The Chair Sociology of Technology and Innovation, Social Simulation has developed a new English-language subject-related teaching field featuring a range of BA and MA courses.

The course portfolio includes, for example, a basic lecture „Introduction to Sociology of Technology and Innovation“ followed by further introductory and advanced seminars (such as the advanced seminar „Innovation Networks“ or the innovative methods focus on „Social Simulation“). The course portfolio of the current term including more detailed description can also be found on the profile pages of the team members under the tab Team. Exam work and theses will be presented, discussed and supervised in the Colloquium.

We also welcome PhD candidates and other early-career researchers at our unit. Projects need to relate to our thematic research profile requiring the particular research infrastructure of TISSS Lab.

For effectively working with us, we offer specific methods training for our PhD candidates (quantitative and qualitative methods of empirical research, social network analysis, agent-based modelling etc.). Furthermore, we support our PhD researchers in publishing their research results in international scientific journals, in participating in scientific conferences, and in building their own research networks.

PhD projects can either be embedded in our externally-funded research projects, or can be funded by individual grants of PhD programmes. We will be delighted to advise interested graduates with very good or good degrees concerning both, thematic opportunities for PhD projects at our place and potential funding options. Please contact Prof. Dr. Petra Ahrweiler.

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Teaching – FB 02 – Sociology – Technology and Innovation

  • Webinar Culture and AI, July 6, 2021 14:00-17:00 CET:
    Click here for registration While AI is an intensively debated topic, the impact of AI on the social and cultural life is less investigated. This will be highlighted in the webinar. The webinar will consist of talks of three experts in the domain of AI and culture and will conclude with a plenary discussion of the speakers. Talks: Sascha Dickel Title: "Communicative Robots and (Post-)human Identities" Abstract: With the rise of communicative robots like Amazon’s Alexa, language-based interaction with machines is increasingly becoming part of our everyday life. This presentation uses the case of communicative robots to investigate the changing relationship between humans and machines. I suggest that communicative robots challenge established boundaries of the social world but nevertheless reproduce a cultural asymmetry between human and non-human actors. Person: My research profile connects an academic background in sociology with a transdisciplinary career trajectory in science & technology studies. One of […]
  • Team of the JGU wins the 4th place of the "Frontier of Food" challenge:
    As part of the "Innovation Networks" seminar, which was led by Prof. Dr. Petra Ahrweiler, a group of sociology students successfully participated in the "Frontier of Food" Challenge, finishing in 4th place. The interdisciplinary challenge was organized by Merck KGaA and Ekipa. The topic was "the future of food", which was handled very differently by the student teams. The JGU team has worked on the subject of Clean Meat, developing a concept of how Merck could establish Clean Meat products on the market and simultaneously become a central actor for innovation in this area. For the first place it was not enough, nonetheless the team could be happy about winning 1000 euro prize money. The first place was taken by a team from the University Wageningen (Netherlands), which has developed a process for the fermentation of fruits.
  • Seminar for JGU students in summer semester 2019 (March 2018):
    Fellows of the „Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes“ (German Academic Scholarship Foundation) at St. John’s College of University of Cambridge, UK are invited to join the course „Policy Modelling Using Agent-Based Simulation“ led by Prof. Dr. Petra Ahrweiler and fellow sociologist Prof. Dr. Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey, UK) in late Summer 2018 at the Studienstiftungs-Akademie „Zukunft. Future“ in Cambridge, UK.
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