19.07.2016 Dialogue event on September 22:
Innovative design of qualification concepts for works councils!
The Office of Cooperation has been concerned with several research and design projects dealing with questions of qualification of works councils over the past years. Our team has explored and developed innovative formats of qualification in cooperation with numerous partners from science and operational practice and social partners. Current results of this work will be presented and discussed in a dialogue event. Announcement.
19.07.2016 Annual report 2015 of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM
19.07.2016 On July 14, Dieter Kreimeier and Manfred Wannöffel gave a lecture on the project APPSIST on an Industry 4.0 conference. The cooperation project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
Presentation as pdf
hbs log akademie
The 7th season of the further course of studies for doctoral scholarship holders “Process management and organization-oriented qualifications” begins in November 2016. Application deadline: August 31, 2016. More information and description of modules.
19.05.2016 New EU project: expanding the state of knowledge concerning the impact of the new directive 2014/95/EU of the European Parliament on industrial relations
With the commencement of the EU directive, about 6,000 enterprises in the EU have to disclose their non-financial and diversity information.
A European consortium consisting of social partners, universities, researching centers and educational institutions aims at expanding the knowledge about the effectivity of this obligation to disclose non-financial information. Additionally, it tries to analyze the reciprocal relationships between industrial relations and the quality of entrepreneurial sustainability through co-determination, as well as the consequences of different models of co-determination on the legislative process. The Office of Cooperation is a member of this European consortium and will support the EU project academically for the next two years.
17.05.2016 Hydro Aluminum – conference of works councils (10-12 May 2016) in Bochum – presentation given by Pia Wagner on “Digitalization and Industry 4.0” on 10 May 2016 (definition of terms; chances and risks for the structure of work).
See presentation as pdf.
17.05.2016 The research cooperation between the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), the Johannes Kepler University Linz and the Office of Cooperation aimed at analyzing how works councils discharge their tasks in the field of operational further education and identifying additional offers that are necessary. A summary of the essential results can be accessed in a booklet. The entire study is published as part of the series Study by the Hans-Boeckler-Foundation No 322.
27.04.2016 6th year of further education for works councils: Innovation through Participation
The IG Metall NRW, Academy of RUB, Office of Cooperation and DGB Bildungswerk NRW offer another course of the further education program for works councils. Start September 29, 2016 – application deadline August 31, 2016. Program/application.
25.04.2016 Newsletter of the Office of Cooperation – RUB/IGM - 01/2016
25.04.2016 Colloquium at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences of Technical University Dortmund during summer term 2016: “Current Sociological Debates” 
On May 30, Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel will give a talk on “Learning factories at universities: interdisciplinary research and education of technology and work”. All dates.
25.04.2016 On May 12, Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel will give a lecture on the causes and consequences of the closure of the Opel plant in Bochum as part of the conference organized by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation “What does co-determination do? What can we learn from research?” at Berlin Social Science Center.
22.04.2016 June 16, 2016: 11th IG Metall symposium in Berlin for those working in vocational education “Digitalization of the working world – challenges for vocational education
Forum 4 – Training for tomorrow’s working world: when apprentices and university students learn together and from each other – Ferdinand Walbaum (Training Manager, Siemens AG), Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel (RUB) and Timo Gayer (IG Metall). Program.
21.04.2016 On April 29, Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel and Henning Oberc will introduce the RUB-learning factory and its connection to Industry 4.0 and Education 4.0 on the Hannover Messe 2016. Access the program here.
21.04.2016 May 30, 2016 – Third Bochumer Disput “How to shape fair and just trade policy - TTIP as a political process
Host: Institute for Social Movements (ISB) and Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM – Flyer
21.04.2016 Colloquium at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences of Technical University Dortmund during summer term 2016: “Current Sociological Debates” 
On May 30, Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel will give a talk on “Learning factories at universities: interdisciplinary research and education of technology and work”. All dates.
20.04.2016 Cooperation project between RUB and IG Metall – Fit for Industry 4.0 – Works’ councils and employees visit the learning factory
As part of one of the biggest collaborative training projects in the history of the cooperation between Ruhr-University Bochum and IG Metall, about 400 employees from 150 enterprises will be prepared for Industry 4.0. Press release by RUB.
04.03.2016 Opening event for the cooperation project ESF projects – ARBEIT + INNOVATION – at the executive board of the IG Metall in Frankfurt.
You can access the presentation held by Prof. Dr. Kreimeier and Prof. Dr. Wannöffel here as pdf.
29.02.2016 Alpbach Scholarship Programme: August 17 – September 2, 2016
The European Forum Alpbach invites young people from all over the world to apply for a scholarship amounting to 1,300 Euro by March 31, 2016. Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel will give a seminar in the time between August 18 – 23, 2016.
29.02.2016 8th Panel on university policy issues in Berlin on February 25, 2016.
Panel 1: Scientific character and experience-oriented approaches in teaching – a contradiction? “Learning factories as places of practical education” – lecture by Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel as pdf.
29.02.2016 Political-scientific discussion “Fairness in business NRW” (Fair im Betrieb NRW) triggers new impulses. Restraints for works councils’ activities.
On February 15, 2016, Arbeit und Leben NRW invited experts from the fields of politics, science, trade unions and federal state government to the first political-scientific discussion “Fairness in business NRW”. More.
24.02.2016 March 4, 2016 – Blue Square
Prospective students without Abitur are welcome to begin their studies at RUB. The universities of Bochum provide information on opportunities of studying for occupationally qualified applicants. The cooperation project “Third course of education at RUB” conducted by the Office of Cooperation and the project “ELLI – excellent learning and teaching in engineering sciences” hosts the event. More.
25.01.2016 Closure of the project “Supporting representation of interests in in-house programmes for further education – a comparison between Germany and Austria”. Access an outline of the results here.
19.01.2016 Kooperation zwischen Gewerkschaften und sozialen Bewegungen: Ursachen und Herausforderungen
Manfred Wannöffel/Mark Esteban Palomo
Artikel erschienen in "Der polititsche Mensch", Dietz Verlag, Bonn, ISBN 978-3-8012-4232-9 - Artikel als pdf






Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Office of Cooperation RUB/IMU
Konrad-Zuse-Str. 16 (How to get there)
Room 3.32 - 3.36
phone: 0049-234-32-26899
fax: 0049-234-32-14404 mail

Contact person

managing director
Office of Cooperation RUB/IMU
Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel

Prof. Dr Wannöffel’s office hours during the semester are as following:
Tuesdays from noon till 1:00pm
in his office at the
Konrad Zuse Strasse 16
Room 3.32 - 3.36