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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.

Based on the Design Thinking Method and its structured innovation process, the two-day workshop is designed to provide a framework for developing ideas from the participants' research, sharpening them, and identifying their practical potential. We will use the Design Thinking method to sharpen ideas in a structured innovation process and to question their social impact.

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.

Diese Veranstaltung erfolgt im Rahmen der Förderung des Exzellenz Start-Up Centers GATEWAY durch das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen.