Parallel Sessions on October 28, 2019, 13.30 – 15.30:

Session title Speakers, discussants and moderators Central questions and session topics
Combining Social Innovation and Technological Development: A Holistic Innovation Process Matthias Weber (AIT),
Antonius Schröder (ESSI), Ralf Kopp (TU Dortmund University), Elena Como (LAMA), Birgit Thomson (BAUA Dortmund)

Technological and Social Innovation: Different approaches?!

  • Statement from a technological innovation perspective: Matthias Weber (AIT Vienna)
  • Statement from a social innovation perspective: Antonius Schröder (TU Dortmund University)


Plenary voting by, or similar


  1. Contours of a socio-digital transformation approach (Ralf Kopp, TU Dortmund University)
  2. Technological support for social innovations (Elena Como, LAMA Florence)
  3. New leadership requirements in times of digital transformation (Birgit Thomson, BAUA Dortmund)

Round table / panel discussion:

Outlook: How can we better combine Technological and Social Innovation?


provocative inputs, presentations, questionnaire, panel and round table discussion

Social Innovation Diffusion and Societal Transition Anna Butzin (IAT) /
Julia Wittmayer (DRIFT)

A central question in social innovation research is how social innovations diffuse: how they grow in volume, increase their influence and impact or leave their place of emergence and spread in numbers. Many social innovations respond to social problems within very specific places, such as neighbourhoods. They include a large share of voluntary work by engaged citizens and often receive active support from local authorities and companies. Through this pronounced local dimension, social innovations are highly situational and context dependent. On the other hand, car sharing, time-banks or micro-finance tell a story of globalized social innovations implemented in various contexts and by different types of actors.

This session focuses on the ways through which social innovations spread or gain impact in relation to their contexts. Such processes have been described through concepts such as diffusion, translation, scaling, mainstreaming or institutionalization. It is through such processes, that social innovations as alternatives are interacting with the status quo and get translated into different contexts – it is also through these processes that it becomes clear whether they live up to their transformative potential also beyond their cradle. We invite papers that (amongst others):

  • analyse how, why, and at what rate social innovations spread, scale or get institutionally embedded;
  • analyse how social innovations shape and are shaped by their ‘context’ including the discussion of appropriate ‘ecosystems’ of social innovations or relevant incentive structures for spread/growth/institutionalization/…;
  • critically discuss the politics and paradoxes that accompany these processes;
  • focus on the strategies of social innovation initiatives, their transformative potential and impacts;
  • introduce methodological advances that help to grasp these processes.
Socio-digital Transformation of Work: Beyond the Future of Work Steven Dhondt (TNO), Frank Pot, (Radboud University Nijmegen), Michael Kohlgrüber (TU Dortmund University), Clara Behrend (TU Dortmund University), Raphaël Weuts (Leuven University), Liliane Pintelon (Leuven University), Ursula Holtgrewe (ZSI),  Nela Šalamon (ZSI), Wolfgang Haider (ZSI), Sabine Pfeiffer (Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Núrnberg) Overview:

  • Preliminary results of Beyond 4.0 (led by Steven Dhondt and Michael Kohlgrüber)
  • Preliminary results of Paradigms 4.0 (led by Steven Dhondt and Raphaël Weuts)
  • Final results of Shaping Industrial Relations in a Digitalising Services Industry (led by Steven Dhondt and Ursula Holtgrewe)
  • Future of research into digitalisation and Industry 4.0 (led by Frank Pot, Steven Dhondt and Sabine Pfeiffer)


presentations, conversations and panel discussions

Digital Social Innovation for an Inclusive Society Christoph Kaletka (TU Dortmund University),
Bastian Pelka (TU Dortmund University),Vanessa Heitplatz (TU Dortmund University / Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences), Ingo Bosse (TU Dortmund University / Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences), Aitziber Mugarra (University of DEUSTO), Cruz Borjesare (University of DEUSTO)

The panel will discuss (digital) social innovations and their contributions to a society in which everybody can participate. Many social innovation initiatives work for (and often with) marginalized groups. These initiatives, projects and networks drive a process of empowerment in which marginalized groups become actors instead of passive beneficiaries. Participatory examples and initiatives supporting the inclusion of marginalized groups into society will be presented and discussed in the panel.

Contributions will address:

  • makerspaces and especially “inclusive making” by people with disabilities,
  • social robots and their inclusive potential for patients and elderly people, and
  • community empowering open technologies with people with disabilities as protagonists.

The panel will discuss the innovative character of such initiatives, and especially the relation between traditional / technological innovation on the one hand, and social innovation / new practices on the other hand.

