11.01.2018 February 7th - 9th, 2018 from 10:00 am - 6:45 pm
DERFAKTOR MENSCH‘ IN DER MENSCH-MASCHINE-INTERAKTION - Schnittstellen zwischen Mensch und Technik aus geistes- und technikwissenschaftlichen Perspektiven (The human factor in the man-machine interaction - interfaces between people and technology from the humanities and engineering perspectives).
Closing lecture „Industrie 4.0: Mitbestimmen – mitgestalten“from Prof. Dr. Wannöffel on 9th of February 2018 at 12.00 pm.
Location: Blue Square, Kortumstraße 90, 44787 Bochum
19.12.2017 Newsletter of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM - 02/2017
18.12.2017 Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel’s office hour on 19th of December 2017 is cancelled. Next office hour will be on January 16th, 2018.
28.11.2017 The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has a homepage on the topic Vertrauen gewinnen Arbeiten 4.0 in Lern- und Experimentierräumen erproben (Gain confidence - Try out Work 4.0 in learning and experimental environments)
Among others Jochen Schroth from the IG Metall executive board explains the specificity of the learning and reseach factory of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum for the joint project "Arbeit und Innovation".
13.11.2017 The NRW-Dialogforum 2017 "Gesellschaftliche Weiterentwicklung in Zeiten der Partikularisierung" (Social development in periods of particularization) takes place in the Congress Hotel in Düsseldorf on 23rd and 24th of November 2017. Prof. Dr. Wannöffel will give an introducing lecture on the subject "Die Zukunft solidarischer Arbeitsgesellschaften" (The future of work-oriented societies showing solidarity). Program
07.11.2017 Closing event of the project "Industrie 4.0: Mitbestimmen - mitgestalten" on 28th of November 2017
in the new learning and research factory of the Chair of Production Systems (Industriestr. 38 C, 44894 Bochum).
A survey among executive managers, employees and members of work councils of 51 industrial enterprises located in North Rhine-Westphalia has been conducted in the context of a joint project between the Chair of Production Systems, the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM and the Institut für Informationsmanagement Bremen GmbH. The survey explored how industry 4.0 scenarios have been implemented in the enterprises. If you are interested in this event, please contact Dominik Lins via mail until 20th of Novemebr 2017. More information - Agenda
07.11.2017 Mid-term conference of the project "Arbeit und Innovation" in the IG Metall Bildungszentrum“ in Sprockhövel
The mid-term conference of the projects "Arbeit und Innovation: Kompetenzen stärken - Zukunft gestalten" which are founed by the ESF took place in the IG Metall Bildungszentrum in Sprockhövel on 2nd and 3rd of November 2017. 180 participants from IG Metall (Industrial Metal Union) and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum attended the conference. 25 projects have been presented. The Chair of production Systems and the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM presented the Learning Factory. More information
23.10.2017 Awarding of 4 dissertation grants of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung:
Again, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung awards four dissertation grants treating the subjet " Research on social democracy and of its movements".
Closing date for applications: 10th of January 2018 - more
16.10.2017 Prof. Dr. Wannöffel's next office hour won't take place on 17th of October 2017.
07.09.2017 Awarding of two dissertation grants with reference to Glonal Social Rights of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung award two dissertation grants treating Global Social Rights with the scope of the cooperative Promotionskolleg "Social Human Rights" at the University Kassel and the College Fulda. Start of dissertation grants: 1st of April 2018 for a period of 2 years (for each of them it is possible to extend for a period of 6 months).
Closing date for applications: 15th of October 2017
04.09.2017 Behaviour patterns of works councils in terms of further education - results of a representative survey
On the basis of a representative survey in the context of the project funded by the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung "Works councils' needs for qualification and offers of qualification in practice – empiric analysis based on a representative survey among works councils (QuBA)“ criteria influencing the participation of works councils in programmes for further education have been identified in organisational areas of five DGB trade unions.
