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Trans-Atlantic Platform: Expert Workshop on emerging research topics at TU Dortmund University - sfs

Over thirty funding agencies and researchers from South and North America and Europe took part in the expert workshop on „Resilient and Innovative Societies“ of the Trans-Atlantic Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities (T-AP).


From December 1st to 3rd 2015 the participants engaged in presentations and discussions to foster networking between researchers and funding agencies, to identify future research fields and transatlantic cooperation possibilities. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt, Scientific Advisor of the event, gave an introduction on the topic of „Resilient and Innovative Societies“. Social Innovation being one thematic pillar of the event, the participants also joined an excursion on structural change and social innovation in Dortmund. The group visited the Nordhand micro-funding agency and the Dortmund centre for female founders (Gründerinnenzentrum) and learned about “Nordwärts”, the new major city development project for revitalizing the northern part of Dortmund. The excursion was supported by Dortmund’s Economic Development Agency (Wirtschaftsförderung).

The Transatlantic Platform Social Sciences and Humanities (T-AP) was founded in 2013 and aims to enhance the ability of humanities and social science funders, research organizations and researchers to engage in transnational collaboration. The third workshop was the last of three workshops in 2015 of the Transatlantic Platform Social Sciences and Humanities (T-AP) that focused to foster research on innovation through the Horizon 2020 – The EU Framework Program.