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Social Research Center Dortmund Awarded Dortmund Dialog Prize

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Two men and a woman stand on a stage for an award ceremony. © Sophie Zastrow​/​Sozialforschungsstelle
Thomas Westphal, Mayor of the City of Dortmund, Professor Jürgen Howaldt, Director of the Social Research Center Dortmund, and Dr. Bettina Horster, CEO of the Society for the Promotion of Structural Change in the Working Society (from left to right) at the Dortmund Dialog at the DASA exhibition center.

At the end of August, the Social Research Center Dortmund of TU Dortmund University was honored for 75 years of social science research in Dortmund and its interaction with and in Dortmund’s urban community. The Dortmund Dialog Prize 2022 was presented to Professor Jürgen Howaldt, director of the Social Research Center Dortmund, before an audience of over 100 guests, including Thomas Westphal, Mayor of Dortmund, and Professor Manfred Bayer, President of TU Dortmund University.


Mayor Thomas Westphal gave the laudatory speech at the award ceremony. Among others, he traced the history of the Social Research Center Dortmund, which was founded back in 1946, and highlighted how it delivers important input for answering urgent questions in the context of the digital working society. Afterwards, Thomas Westphal, together with Dr. Bettina Horster, CEO of the GFS (Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Strukturwandels in der Arbeitsgesellschaft (Society for the Promotion of Structural Change in the Working Society)), presented the award – a sculpture – to Professor Jürgen Howaldt, director of the Social Research Center Dortmund.

Talk and panel discussion

In his talk “Rethinking innovation – the growing significance of social innovation”, which he gave after the award ceremony, Professor Jürgen Howaldt outlined how social innovations can contribute to solving sustainability problems and also drew attention to the important role of universities in this process. In a panel discussion afterwards, the participants had the opportunity to exchange views on social innovations from different perspectives.

About the Social Research Center Dortmund

The Social Research Center Dortmund is a research institute working in the area of social science innovation and labor research. The former state institute became a research facility of TU Dortmund University in 2007 and has been part of the newly founded Department of Social Sciences since 2020. Since its foundation, the institute has worked on several hundred research projects. Apart from national and international collaborative projects, the institute also works together with numerous companies and public institutions in Dortmund and the surrounding area, with a focus on shaping social, technological and ecological change and innovation processes.

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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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