See the results in the WSI-Mitteilungen edition 06/2017
27.07.2017 Successful module MAO - Presentation of project results
The members of works councils of the cooperating companies Vorwerk & Co KG (Wuppertal), Doncasters Precisions Castings (Bochum), Kone GmbH (Bochum), ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe (Bochum) attended the closing event of the interdisciplinary two-semester module „Management und Organisation von Arbeit (MAO)“ (management and organisation of work) on 24th of July 2017. The students of social and engeneering sciences of the RUB finally presented their project results. During the summer semester the students and the members of works councils developed together research projects regarding topics emerging from operational practices. They transferred consequently academic contents of the first semester to operational practices.
The next MAO module will start in the forthcoming winter semester 2017/18. Interested students can apply for the winter semester during the regular dates for registration (social science - VSPL and engeneering sciences - FlexNow).
25.07.2017 - Successful end of term -
Graduate students of the Research Module "Arbeit, Partizipation und Qualifizierung (work, participation and qualification)" presented their first research results regarding the topics "Weiterbildungs- und Qualifizierungsmaßnahmen für Betriebsräte" (further education and qualification programs for members of works councils) to interested experts on 27th of June 2017. The module emerged from a joint project between the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM and Arbeit und Leben NW and was financially supported by the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung. More
18.07.2017 Newsletter of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM - 01/2017
12.07.2017 Annual report 2016 of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM
11.07.2017 Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel’s next office hours will be on  August 1st, September 5th, and October 10th, 2017
11.07.2017 Learning factories at universities –
A new joint research project between the Chair of Production Systems LPS (Prof. Dr. Dieter Kreimeier), the Chair of General Sociology, Work and Economics (Prof. Dr. Rolf G. Heinze) and the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM (Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel):
The recently approved research cooperation aimes at exploring the different types of learning factories at universities, analysing the different curricula and probing potential effects on regional economic operators and their representatives of works councils.
The project is funded by the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung for a period of two years.
19.06.2017 Journal "Learning Factories’ Trainings as an Enabler of Proactive Workers’ Participation Regarding Industrie 4.0"
Verfasser: Melissa Reuter, Henning Oberc, Manfred Wannöffel, Dieter Kreimeier, Jürgen Klippert , Peter Pawlicki, Bernd Kuhlenkötter
Current discussions concerning the implementation of Industrie 4.0 technologies comprehend also the effects on workplaces and labor conditions in Industrie 4.0 companies. A holistic approach towards these two topics is necessary to accompany the transition process from current production systems towards cyber-physical productions systems (CPPS). Thus the technology-organization-personnel (T-O-P) approach can be used to develop new learning factory modules, in order to focus on the facilitation of workers’ representatives. General aim is to support technological and organizational changes proactively and create decent work conditions. This paper discusses a new didactical concept to impart knowledge regarding the effects on workplaces and labour conditions for employees using a learning factory setting.
Editor: Procedia Manufacturing - ISSN: 2351-9789
Article pdf
22.05..2017 Arbeit und Innovation – corporate video presenting the training course in the learning factory of the LPS
Due to success of our joint project "Arbeit und Innovation: Kompetenzen stärken, Zukunft gestalten" the project team has realised a corporate video. It is based on a real training situation so that you get an overview of the teaching and learning contents via interviews with participants and project managers.
Linkto the corporate video:
02.05.2017 Article "Learning profession related issues during academic studies: the learning factory"
Authors: Dr. Bernd Kaßebaum (former employee of the Education and Qualification Policy Section of the executive board of IG Metall (Industrial Metal Union) and Prof. Manfred Wannöffel
Journal "berufsbildung" Eusl-Verlagsgesellschaft, Detmold
Zeitschrift für Theorie - Praxis - Dialog
27.04.2017 Prof. Dr. Dietmar Petzina, former headmaster and former member of curatorship of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM gives a lecture on the topic „1st of May – day of action or bank holiday? Rituals and productions in the 20th century“ on 3rd of May. The lecture starts at 12.00 pm in GB 04/86. It is part of the interdisciplinary team-taught lecture series "Anniversary 2017 – a calendar relating to cultural sciences“ of the Institut für Deutschlandforschung.
