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The Social Research Center was successful with four project applications in the European Union's "Horizon Europe" funding program.

The Social Research Center Dortmund, a scientific institution of the Department of Social Sciences at TU Dortmund University, has been successful with no less than four project proposals in the European Union’s “Horizon Europe” program. In all four projects, the center is collaborating with international partners and contributing its expertise in the area of social innovation. Total funding for TU Dortmund University amounts to €900,000 over up to four years. The projects will start in the fall.

In the PURESCRAP project, researchers will develop new solutions for better use of poorer quality scrap metal in steel production. They intend to use innovative sensor combinations and analyses, supported by artificial intelligence. The Social Research Center Dortmund will analyze users’ requirements with regard to training and human-machine interfaces and evaluate the social impact of the technologies. As Dr. Michael Kohlgrüber from the center points out: “The steel industry plays a pivotal role in achieving the goals of the European Green Deal with regard to the circular economy as well as the reduction of CO2 emissions. PURESCRAP makes an important contribution to the strategic research and innovation agenda of the Clean Steel Partnership, to which the center became associated in 2021.”

Project: PURESCRAP – Purity Improvement of Scrap Metal, from 1 November for three years

The ONE4ALL project is coordinated by a Spanish research institute. The international consortium wants to encourage the transformation of manufacturing companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the direction of Industry 5.0. To this end, the project partners want to develop and use technologies such as collaborative robots and an AI-based support system. To prepare the workforce for this transformation too, it will be integrated in the technical development processes and undergo further training in digital skills. “We want to find out how the factory of the future needs to look not only in terms of technology but also for meeting social requirements and the challenges of sustainable development,” says Dr. Michael Kohlgrüber, describing the center’s role in the project.

Project: ONE4ALL – Agile and Modular Cyber-Physical Technologies Supported by Data-Driven Digital Tools to Reinforce Manufacturing Resilience, from 1 November for four years

For an inclusive and sustainable Industry 5.0

In the BRIDGES 5.0 project, a consortium coordinated by a Dutch research partner aims to gain new insights into the current and future skills required for an inclusive, digital and green Industry 5.0 and to develop learning concepts for the workforce that build on these results. To this end, the international team will carry out a quantitative mapping of job-related transformations and new sustainable and digital job profiles and conduct a qualitative study of the associated requirements. For this they will establish training and qualification offers and integrate stakeholders from different sectors into the project via a digital platform. “To achieve the project goals, we need to understand regional learning spaces better and further develop them in public-private partnership,” says Antonius Schröder from the Social Research Center Dortmund.

Project: BRIDGES 5.0 – Bridging Risks to an Inclusive Digital and Green Future by Enhancing workforce Skills for industry 5.0, from 1 October for four years

The ultimate goal of the CHESS project is to develop a Social Innovation Action Manual and apply it in four European regions in Slovenia, Italy, Lithuania and Greece. The objective is to master concrete regional challenges through social innovation (SI) and to network SI stakeholders with the innovation ecosystem already in place. The Social Research Center Dortmund will lead the development of a conceptual approach for ecosystemic social innovation as well as monitor and compare the regional results. As Dr. Karina Maldonado-Mariscal points out: “This is a great opportunity to put into practice our ecosystem approach to social innovation, which is based on our theoretical and empirical work over the past years, and to monitor how it works in very different European contexts.”

Project: CHESS – Change Hubs for Ecosystemic Social Solutions, from 1 October for two years

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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