The Future of Work and Innovation in a Networked Society Free Conference is closed
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Hosted by Peter Miltner
Affiliation Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)

Technical University Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin (Germany)

15.05.2018 - 15.05.2018

Organizing institutions

The collaborative project Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society organizes the symposium.

The Weizenbaum Institute is operated by a Berlin-Brandenburg consortium coordinated by the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), and includes the four Berlin universities—Free University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin, Technical University Berlin, and the Berlin University of the Arts—as well as the University of Potsdam and the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS).

Main category Social Sciences (Economics)
Alternative category Computer Sciences (Artificial intelligence)
Conference/Workshop objectives

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 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.

Local organizing committee

The organizing committee is approachable via e-mail:

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


  • 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


  • Invited speakers in the opening session
    • Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
    • Steffen Kampeter, director general of the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA)
    • Prof. Anke Hassel, Academic Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) within the Hans-Böckler-Foundation
Important dates
  • Abstracts were due on February 16, 2018
  • Submission feedback will be given by March 23, 2018
  • Conference registration will start on March 23, 2018
  • Conference date: May 15, 2018
Registration and payment information

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

Conference venue

Technical University Berlin, Main building, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin.

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:
    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:
    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


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Travel information

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

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