First Day (28.10.2019)

Time Topic Responsible Partner /
9.00 – 10.00 Registration and Coffee
10.00 – 12.30 Opening Session
Future of Innovation Policy in Times of Socio-Digital Transformation
Antonius Schröder (ESSI)
10.00 – 10.10 Welcome
Antonius Schröder, Managing Director of ESSI
Louise Pulford, Director of SIX
10.10 – 10.30 Key Address
Peter Dröll, European Commission, Director Industrial Technologies DG Research & Innovation (tbc)
10.30 – 12.00 Keynotes
Geoff Mulgan (NESTA)
New Pathways to the Future of Social Innovation Policy
Elizabeth Shove (Lancaster University)
The Dynamics of Social Practice
Jürgen Howaldt (TU Dortmund University)
The Role of Social Innovation in Societal Transformation
12.00 – 12.30 Panel Discussion with the Key Speakers
Moderator Antonius Schröder (ESSI)
Antonius Schröder (ESSI)
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.30 Parallel Sessions  
Combining Social Innovation and Technological Development: A Holistic Innovation Process Matthias Weber (AIT) /
Antonius Schröder (ESSI)
Social Innovation Diffusion and Societal Transition Anna Butzin (IAT) /
Julia Wittmayer (DRIFT)
Socio-digital Transformation of Work: Beyond the Future of Work Steven Dhondt (TNO) / Frank Pot (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Digital Social Innovation for an Inclusive Society Christoph Kaletka (TU Dortmund University) /
Bastian Pelka (TU Dortmund University)
The Role of Social Innovation for Sustainable Development Jeremy Millard (DTI) /
Doris Schartinger (AIT)
Measurement of Social Innovation Judith Terstriep (IAT) /
Simone Strambach (Philipps-Universität Marburg) /
Georg Mildenberger (CSI)
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 – 17.30 Future Challenges for Social Innovation Research and Policy in Times of Digitalization
  • Peter Dröll (European Commission, Director Industrial Technologies, DG Research & Innovation) (tbc),
  • Judith Terstriep (IAT)
  • Jeremy Millard (DTI)
  • Steven Dhondt (TNO)
  • Nora Milotay (European Parliamentary Research Service) (tbc)
  • Gianluca Misuraca (EU Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technology Studies, Digital Economy Unit)
Moderator: Klaus Schuch (ZSI)
17.30 Welcome Addresses and Introduction to the Exhibition

  • Thomas Westphal, (Head of Economic Development Agency City of Dortmund)
  • Gregor Isenbort, (Head of DASA Working World Exhibition)


  • Working World (DASA Exhibition)
  • Dortmund – Social Innovation City (Poster Exhibition)
19.30 Dinner

Second Day (29.10.2019)

Time Topic Responsible Partner /
09.00 – 10.30 Plenary Session
Social Innovation and Societal Transformation
Jürgen Howaldt (TU Dortmund University)
Johan Schot (Utrecht University)
Transformative Innovation Policy
Flor Avelino (DRIFT Erasmus University Rotterdam) / René Kemp (Maastricht University)
The Origins and Politics of Transformative Social Innovation & Alternative Economies
Lars Hulgard (Roskilde University)
The Role of Social Innovation in Processes of Societal Transformation
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30 Parallel Sessions
Co-Creation in Policy Making and Technology Development Christoph Kaletka (TU Dortmund University) /
Francesca Rizzo (Polytecnico di Milano)
Ecosystems of Social Innovation Antonia Caro (University of DEUSTO) /
Artur Serra (i2cat)
Social Innovation as a Challenge for Higher Education Institutions Mark Majewsky Anderson (Glasgow Caledonian University) /
Dmitri Domanski (TU Dortmund University)
The Role of SSH in Processes of Societal Transformation Klaus Schuch (ZSI)
Labs and Spaces for Public Sector Innovation Jürgen Schultze (TU Dortmund University) / Lindsay Cole (City of Vancouver, Solutions Lab) / Arne Elias (City of Dortmund, Economic Development Agency) / Eva Wascher (TU Dortmund University)
Year One of the Lisbon Declaration: Achievements and Future Perspectives Sophie Reynolds (NESTA) / Louise Pulford (SIX)
12.30 – 13.15 Lunch
13.15 – 14.00 Closing Plenary Session Jürgen Howaldt (TU Dortmund University)
Benoit Godin (INRS – Montreal)
Innovation – Past and future of a contested concept
14.15 – 16.00 Parallel Session / Special Events
Brokerage Event * Net4Society
Networks and Capacity Building SIX
European School of Social Innovation (ESSI) Antonius Schröder (ESSI)


* Note: Please take note that for the participation of the Brokerage Event for Societal Challenge 6 (on 29.10., 14.15 – 16.00), organised by the German National Contact Point Society, an additional registration on the website is needed. Due to organisational reasons the registration on this website opens at the end of June 2019. Further information will be provided by the ESSI conference organisers.