11 September 2023 | 2pm – 4pm (CEST) | Online 
Registration link (by 1 September 2023):

With the establishment of a third mission at higher education institutions, participation in social innovation initiatives becomes a topic of higher education policy and practice. For many higher education institutions, however, social innovation is still fairly new to all three missions.

The marginal engagement of research and education institutions is in strong contrast to their essential role as knowledge providers in classical innovation processes as well as one of the pillars of the triple helix model and an indispensable part of the concept of innovation systems.”
(Anderson, Domanski & Howaldt, 2018)

In the meantime, the topic is becoming more and more visible at higher education institutions around the world, which brings about good examples of successful initiatives. Thus, the focus of the ESSI webinar will be on learning from these examples. In this spirit, Mark Anderson (Glasgow Caledonian University) will share his long-standing experience in embedding social innovation in higher education institutions and present examples from Latin America, South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Kevser Çinar (Necmettin Erbakan University) and Ali Güney (Social Innovation Agency Konya) will report from the collaboration of the university with the public Social Innovation Agency in Konya, Turkey. The webinar session will be opened up by Marthe Zirngiebl and Daniel Krüger (TU Dortmund University, Social Research Centre), who will introduce the topic of social innovation at higher education institutions. They also provide brief insights into the development of a platform for social innovation in Germany. This platform is dedicated to German higher education institutions as one of its target groups and, in addition to building a network, also aspires to explore the anchoring of social innovation in the practice of the three missions of universities.


Time (CEST) Item Speakers
14.00-14.15 Welcome and presentation:

Social Innovation in Higher Education Institutions

Marthe Zirngiebl, Daniel Krüger (TU Dortmund University)
14.15-14.45 Presentation:

Embedding Social Innovation in higher education institutions

  • Case studies from different regions and countries in Latin America, South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Social Innovation in university strategies
Mark Anderson (Glasgow Caledonian University)
14.45-15.00 Questions and discussion
15.00-15.05 Coffee break
15.05-15.25 Presentation:

Youth-led social innovation: Social innovation practices in Konya and Türkiye through collaboration of universities and municipalities

Kevser Çinar (Necmettin Erbakan University)
15.25-15.45 Presentation:

Public Social Innovation Agency and youth-led Social Innovation

Ali Güney (Social Innovation Agency Konya)
15.45-16.00 Questions and discussion
16.00 Farewell