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Innovate University or the university as an innovation driver into and in the society: Concepts and best practices from Universities in Europe, Brazil and Australia

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Innovate University or the university as an innovation driver into and in the society: Concepts and best practices from Universities in Europe, Brazil and Australia.

This panel aims to give an insight of new tendencies in the international Higher Education Sector and wants to explore this topic through the following impulse speeches:

• Sören Metz - TUM: TUM School of Governance and Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) – combining social sciences with technical education and their impact into the society:
Integrating future technologies into the political dialogue and decision-making: The TUM School of Governance focuses its research and teaching on the interaction between politics, society and technology. This internationally unique model links the social sciences with the core subjects of a Technical University.

• Kate Whelan - University of Queensland: ‘Universities as innovation drivers within society’
This interactive presentation will examine the unique position universities hold in fostering globally-ready graduates who can drive both technological and social innovation to achieve positive social impact. A case study from the University of Queensland will be provided that demonstrate how social entrepreneurship and innovation has been approached within the curriculum as well as through extra-curricular initiatives.

• Nora Jacobs & Britta Piel - Freie Universität Berlin: Funpreneur
Freie Universität Berlin actively supports the culture of innovation on campus as an obligation toward society at large and has established entrepreneurship education programs on all levels. For example, about 50 teams of two to four students each participate in the “Funpreneur” competition each year.

• Stephan Hollensteiner - University Alliance Ruhr: UARuhr and UFABC - Universities as drivers of innovation and structural regional change
The Ruhr Region was Germany's first and most important industrial region, but in the 1960s the traditional carbon based model came in crisis and a profound structural change was initiated. The presentation shows how the foundation and the development of the three research universities of the Ruhr contributed to and fostered the implementation of science and innovation sectors in the region.

• Anja Grecko Lorenz – University of Münster: Citizen Science
"Citizen Science", which is the active involvement of non-scientist citizens in research, is experiencing an upsurge of interest in Europe. Concrete Citizen Science Projects at the University of Münster combine open source as well as open innovation principles.

The panelists would like to interact with the participants and discuss examples from other HEIs and their outreach into society.


Sören Metz    
Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Kate Whelan    
University of Queensland (UQ)

Nora Jacobs    
Freie Universität Berlin

Britta Piel    
Freie Universität Berlin

Stephan Hollensteiner    
University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr)

Anja Grecko Lorenz    
University of Münster (WWU)


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