26.04.2017 Industry 4.0 - Use one's own mind in the smart factory
article published by Deutsche Welle on 21st of April 2017
29.03.2017 Digital factory, man and technolgy, education and continuing education, industry 4.0: qualification of staff in SME
J. Abel, P. S. Wagner, article written within the project ADAPTION and published by Springer-VDI, Düsseldorf - wt Werkstattstechnik online Jahrgang 107 (2017) Article pdf
23.03.2017 4. Bochumer Disput: Cross-movement mobilization: a cure to desolidarisation and rising populism? April 7th, 2017 5:30-7:00 pm; location: Haus der Geschichte des Ruhrgebiets; host: Institut für soziale Bewegungen (ISB), Hans-Böckler-Stiftung und die Gemeinsame Arbeitsstelle RUB/IGM (Institute for Social Movements, Hans-Böckler-Foundation and Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM) more
06.03.2017 The Progress Congress of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) presents the results of the dialogue process with regard to the memorandum 2030 of NRW "NRW gestalten / Configurate NRW"
The learning factory of the RUB which put into practice the results of various industry 4.0 projects has been presented.
The website of the minstery Arbeit.Integration.Soziales / Labour.Integration.Social Issues informs about specific fora and provides a film depicting examples and statements of six experts from NRW about the issue Wie wollen wir zukünftig leben / How do we like to live in the future?
28.02.2017 Public series of lectures “Wissenschaftsgeschichte des Ruhrgebiets“ winter semester 2016/17
Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel gave a lecture on the subject “Science for the working environment: The cooperation between the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the IG Metall in times of structural change” on 25th of January 2017. Lecture pdf.
23.02.2017 Alpbach Scholarship Programme: August 16 – 22, 2017 – Subject “Conflict and cooperation”
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, 2017. More information:
20.02.2017 Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel’s next office hours will be on March 7th and April 4th, 2017 (12.00 pm – 1.00pm).
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
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
17.12.2015 Newsletter of the Office of Cooperation – RUB/IGM - 03/2015
07.12.2015 ADAPTION - migration towards CPPS based on the current degree of maturity
On 1 January 2016, the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM begins to work on the new Industry 4.0 project “ADAPTION” in cooperation with the chair of production systems (RUB). The project is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for three years. This research cooperation aims at developing a migration model based on the degree of maturity to enable production companies to establish cyber-physical-production-systems (CPPS).
26.11.2015 Neue Forschungskooperation zur Untersuchung von Qualifizierungsbedarf und Qualifizierungspraxis von Betriebsräten (QuBA):
Am 1. Dezember startet in der Gemeinsamen Arbeitsstelle im Arbeitsschwerpunkt Bildung eine neue Forschungskooperation mit fünf DGB-Gewerkschaften. Erforscht werden die bisherige Qualifizierungspraxis und die Identifizierung neuer Qualifizierungsanforderungen von Betriebsrätinnen und Betriebsräten in einer sich dynamisch entwickelnden Arbeitswelt zwischen Globalisierung und Digitalisierung. Hierzu wird eine deutschlandweite Befragung von mehreren Tausend Betriebsratsmitgliedern aller Branchen und Betriebsgrößen durchgeführt. Die Forschungskooperation wird von der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung gefördert. Die Befragung startet Anfang 2016. Erste Ergebnisse sollen Mitte des Jahres vorliegen.
