Weizenbaum Symposium: The Future of Work and Innovation in a Networked Society

The Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society is organizing a symposium on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Berlin on the subject of “The Future of Work and Innovation in a Networked Society”.

Registration for the Weizenbaum Symposium is now closed. On-site registration is NOT possible.

The aim of the symposium is to bring together different disciplinary perspectives (e.g., from communication and social sciences, legal studies, computer science, economics science and engineering science) on the transformation of the working world and of innovation models in the digital society and to identify and discuss the key challenges for the creation of a self-determined, creative and innovative society.

The Weizenbaum Institute is an academic partner of Tagesspiegel’s Digital Future Science Match, which will take place on Monday, May 14, 2018 at KOSMOS Berlin. The Digital Future Science Match 2018 is an international digital conference which brings together up to 50 leading academics who will be presenting the latest research findings and their visions for a digital future. As a participant of the Weizenbaum Symposium you have the opportunity to also attend the Science Match.

The symposium will highlight current changes in the world of work and innovation through digitalisation and the internet, thus linking up with the theme “Working Worlds of the Future” of the Science Year 2018. The programme overview of the symposium is available here. The book of abstract is available here.

The Weizenbaum Institute is happy to annouce the following panel sessions:

    • Artificial intelligence and the future of human work
    • Digital entrepreneurship and work
    • Digitalisation and changing workplace organization
    • Internet-based business models and innovation
    • Learning and knowledge in the era of digitalisation
    • Managing innovation and technological change
    • Platforms and crowds
    • Sociotechnical systems perspectives on digitalisation
    • The bright and the dark sides of digital work

The Weizenbaum Institute feels honoured to welcome the following respected expert speakers:

Keynote speakers

    • Prof. Dr. Kathrin Möslein, Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
      Keynote: Working Differently: Is the Future Already Here?
    • Prof. Dr. Sabine Pfeiffer, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
      Keynote: Doing Future. Innovating Society.

Opening session keynote speakers

    • Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
    • Steffen Kampeter, CEO of German Employers’ Associations (BDA Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände)
    • Prof. Dr. Anke Hassel, Academic Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) of the Hans Böckler Foundation

Invited speakers in panel sessions

    • Prof. Dr. Knut Blind, Technische Universität Berlin / Fraunhofer Institute of Open Communication Systems
    • Prof. Dr. Klemens Budde, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin & Plattform Lernende Systeme
    • Prof. Hartmut Hirsch-Kreinsen, Technische Universtität Dortmund
    • Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle, Universität Potsdam
    • Prof. Dr. Frank Kleemann, Universität Duisburg-Essen
    • Dr. Bernhard Lingens, Universität St. Gallen
    • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Nejdl, Leibniz Universität Hannover
    • Prof. Dr. Sabrina Schneider, Universität Kassel


Conference venue
Technical University Berlin, Main building, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin (for directions please see here)

Hotel information
In order to facilitate your travel planning, we have reserved contingents in the following hotels near the symposium’s venue:

    • Savoy Hotel Berlin (4 stars)
      Fasanenstraße 9-10, 10623 Berlin
      Tel.: +49 30 311 03-791 // email: reservierung@hotel-savoy.com
      Reserved contingent (code: “Weizenbaum-Symposium”, reservation until April 13, 2018, cancellation free of charge possible until 2 days before arrival): single room 89,50 € per night, including breakfast // double room 99,50 € per night including breakfast
    • Wyndham Berlin Excelsior (4 stars)
      Hardenbergstraße 14, 10623 Berlin
      Tel.: +49 30 61 08 19 410 // email: reservation.berlin@grandcityhotels.com
      Reserved contingent (code: “Weizenbaum-Symposium”, reservation until April 12, 2018, cancellation free of charge possible until 2 weeks before arrival): single room 78 € per night, including breakfast

Further hotel recommendations (without reserved contingents) near the symposium’s venue:

    • Motel One Berlin Ku’damm
      Kantstraße 10, 10623 Berlin
      Tel.: +49 30 315 17 36-0 // email: berlin-kudamm@motel-one.com
      Rates: single room 79 € per night // double room 94 € per night // breakfast: 9,50 € per person
    • Motel One Berlin-Upper West
      Kantstraße 163-165, 10623 Berlin
      Tel.: +49 30 322 93 19-0 // email: berlin-upperwest@motel-one.com
      (no information about rates available)

Travel information
The venue is located in the (Western) city centre, near Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten area. For directions please see here.


    • Conference date: May 15, 2018
    • Conference venue: Technical University Berlin, Main building, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin – For directions please see here.
    • Please register here.

Please also visit the conference registration platform for more details.

In case of any questions feel free to contact the local organising commitee via email: wi_symposium2018@wzb.eu.
The Weizenbaum Institute is looking forward to welcoming you in Berlin.