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Research Politics

The transformation of a society towards sustainable development requires not only innovative policy approaches, but also new knowledge to support, promote and analyze these transformation processes. In order to provide this knowledge, the science system must transform itself (see also: transdisciplinary research).

At the same time the corresponding framework in research policy must be created to produce knowledge to answer socially relevant issues. This includes on the one hand, that research programs are created to promote projects on sustainability-related topics. On the other hand, evaluation criteria are necessary. Researchers and scientists offer incentives to become more oriented to the social relevance and political connectivity of their research.

Activities in this field will find this both in the national context, e.g., the initiatives to transdisciplinary sustainability research, as well as on the international level in the discourses on, for example, Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

The FFU engages itself in research activities with the development of such criteria oriented towards research in social problems. Such a contribution should be made in addition to academic excellence to ensure the political connectivity of research. The possibilities of joint development of research programs with researchers, research funders and policy makers are the subject of research at the FFU. Decision makers and funding agencies can be involved not only in research processes, but also an exchange should made possible at the conceptual level. The aim is to develop research programs whose projects are evaluated according to both criteria of scientific excellence as well as provide knowledge that contributes to the solution of socially relevant issues and is usable in the policy process.

The Indo-German Expert Group is an interdisciplinary working group of renowned experts from leading research institutions / political think tanks in India and Germany. It was set up in 2013 to enhance collaborative learning, contribute to informed decision-making in both countries and feed into the international debate on a green and inclusive economy. 

since November 2013

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Die zentrale Begründung für den Aufbau eines Horizon Scanning Systems liegt in der erkennbaren Beschleunigung ökologischer Prozesse einerseits und sozioökonomischer Veränderungen andererseits. Für die Politik stellt sich damit die Frage, ob reaktiven Kurzatmigkeiten durch frühzeitigere Problembewältigung begegnet werden. Denn speziell die Umweltpolitik in Deutschland ist dem Vorsorgeprinzip und dem Gedanken der generationenübergreifenden Nachhaltigkeit verpflichtet.

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Klaus Jacob will be a member of the Expert Group that has been established by the European Commission in order to write a report that reflects the state of the art of responsible innovation, both in terms of what is to be understood under responsible research and innovation and what type of actions are already being conducted in Europe.

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The aim of the project is to improve the operational relevance and use of IA tools by uniting the multi-disciplinary competences of large European institutes in the field of IA tools.

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