The Role of Social Innovation for Sustainable Development Jeremy Millard (DTI), Doris Schartinger (AIT), Olatz Ukar (University of DEUSTO), Hector Barco (University of DEUSTO), Marta Enciso (University of DEUSTO), Rick Hölsgens (TU Dortmund University) Overview:

Main topics:

  • The European and global context of how social innovation is necessary to underpin social, economic and environmental sustainability for a viable inter-generational compact
  • The role of social innovation for climate change and the environment
  • Social innovation for poverty reduction and the promotion of economically and socially sustainable development


  • Introduction and the social sustainability perspective: Jeremy Millard (DTI)
  • Introduction and the environmental and economic sustainability perspective: Doris Schartinger (AIT)
  • First participants’ session: answer and formulate questions/views with your neighbours, then use or similar to create word cloud/answer simple questions to help guide the session.
  • Presentation: Keys to achieve the SDG 12.3: social innovation challenge of reducing the current Food Wastage in the European Union (Olatz Ukar, Hector Barco, Marta Enciso/ DEUSTO)
  • Presentation: Social innovation and climate change (Rick Hölsgens/ TU Dortmund)
  • Round table / panel discussion (4 main speakers plus 2-3 participant provocateurs from first participants’ session and open Q&A): what are the strengths/weaknesses of social innovation for achieving sustainability and how can these be exploited/addressed?
  • Final participants’ session: what can we do personally as social innovators and what can others/society do to create a viable inter-generational compact?


Presentations, audience participation, panel and round table discussion

Measurement of Social Innovation Judith Terstriep (IAT),
Simone Strambach (Philipps-Universität Marburg),
Georg Mildenberger (CSI), Peter Oeij (TNO)

The differences and commonalities between technological and social innovations have not yet been clarified in detail. Thus, the measurement of social innovations is a challenging but important issue to gain deeper insights into the forms and processes of social innovation and their spatial shaping.

This session provides a platform to theoretically and empirically discuss approaches to measuring social innovation at micro-, meso- and/or macro-level from an organizational, spatial, societal perspective.

Introduction: Why SI measurement matters!

  • Statement from an social and economic perspective: Judith Terstriep (IAT Gelsenkirchen)
  • Statement from a spatial perspective: Simone Strambach (Philipps-University Marburg)


  1. Measuring organisational social innovativeness (Maria Kleverback & Laura-Fee Wloka, Westphalian University Gelsenkirchen, IAT)
  2. Measuring social innovation in regional contexts (Gorgi Krlev, University Heidelberg, CSI)
  3. Measuring resonance and trend potential of social innovation in an early stage (Jan-Frederik Thurmann, Philipps-University Marburg)
  4. Measuring cases of social innovation using Qualitative Comparative Analysis: moving away from anecdotalism towards sensemaking patterns (Peter Oeij, TNO)

Panel discussion:

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the introduced approaches to measure social innovation in its different facets and manifestations from varying perspectives?


What are the essential ingredients of an indicator system that makes it possible to observe continuously entrepreneurial and non-entrepreneurial social innovation activities at the European level?


Proactive inputs, presentations, panel discussion, voting/questionnaire


Parallel Sessions on October 29, 2019, 11:00 – 12.30:

Session title Speakers, discussants and moderators Central questions and session topics
Co-Creation in Policy Making and Technology Development Alessandro Deserti (Polytecnico di Milano), Francesca Rizzo (Polytecnico di Milano),
Christoph Kaletka (TU Dortmund University), Kyriaki Papageorgiou (ESADE Business School)

Co-creation describes innovation processes in which different actors work together towards an outcome from which everybody benefits. Taking into account the variety of understandings in various disciplines, it addresses non-linear processes which
involve multiple actors and stakeholders in different phases of the innovation process, such as ideation, implementation and assessment of technologies, services, or policies. Co-creation can involve participants from different societal sectors (enterprises, researchers, policy-makers, civil society), disciplinary backgrounds, or departments of a company.

The session will discuss latest research findings on co-creation in policy-making on the one hand, and in technological domains such as robotics, urban energy and autonomous driving on the other hand. The presenters will reflect upon what can make co-creation successful, and introduce different examples. On this basis, session participants will discuss favourable conditions that support the introduction and scalability of co-creation.

Ecosystems of Social Innovation Antonia Caro (University of DEUSTO) /
Artur Serra (i2cat)

Many SI initiatives are incepted, grow and flourish alongside the development of collaborative endeavors that connect different types of stakeholders around a given social need or challenge within a context. The idea for the panel is to discuss the potential of SI to generate these productive interactive networks and ecosystems that have the capacity to adapt, learn and evolve over time.

