - sfs.


"KoSI-Lab" project kick-off


13.09.2016 – Urban social innovation labs for sustainable development and demographic change: The transdisciplinary project “KoSI-Lab” has started.


The “Social Innovation Community” website is online now!


12.09.2016 – Since September the website of the EU project Social Innovation Community (SIC) is online. This new web portal functions as a network of excisting projects in the field of Social Innovation and creates attention for various projects and research activities.


sfs at the S4C Conference


06.09.2016 – The international project “Strategy for Change” organized the conference “Social Innovation Training in Higher Education”, which took place in Dublin from 31 August to 1 September 2016. It was attended by representatives of different societal sectors, above all from European Universities and NGOs.


Social innovation initiatives for a more inclusive society

Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2016) in Toronto

05.09.2016 – The empirical results of a global mapping of 1.005 social innovation initiatives have been one key topic of the „Technology for Inclusion and Participation (TIP)“ session, organized by the homonymous research cluster of TU Dortmund University at the Human-Computer-Interaction Conference (HCI 2016) in Toronto.


Award for researchers from Sozialforschungsstelle and Technical University Dortmund


30.08.2016 – Junior Professor Ingo Bosse (Faculty of Rehabilitation Science) and Dr. Bastian Pelka (Social Research Centre) were awarded a price by German Ministry of Education and Research for their project proposal “SELFMADE – photonic technologies for people with disabilities”. Both researchers are members of the Cluster Technology for Inclusion and Participation (TIP). With the 100,000 EUR funding, they will create an inclusive maker space in Dortmund and design a checklist for inclusive maker spaces.


SIC Summer School “Urban Social Innovation”

Logo Summer School

03.08.2016 – The project “Social Innovation Community” (SIC), in collaboration with the European Social Innovation Week 2016, invites to its first Summer School which will take place in Tilburg on 20-23 September 2016.