Projekttitel: „Qualifizierungsbedarfe von Betriebsräten und Qualifizierungsangebote für Betriebsräte – empirische Analysen auf Basis einer repräsentativen Betriebsrätebefragung (QuBA)“
24.11.2015 A new research cooperation examines works’ councils’ needs for qualification and qualification in practice (QuBA):
Starting on December 1, the Office of Cooperation organizes a research cooperation project between five DGB trade unions with the focus on education. The aim is to explore the present practice of qualification and to identify new requirements concerning the qualification of works’ councils. This issue becomes even more important in the context of a dynamic working world characterized by globalization and digitalization. Therefore, a German-wide survey with several thousand members of works’ councils of all sectors and all company sizes is conducted. The research cooperation is funded by the Hans-Boeckler Foundation. The survey starts January 2016. First results are expected around the middle of 2016. Project title: ”Needs and offers of qualification of and for works‘ councils – empirical analyses based on a representative survey of works’ councils” (original: „
Qualifizierungsbedarfe von Betriebsräten und Qualifizierungsangebote für Betriebsräte – empirische Analysen auf Basis einer repräsentativen Betriebsrätebefragung (QuBA)“)
10.11.2015 International cooperation as part of the RUB learning factory Invited by the automobile cluster Aragon (Zaragoza, Spain), Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel gave a lecture on possible solutions to transfer experience from the RUB learning factory to the Spanish site of Opel in Zaragoza on November 5 - 6. See lecture as pdf and article.
27.10.2015 Expert commission Industry 4.0
Invited by the Ministry for Work, Integration and Social Affairs NRW, Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel participated in an expert commission on Industry 4.0 on October 27, 2015. Embedded in the context of the varied research cooperation projects the Office of Cooperation is engaged in, he introduced nine theses concerning the role of works’ councils’ codetermination and of employees’ participation in the constitution of future work processes.
18.08.2015 Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel’s next office hours will be on October 6, 2015
Europäische Betriebsräte – Grenzüberschreitende Koordination in der Automobilzulieferindustrie (European works councils – transnational coordination in the automotive supply industry) by Axel Hauser-Ditz, Valentina Mählmeyer, Ludger Pries. Part of the series Work – Interests – Participation published by campus publishing company. ISBN 978-3-593-50328-8
04.08.2015 Die Schnittstelle – information about studies and career provided by the IG Metall (issue 19 p. 4)
Learning under real production conditions – a project by RUB and IG Metall. Access to the article is provided here.
You can now order the print issue of Schnittstelle for free -
03.08.2015 40 years of cooperation between IG Metall and Ruhr-University Bochum
“Kooperation – Brücke zwischen Hörsaal und Fabrikhalle” (Cooperation – bridge between lecture hall and factory hall)
Article published in Magazin Mitbestimmung by the Hans-Böckler Foundation (07+08 2015)
30.07.2015 Festschrift “Forschung als Herausforderung” (Research as challenge) on the occasion of Werner Fiedler’s retirement from the Hans-Böckler Foundation. Edited by Heinz-Hermann Krüger, Heinz Sünker, Werner Thole and published by Barbara Budrich. Contribution of Prof. Dr. Wannöffel “Sachzwang Japan: Zur Inkubationszeit des Toyotismus”
24.07.2015 Newsletter of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM - 02/2015
23.07.2015 BlauPause – 50th anniversary of Ruhr-University Bochum – temporary results of the survey
Within the scope of the festivities on the occasion of the 50-year existence of the Ruhr-University Bochum, the Office of Cooperation conducted a student survey addressed to visitors of the “BlauPause” on June 6, 2015. The participants were asked for their opinion on the role of the RUB for the economy and science in Bochum. The survey consisted of eight questions that were developed together with students from the seminar “Science and working world” at the faculty of social science. In total, 364 people took part in the survey on this day. The temporary results can be accessed here.
Wissenschaft und Arbeitswelt – eine Kooperation im Wandel (Science and working world – a changing cooperation)
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the cooperation between IG Metall and Ruhr-University Bochum. Published by Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries, Dr. Hans-Jürgen Urban, Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel 2015, 244pp. ISBN 978-3-8487-2478-9 (Together with edition sigma) to obtain at
13.07.2015 annual report 2014 of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IG Metall
10.07.2015 RUB and IG Metall: 40 years of cooperation published in the Aktuellportal of the Ruhr-University Bochum.
30.06.2015 Interview with Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel published in IG Metall WAP – Das Bildungsportal on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the cooperation between IG Metall and Ruhr-University Bochum. Jubilee event on July 10, 2015. You can find the program here. Application required.
