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Design Thinking for Scientists

In what ways does my research build a bridge to society and respond to current challenges? How do I find ideas that add value to society? How can I sharpen them in a way that is more likely to generate impact beyond academia?

Alongside research and teaching, science transfer is the third pillar in the identity of our university. By transfer we mean the transfer of ideas between academia and non-academic communities such as culture, politics, or businesses. This is why we need ideas that are based on the findings of our research and that we want to implement in society.

In the two-day workshop, we want to select ideas from the participants' research fields, develop them further, sharpen them and work out their practice-relevant potential. The focus here is on the Design Thinking method, with which we can sharpen ideas in a structured innovation process and question their social impact - whether as a transfer project or the basis for a business model.

The workshop will be taught in German.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Holger Simon

Prof. Dr. Holger Simon is a scientist and entrepreneur. He habilitated in art history in Cologne and founded Pausanio GmbH & Co. KG (, which develops digital applications and supports cultural institutions in their digital transformation.

This event is being held as part of the Gateway Excellence Start-Up Centre funding from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.