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” and invites you to submit abstracts for contributions.

The aim of the symposium is to bring together different disciplinary perspectives (e.g., from communication and social science, 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 symposium will take place on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Berlin. We invite abstracts of 1–2-pages for presentations in panel sessions. All abstract submissions should use the provided abstract template (LaTeX / doc / docx; please note: you do not need to follow the document sections as proposed in the template nor do you need to provide a short abstract within the abstract document at this point in time) and be submitted as a PDF file via the abstract submission system. All submissions will be reviewed by March 16, 2018.

Thematic priorities of the symposium

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. We welcome contributions from different disciplines (e.g., from communication and social science, legal studies, computer science, engineering science, and others) on the following thematic areas and questions:

  • Working in highly automated processes
  • Skill change, education and learning in the digitalised world of work
  • Algorithmic governance: Using artificial intelligence and big data at the workplace
  • Platform economy, gig economy, sharing economy
  • Alternative models of collaboration and innovation
  • Social media and online communication at work
  • Human-computer and human-machine interaction
  • Socio-technical systems perspective on introducing digital technologies at work
  • Data-based business models and the transformation of industrial structures
  • The “dark sides“ of work in the digital society: stress, overload, surveillance
  • Maker culture and new forms of work
  • Ways and methods of researching digitalisation of work
  • Digitalised work and participation in political communication
  • Network effects, competition and innovation on digital markets
  • Intellectual property as means to foster innovation and participation
  • New ways of corporate learning—blended, gamified, adaptive
  • Fair open innovation practices
  • The role of user contributions in social innovations

Key dates:

  • Abstracts must be submitted via the abstract submission system by February 16, 2018
  • Submission feedback will be given by March 16, 2018
  • Conference date: May 15, 2018

Symposium details / Programme:

  • Venue: Technical University Berlin
  • Confirmed keynote speakers:
    • Prof. Dr. Kathrin Möslein, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
    • Prof. Dr. Sabine Pfeiffer, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

See more details in the Call for Abstracts.

Contact: Peter Miltner (events officer of the Weizenbaum Institute)