02.06.2015 50 years Ruhr-University Bochum. Contribution on WDR 5
26.05.2015 d Dialog 10/2015
Biography research on the basis of the Opel plants in Bochum – raise, upheaval, decline.
08.05.2015 June 8, 2015 – 2nd Bochumer Disput –Free trade and fair wages worldwide? Opportunities and limits of sustainable production.
The Institute for Social Movements and the Office of Cooperation host the 2nd Bochumer Disput as part of the International Week at RUB. The event will take place in the House for History of the Ruhr area (Clemensstr. 17-19, Bochum) on June 8, 6-8pm. More information. Contribution Lokalkompass.
21.04.2015 July 7-8, 2015 – The 5th Conference on Learning Factories. The Office of Cooperation participates with a talk in collaboration with the chair of production systems: “Learning Factory – A Didactic Concept to teach professional competence regarding questions of management, organization and workers’ participation”. More information about the program can be accessed here.
20.04.2015 Access to the newsletter of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IG Metall 1/2015
40 years of cooperation between IG Metall and Ruhr University Bochum
On July 10, 2015, we will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the cooperation agreement between the Industrial Metal Union and Ruhr University Bochum. We will hear speeches by Svenja Schulze (Minister of Innovation, Science and Research of the federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia), Elmar Weiler (Rector of the Ruhr-University Bochum) and Detlef Wetzel (first chairman of the Industrial Metal Union) followed by a panel discussion concerning “Co-determination and participation in economy and society”. You can access the program here. Applications required.
15.04.2015 May 13, 2015 4.15pm GC 04/611
Inaugural lecture as part of the colloquium of social sciences in the summer term 2015
Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel (RUB IGM)
“The changing cooperation of science and working world: 40 years of cooperation between Ruhr University Bochum and IG Metall” Access Prof. Dr. Manfred Wannöffel’s talk here.
17.03.2015 We are looking for a student assistant! From May 2015 for 10 h/ week – support of teaching, projects and general office work.
30.01.2015 Many roads lead to the lecture hall!
Get informed about opportunities of third-chance education on February 27, 2015 4pm.
More information Pia Wagner – Tel. 0234-25239
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The 6th season of the further training for scholarship holders of the Hans-Böckler Foundation “Process management and organization-oriented qualifications” is going to start in April, 2015. More information and description of modules.
18.12.2014 Newsletter of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM
27.10.2014 The future of work: Industry 4.0 Structural change of work and working world - Conference of Hans-Böckler-Foundation at Universität Kassel on 23 October 2014.
Presentation of Dr. Manfred Wannöffel
15.10.2014 Newsletter of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM – 3/2014
Closing events on 30 and 31 October 2014
30 October at 2 p.m.: Opening in the lobby of Schauspielhaus, followed by presentations and discussions.
31 October 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Continuation in Zukunftsakademie NRW (ZAK), Humboldstraße 40, 44787 Bochum
13.10.2014 Event “Innovative projects in the introductory phase of the study program” in Düsseldorf on 10 October – host: VDI – Düsseldorf (VDI: Association of German Engineers). The VDI provided 11 different workshops as an additional offer to the Quality Dialogue Science. The workshops provided a platform to support the dialogue concerning a sustainable education of engineers. Manfred Wannöffel gave a presentation on the Learning Factory. (see presentation)
07.10.2014 As part of the international project “This is Not Detroit” of Schauspielhaus Bochum, Manfred Wannöffel gave a presentation on the industrial change in Bochum which comes along with the closure of the Opel factory. The presentation was given in Zaragoza (Spain) on 2 October 2014. (see presentation)
07.10.2014 In cooperation with the Hans-Böckler-Foundation (department for promotion of doctorates), the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM hosted an international course from 29 September to 3 October. The topic of the course was the transnational cooperation of unions in Bratislava (Slovakia) and Vienna (Austria) which was also attended by students of Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
23.09.2014 Industry 4.0 – Collaborative project “SOPHIE” – Synchronized production by semi-autonomous planning and human-centric decision-support.
