Knowledge Transfer

... to Policy, Industry and Society

Moreover, the dedicated mission of our unit provides knowledge transfer opportunities targeting innovation policy and innovation management, where societal impact could already be confirmed for various application contexts. Our activities in knowledge transfer aim at,

  • Providing empirical stock-taking and benchmarking (impact assessment) concerning the realisation and use of existing technologies as well as the functions and processes of existing innovation fields withing their economic, political, social, regulatory and cultural framework conditions;

  • Anticipating, identifying and analysing chances, potentials and risks of new and emergent technologies and innovations;

  • Providing ex-ante evaluation of future scenarios for new technology and innovation fields (cf. early-warning systems to remedy and prevent risks; „first-mover advantage“ to exploit opportunities);

  • Developing from here options and recommendations for decision makers.

Our TISSS Lab simulation approach helps to anticipate decision processes in technology ad innovation as scenarios, to implement them artificially for experimentation, to analyse and assess experimental results, and to translate results in plans and interventions for empirical implementation. Our experienced team can rely on a sound track record within a large portfolio of successfully completed projects in policy and organisation advice – be it usual research projects, contract research, tenders, or commercial services.

... to Science

Publishing in international journals, participating in workshops and conferences, being invited for lectures at other research institutions worldwide, being involved in peer review, serving on boards of the international scientific community – our scientific staff actively contributes to the international visibility of our unit. In detail, the activities of the team can be found on the profile pages under the tab Team.

Winning the bid to host and organise the annual conference of the European Social Simulation Association ESSA for 2019, was a special highlight for our knowledge transfer activities

Three exemplary case studies for scientific policy and organisation advice with a focus on evaluative questions of practitioners


What are the effects of integrating civil society actors in European research and innovation for promoting responsible technology production?

What are the effects of prioritising funding for specific technology fields?
What are the effects of increasing the participation of research-intensive small and medium enterprises (SME) in hightech research?

What are the effects of different techtransfer models between science and industry on innovation performance?
How do institutional framework conditions impact on decision making behaviour of entrepreneurs?

Simulation study in EU project „Governance of Responsible Innovation“ GREATTender study for the European Commission „Impact Assessment of the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) and Ex-Ante Evaluation of Horizon 2020 in ICT SMART 2010/0025Simulation study in the PRTLI programme of Irish Government „Innovation Policy Simulation for the Smart Economy“ IPSE
Lead: Prof. Dr. Petra Ahrweiler
Researcher: Dr. Michel Schilperoord
Cooperation partners: Prof. Dr. Nigel Gilbert, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pyka
Lead: Prof. Dr. Petra Ahrweiler
Researcher: Dr. Michel Schilperoord
Cooperation partners: Prof. Dr. Nigel Gilbert, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pyka
Lead: Prof. Dr. Petra Ahrweiler
Researcher: Dr. Michel Schilperoord
Summary in EuroScientist

Summary in JASSS

Summary in NESTA-Feature


Furthermore, we conducted various studies for individual client organisations (universities, research organisations, companies) asking what would happen if an organisation changed its prevalent innovation strategy (e.g. allowing for more Open Innovation).


Though some of these studies also led to scientific publications, e.g. about assessing different cooperation strategies for innovation performance, results mainly served to inform the sponsor.