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


Launch of the SISCODE online seminar "Co-creation for policy makers: An Introduction”

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08.06.2021 – The SISCODE project has produced a free online seminar that looks at the different aspects of co-creation and provides information on the benefits of public engagement for policymaking.


How meanwhile uses increase the quality and diversity of urban regeneration projects: T-Factor project publishes first research findings in Advanced Cases Portfolio


01.06.2021 – On 8 June, the T-Factor project will present the results of the Comparative Case Study during a public online event. The event highlights the selected T-Factor Advanced Case Studies as well as further examples of successful meanwhile uses in European urban regeneration processes.


Social innovation for Urban Resilience: Jürgen Howaldt at the European Social Economy Summit


01.06.2021 – In his presentation in the session “Social Innovation for Community Health Resilience under Climate Change” at the European Social Economy Summit (26 - 27 May 2021 | Digital Conference broadcasted from Mannheim) sfs-director Jürgen Howaldt shared his view on the role of social innovation to improve urban resilience to climate changes.


Toolset of the Erasmus+ project JobAct Europe published: Back into the labour market with Social Art

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25.05.2021 – Interested practitioners can now read about how labour market integration with Social Art works in three brochures - and apply it themselves: The results of the European project have been practically prepared in the form of a collection of tools in five different languages and are now available for Download.


New book available: Workplace Innovation and Leadership


11.05.2021 – Based on socio-technical system approaches, empirical research and practical experience, Workplace Innovation is a tradition-rich work design concept on european level. Scientists from sfs contribute in many cooperation projects own conceptual approaches and empirical results to this perspective. Against the background leading european scholars and promoters of the WPI concept highlight in this book aspects of leadership in context of digitalisation.


European Partnership for the (Digital) Inclusion of Disadvantaged Youth: ViSAS Project launched

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11.05.2021 – How can European youth work remain innovative and sustainable, despite the pandemic? This question is addressed in the project "ViSAS - Virtual Social Art Stage" with a transformation of artistic methods into the digital space. The Erasmus+ project is scientifically monitored by sfs researchers Kerstin Guhlemann and Christine Best and started in April with an online kick-off event.


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.