On 16 September a kick-of event introduced the collaborative project “SOPHIE” which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for three years. Actors of the fields research and education, user companies and counselling institutions participate in the consortium of the project. In cooperation with the faculty of Production Systems (LPS), the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM accompanies the process of research and development of the project with regard to questions of employee participation, co-determination, information and data management, and recent requirements for qualifications and competencies which arise as a result of the innovative design of production. For more information:
12.09.2014 dialog Dialog edition 09/2014
Course „Management, Labour and Organisation (MAO)“ – interdisciplinary, practical, innovative
25.08.2014 Management, Arbeit und Organisation (MAO)
(“Management, Labour and Organisation”)
The faculties of Social Science and Mechanical Engineering and the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM offer the interdisciplinary course during the winter semester 2014/15. Applications via e-mail to Pia Wagner
22.07.2014 Newsletter of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IMU 02/2014
22.07.2014 Recently Published "Einfluss der betrieblichen Mitbestimmung auf die regionale Wirtschaftsförderung: Das Beispiel Opel in Bochum."(Influence of the worker participation on local economic promotion: Using the example of Opel Bochum“  Wannöffel, Manfred (2014) In: Rasmus C. Beck, Rolf G. Heinze und Josef Schmid (Hg.): Zukunft der Wirtschaftsförderung (future of economic promotion). Baden-Baden: Nomos, S. 301–316.
21.07.2014 “Third-chance education at Ruhr-Universität Bochum” – university admission without Abitur (DE)”
A short presentation on the activities of the cooperation project as well as information on the quantitative development of professionally qualified prospective students at RUB.
11.07.2014 Recently Published in Industry Management (Industrie Management) 30 (2014)
"Lernfabrik zur Vermittlung berufsfeldrelevanter Handlungskompetenzen" Fragen der Gestaltung und des Managements von Arbeit theoretisch kennenlernen und in einer Lernfabrik realitätsnah erproben (“Learn Factory for conveying competences which are relevant for occupational areas” Issues of Arrangement and the Management of Labour on a theoretical Base and proving it realistic in the Learn Factory.)
Christopher Prinz, Friedrich Morlock, University Bochum,
Pia Sabrina Wagner, Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM
Dieter Kreimeier, University Bochum und Manfred Wannöffel, Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM
Published at GITO Verlag
13.06.2014 Annual report 2013 of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM
05.06.2014 The first Conference for Works Councils at the Ruhr-University was on June, 05 at the Centre of IT-Security in Bochum. Topics were „Using potentials – Arrangements in the plant“, „Healthy labour – Healthy plant“, “Never stop Learning – Works Councils and further education”.
More Information and Program
30.05.2014 Bochumer Disput: Bochum after Opel: what is the future of the City”
The Institute of Social Movement of the Ruhr-University, die Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM and the theatre in Bochum (Schauspielhaus Bochum) have organised a series of events with the Title “Bochumer Disput – Globalisierungskonflikte vor Ort” (“Bochums Dispute – A Localy Conflict of Globalisation). The start of the series – with the topic “Bochum after Opel: what is the future of the City”- was on June, 17 at 6pm at the “Haus der Geschichte des Ruhrgebiets („House of History of the Ruhr-Area).
More Information
30.04.2014 Newsletter of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IMU - 01/2014
10.03.2014 NEW - Newsletter „STUDIUM OHNE ABITUR - Informationen und Beratungsmöglichkeiten“, (University admittance without Abitur) of the cooperation project “Third-chance education at RUB“ between the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM and “ELLI“
20.02.2014 University admittance without Abitur at the Ruhr-University Bochum
Information even on February, 28 2014 at 4pm

as part of the cooperation project "Third-chance education at RUB" at the Blue Square (Bongardstr. 16 - 18 - 2. Floor).