The panel will invite successful existing experiences of emerging SI ecosystems with a twofold aim:

  1. to explore the potential of SI ecosystems to align people, goals, timeframes, andinterests, and,
  2. to learn from the main features of SI living models,  for example
  • the glocal network promoted by the Urbegi group in the Basque Country, an ecosystem based on engagement and user incentives to develop active communities for the creation of collaborative projects;
  • the Catlabs collaboratory, a program connecting living labs, fab labs, telecenters with the official R&i system in Catalonia in order to generate a “universal innovation ecosystems”.
  • the concept of ‘nested systems’ for collaborative impactful research aims to promote innovative ways to connect stakeholders in research, innovation, and society to respond to societal challenges; and finally,
  • some lessons learned from the analysis on interdisciplinary collaborative frameworks like the SHAPE_ID project.

We would like to discuss, among other things, the innovative character of such initiatives, and especially the relationship between traditional approaches of the R&I ecosystems and the social innovation new practices that are generating interactive SI ecosystems in different fields and contexts.

Social Innovation as a Challenge for Higher Education Institutions Mark Majewsky Anderson (Glasgow Caledonian University), Dmitri Domanski (TU Dortmund University), Anne de Bruin (Massey University) Overview:

The low engagement of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in social innovation is in strong contrast to their essential role as knowledge providers, promoters and facilitators in classical innovation processes and as one actor of the triple helix model. At the same time, we can observe that the role of HEIs has evolved in recent years. There is an increasing number of universities developing new paradigms in teaching, research and outreach, demonstrating the huge potential of academia in fostering social innovation.

Against this background, we are going to discuss these questions, among others:

  • What are the main barriers for HEIs to successfully engage in social innovation?
  • How can HEIs advance responsible innovation?
  • How can HEIs contribute to knowledge exchange within an ecosystem?
  • What are the other functions of HEIs in the area of social innovation?


  • Insights on the Role of Academia and HEI in Advancing Social Innovation and Responsible Innovation (Anne de Bruin)
  • Supporting social innovation at a ‘Glocal’ level: The role of HEIs (Mark Anderson)


We will use an interactive format to discuss the role of HEIs in social innovation.

The Role of Social Sciences and Humanities in Processes of Societal Transformation Klaus Schuch (ZSI/Moderator), Jack Harrington (Wellcome Trust), Ursula Holtgrewe (ZSI), Jeremy Millard (DTI), Goret Paulo (FGV), Isabel Rössler (CHE) Overview:

Main topics:

  • The role of SSH in transformative R&I policies
  • Thematic and procedual contributions of SSH to societal transformation
  • Social innovation in the SSH impact discourse
  • Accountability of social innovation in higher education and R&I programmes


  • We need a Fourth Social Revolution, underpinned by SSH, to lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Jeremy Millard/DTI)
  • Tracing the impact between university-based research, teaching and social innovation (Isabel Roessler/CHE – Centre for Higher Education)
  • A roadmap for research about/for/with social innovation (Ursula Holtgrewe/ZSI)

Panel discussion (audience is invited to take part in it):

Jack Harrington (Wellcome Trust), Ursula Holtgrewe (ZSI – Centre for Social Innovation), Jeremy Millard (DTI), Goret Pereira Paulo (Fundação Getulio Vargas), Isabel Roessler (CHE), Klaus Schuch (ZSI/Moderator)


Presentations, panel discussion, audience participation, voting by mentimeter or similar.

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) Overview:

Public Sector Innovation Labs (PSI-Labs) are a means to tackle complex, adaptive problems by providing dedicated space, competence and methods for multi-actor, cross-sector cooperation. More and more PSI-Labs are established especially to work on urban and municipal challenges. What is the specificity in organisational structures, innovation processes as well as networks and spaces that PSI-Labs at city-level operate in?

The session participants get to know two different lab approaches in the City of Vancouver and Dortmund and will discuss ways in which ‘innovation learning’ is performed in the public sector.


  • Introduction: Governance Labs – Transaction Cost and Added Value in Future Orientated Public Services (Jürgen Schultze)
  • Building a Public Sector Innovation Lab in the City of Vancouver (Lindsay Cole)
  • Building a Social Innovation Center in the City of Dortmund (Dr. Arne Elias)
  • Social Innovation Labs as an Instrument of Collaborative Governance (Eva Wascher)


Short presentations + dialogic format with creative disruption

Year One of the Lisbon Declaration: Achievements and Future Perspectives Sophie Reynolds (NESTA) / Louise Pulford (SIX) tba