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Dort­mund Expertise sought for EU Program

Social Research Center Involved in Competence Center for Social In­no­va­ti­on

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Dr. Christoph Kaletka is deputy director of the Social Research Center Dort­mund and in charge of the proj­ect dedicated to the promotion of social innovation.

Combating poverty and social exclusion, ensuring better working conditions, fostering high-quality and sustainable employment – it is with these goals that the EU Program for Employment and Social In­no­va­ti­on (EaSI) started in May 2021. The Social Research Center Dort­mund (sfs) at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is a member of the German con­sor­tium, which in turn is part of the in­ter­na­tio­nal network, and is contributing to the establishment of a German competence center for social innovation.

“After the German Bundestag, the national parliament, passed a resolution last year on the systematic promotion of social innovations, another im­por­tant step is now following in the shape of the new alignment of the European Social Fund. The realization is gaining ground that social innovations can make a significant contribution to solving the major problems facing society,” says Dr. Christoph Kaletka, deputy director of the Social Research Center Dort­mund. EaSI is a component of the new European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), which will run from 2021 to 2027.

In the coming two years, funding will center on the setting up of “National Competence Centers for Social In­no­va­ti­on”. These should help to bundle existing ex­per­tise in the coun­tries of the European Un­ion, to better understand the different social innovation ecosystems in the member states and to further develop these in a systematic way. In addition, the intention is to organize a process of in­ter­na­tio­nal exchange, clarify questions in relation to already existing resources and approaches in the EU member states, and identify key stakeholders in the area of social innovation.

Further in­for­mation:

European Commission website


Contact for further in­for­mation:

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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”.

Site Map of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity (Second Page in English).