After a talk on the varied major programs as well as admission standards, student consultants will be available for one-on-one conversations.
More information: - Tel. 0234-32-25239
09.01.2014 Newsletter of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IMU - 04/2013
22.10.2013 Newsletter of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IMU - 03/2013
21.10.2013 Film Evening and Discussion
Opel in Bochum: Departure, Upheaval, End?
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013, 6pm at the library of the Ruhr area (Haus der Geschichte)
Article in the Lokalkompass
14.10.2013 Start of The Detroit-Project Motorcities: October 11th 2013
International Lab (1st edition)
THE DETROIT-PROJECT  is a one-year international city project and art festival in Bochum. It tries to answer the questions how the future of the city, the arts and the job situation in the four European OPEL locations can be shaped. The Office of Cooperation is a project member and invites to a symposium on October 11th 2013. For more information & the presenation
11.10.2013 The annual Gutachternetzwerktagung „Beruflichkeit und Fachlichkeit in Studium und Akkreditierung“ took place at the Ruhr University Bochum on October 1st and 2nd this year.
For more infos: ProgramPresentations and Pictures
20.09.2013 RECENTLY Published
Collective employee representation in German companies: Coverage and contextual conditions.
Axel Hauser-Ditz, Markus Hertwig, Ludger Pries, (2013):
In: Employee Relations 35 (5), S. 509 - 526
19.09.2013 Die Hans-Böckler-Stiftung und die Gemeinsame Arbeitsstelle RUB/IGM führten vom 9. bis 13. September 2013 eine Studienreise nach Genf durch.
Mehr Informationen
22.08.2013 21.08. - 23.08.2013 - International Conference - Workers’ Participation at Plant Level – An International Comparison
hosted at the “House of History“ in Bochum, 40 experts from 10 different countries came together to talk about worker’s particpation at an international level. The program can be found here.
First press commentaries
12.08.2013 On August 9th, the course guidance center of the Ruhr University together with the Office of Cooperation hosted an info event for aspiring students with professional qualifications. Advertising the project “Third-Chance Education at the Ruhr University“, the event was aiming at informing future students about the variety of possibilities that awaits them in Bochum. The team distributed flyers and offered counselling sessions. More information about the projekt
24.07.2013 Newsletter of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IGM - 02/2013
23.07.2013 Press Release of the Ruhr University
Bochum’s future without OPEL
RUB-publication on background information and possibilities concerning the closing of the OPEL plant in Bochum. A cooperation between the university and the IG Metall is taking new approaches
23.07.2013 The group of students that took part in the seminar “Interdisciplinary Aspects in Worker’s Protection“ in the summer term 2013 that was hosted by the Office of Cooperation and the Faculty of Engineering’s program ELLI (Exzellentes Lehren und Lernen in den Ingenieurwissenschaften), went to visit ThyssenKrupp Electrical Steel in Bochum on June 11th. A group picture can be found here.
23.07.2013 Networking conference “Beruflichkeit und Fachlichkeit in Studium und Akkreditierung“. On October 1st and 2nd the Ruhr University Bochum, the Office of Cooperation and the Union Consultant Network will host  a networking conference concerning “Beruflichkeit und Fachlickeit in Studium und Akkreditierung“. You can apply and find more information here:
