12.01.2017 Trade union and students invite to a workshop: When are studies called to be good studies?
Are you satisfied with your studies? Do you learn the right topis? How do you learn? Which kinds of teaching is practised: teacher-centred teaching, teamwork or project work? Do you feel prepared for your exam? What about the relation theory – practice? Do you find time to think laterally, to be curious  or to get involved with something?
The workshop takes place at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (room UFO 01/07) on 6th of March 2016   from 2.00 - 6.00 pm.
See programme here – an event in cooperation with: AStA RUB, LAT NRW, Office of Cooperation RUB / IGM, DGB NRW, DGB Jugend NRW, IG Metall NRW, Ver.di NRW, IG BCE Nordrhein, GEW NRW. From 6.00 pm on it’s possible to visit the learning factory of the RUB.
Informal registration welcome:
More information:
19.12.2016 Newsletter of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM - 03/2016
15.12.2016 On 9th of December 2016 all recently started projects concerning  the digitalisation of work – Industry 4.0 have been presented at the institution FGW Forschungsinstitut für gesellschaftliche Weiterentwicklung (e.V.). Prof. Dr. Wannöffel presented the research project “Industrie 4.0: Mitbestimmen – mitgestalten”. Lecture pdf
12.12.2016 Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Kooperationsstellen Wissenschaft und Arbeitswelt
At the annual conference of the „Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Kooperationsstellen Wissenschaft und Arbeitswelt“ at the University Leipzig on December 8th and 9th, 2016. Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel gave a lecture on the subject “Transdisciplinary research – concepts, methods, results”. Lecture pdf
12.12.2016 APPsist at National IT-summit in Saarbrücken and final conference in Bochum
After the results of the transdisciplinary research project APPsist have been presented at the National IT-summit on 16th/17th of November to the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and to Jörg Hofmann, first chairman of IG Metall (see SWR article and Chair of Production Systems LPS - current issues), the final conference took place at Ruhr-Universität Bochum on 30th of November. Prof. Dr. Wannöffel presented the results of this employee involving project realisation. As part of the IGM project "Arbeit und Innovation" employees, members of works councils and representatives of IG Metall have been involved in the development of action fields, in the choice of methods as well as in generating and applicating the results. APPsist is a best practice example for succeeding in overcoming structural transfer difficulties between science and practice via a transdisciplinary research approach. Lecture pdf
05.12.2016 Prof Dr. Manfred Wannöffel’s office hour on 12th of December 2016 is cancelled.
21.11.2016 "Industrie 4.0 braucht Beteiligung der Beschäftigten"
How should and can employees participate in creating digital production processes? Academic/scientific experts and specialists from working world discussed this question at a conference organised by the Kooperationsstelle Wissenschaft-Arbeitswelt, Sozialforschungsstelle TU Dortmund on November, 8th, 2016. See documentation.
21.11.2016 APPsist at National IT-summit in Saarbrücken
The co-operation project APPsist involving the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM and the Chair of Production Systems (LPS, RUB) and promoted by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs has been presented to the general public in the presence of the Federal Chancellor at the National IT-summit on November 16th/17th, 2016. More information:
SWR article: Project APPsist
LPS – current issues
21.11.2016 Start of the 2nd application phase “Arbeit und Innovation”
The second section of the series of qualification  “Arbeit und Innovation: Kompetenzen stärken +> Zukunft gestalten” started. This project association includes more than 40 enterprises by now which explore issues regarding the development of professional skills in the working environment 4.0 by means of practice orientated projects. At the beginning of 2017 themes such as working time and organisation of working time will be focused on. In close collaboration with the Chair of Production Systems (LPS, RUB) the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM offers practical training units covering digitalisation in the learning factory. More information
End of application phase: January 15th, 2016.
Contact persons:
Jürgen Klippert, phone: +49 (0) 69 6693-2392
Peter Pawlicki, phone: +49 (0) 69 6693-2063
Contact person in the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM:
Melissa Reuter phone +49 (0) 0234 -32 25239
07.11.2016 Prof Dr. Manfred Wannöffel’s next office hour will be on September 11th, 2016.
27.10.2016 Newsletter of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM – 02/2016
20.10.2016 Industrie 4.0: Mitbestimmen – mitgestalten (IMit²)
The objectives of this research project are to explore the impact of digitalisation of the industrial production on local working environment and to identify options particularly for employees to participate and to form this process. In close collaboration with the Chair of Production Systems (LPS, RUB) and the institution ifib (Institut für Informationsmanagement Bremen) the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM conducts an exploratory quantitative survey with manufacturing enterprises in North Rhine-Westphalia. More information.
17.10.2016 Research Platform “Wissenschaftsgeschichte des Ruhrgebiets”
Winter semester 2016/17 (on Wednesdays, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm, various locations)
Overview regarding the series of lectures: see flyer
06.10.2016 The Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM and the institution "Arbeit und Leben DGB/VHS NW“ conclude a cooperative agreement. The institution of continuing education “Arbeit und Leben DGB/VHS NW” which is funded by the Confederation of German Trade Union and the VHS (german adult education institute) is committed to organising the social and political education and conveys social and subject-specific skills to promote tasks covered by operational interest groups. This cooperation intends to offer practical vocational preparation for master students (M.A.) of the RUB focusing on adult education and employee participation. The research unity “Arbeit, Partizipation und Qualifizierung” of the Faculty of Social Science is a pilot project with a term of one year. It is funded by the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung and starts in the winter semester 2016/2017.
12.09.2016 Alpbach Scholarship Programme. Prof. Dr. Wannöffel held the seminar from August 18-23, 2016. An interview with Prof. Dr. Wannöffel was published in the newspaper supplement „Alpbach Extra“ of the Vienna newspaper “Wiener Zeitung” on September 1st, 2016.
29.09.2016 Publication: Industrie 4.0 in der Praxis – Die Digitalisierung gestalten, IGM – Management Board, 35909-64624.
The publication includes reports on project „APPSIST – Lernen im Arbeitsprozess” and on project “ARBEIT + INNOVATION – Kompetenzen stärken +> Zukunft gestalten“, which are realised in closed collaboration with the Chair of Production Systems and the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM.
28.09.2016 Publication: Prinz, Christopher Oberc, Henning, Kreimeier, Dieter, Kuhlenkötter, Dieter, Reuter, Melissa, Wannöffel, Manfred, “Learning Factory concept to impart knowledge about engineering methods as well as social science methods”, in Network of Innovative Learning Factories (NIL) project coordination: ESB Business School (editor): THE LEARNING FACTORY – An Annual Edition from Network of Innovative Learning Factories, Reutlingen University, September 2016. See publication as pdf
15.08.2016 The Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering are conjointly looking for an academic assistant  (B.A.) (19 h/week) supporting exploratory teaching in the learning factory. Start of employment: September 15th, 2016 (temporary employment of initiallyone year)
Profile of qualification:
- Mechanical Engineering or Social Science B.A. (post-graduate)
- Knowledge of unionized education and qualification of works councils
25.07.2016 Prof Dr. Manfred Wannöffel’s next office hours will be on  August 2nd, 9th and September 6th, 2016 (from noon till 1.00 pm).
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






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