15.07.2013 Dr. Wannöffel’s office hour has to be cancelled for tomorrow, July 16th 2013.
12.07.2013 Qualification Program Lean Management 2013 -
The qualification program of IWEX (Institut für WertschöpfungsExzellenz) will prepare you extensively and transfer-oriented for the challenges that come with planning and performing a successful Lean Project. You can find the program for 2013 here
11.07.2013 RECENTLY Published
Political Learning - Volume 1 -2 /13
Globalization and Glocalization Using the Example of the Ruhr Area – The Globalization Tour as a Didactic Method
Melissa Reuter, Manfred Wannöffel
09.07.2013 RECENTLY Published
Possibilities and Limits of Sustainable Safeguarding of Jobs and Production Sites – using the example of OPEL plants in Bochum

Blöcker, Antje / Palomo, Mark Esteban / Wannöffel, Manfred Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Series Working Papers Labor und Social Issues, Vol. 279
27.06.2013 Recently published in CAMPUS
Labor, Organization and Mobility – A Transnational Perspective
Martina Maletzky (Hg.), Martin Seeliger (Hg.), Manfred Wannöffel (Hg.) – June 2013
27.06.2013 Annual report 2012 of the Office of Cooperation
27.06.2013 Call for Papers: "International Solidarity reloaded – Unions and other social movements between challenges and chances of globalization“. Conference for PhD students of the Hans Böckler foundation in Göttingen on April 1st – April 4th 2014 more
03.06.2013 AO for Engineers – Better with Education
Engineers do not merely develop new technologies. They also have to be up to date with social innovations. What they need for that, they learn in Bochum.
Article published: metallzeitung 06/2013 – Members‘ newspaper IG Metall
25.04.2013 Newsletter of the Office of Cooperation RUB/IMU - 01/2013
24.04.2013 ARIBERA - nationwide apprenticeship - Apprenticeship as industrial promoter for work councils The office of cooperation engages with a project of IG Metal ARIBERA. The innovative nationwide further education project will start in September 2013. Until December 2014, two apprenticeship tutorials, each with five modules, will take place in the IG Metal’s head office in Frankfort on the Main and at the training factory for engineering at the Ruhr University Bochum.
24.04.2013 Corporate support structures for industrial councils in the area of corporate further education.
New transnational research project with participation of the office of cooperation. In cooperation with Prof. Carola Iller, Johannes Keppler- University of Linz, the office will examine support structures for industrial councils in the area of “corporate further education”. The office will cooperate with the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB). The case-studies oriented project is aiming at the identification of best practice models within various institutional framework conditions (Germany/ Austria, sector with/without collective agreements on training) and it is aiming at the development of definite recommendations of action. The project will start in July 2013.
04.04.2013 Job advertisement Arbeit und Leben DGB/VHS Nordrhein-Westfalen is looking for a pedagogic expert (19,84 hours). Read more
21.03.2013 This summer semester, a lecture on the promotion of interdisciplinary dialogue of students will be offered at the Ruhr University Bochum with participation of the office of cooperation RUB/IGM. The course will mainly focus on operational worker and health protection. Here you can find an informative poster.
18.03.2013 Article in the newspaper Die Zeit on March 7th, 2013.
- OPEL-Fest der Angst-
07.03.2013 On March 6th, 2013, the Q+MEO closing convention "Rahmenbedingungen und Best Practices betrieblicher Weiterbildung" (Determining factors and best practices of corporate further education” ) took place at the FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management University of Applied Sciences. Here you can find Dr. Manfred Wannöffel’s contribution on the subject of "Qualifizierungstarifverträge: Programmatik und Praxis"
04.03.2013 Cooperative research project published in March: "Modernisierung der Universitäten. Umsetzungsstand und Wirkungen neuer Steuerungsinstrumente (“Modernization of universities. Level of implementation and impact of new controlling instruments”) Bogumil, Jörg/Burgi, Martin/Heinze, Rolf G./Gerber, Sascha/Gräf, Ilse-Dore/Jochheim, Linda/Schickentanz, Maren/Wannöffel, Manfred: – edition sigma 2013, ISBN 978-3-8360-7291-5 Find more detailed information
21.02.2013 Call for applications – Masters Program for unionists The Global Labour University (GLU) invites unionists and activist in the field of work alliances to apply for the masters program “Labour Policies and Globalization”, a one-year masters program in English. This year’s program starts in October 2013 at the University of Kassel. Applicants should apply by 30th of January 2013 by mailing the application to to be guaranteed consideration. more
20.02.2013 Saturday, February 23rd, 2013- 11.05 pm Hallo Ü-Wagen special Opel Bochum: Is it worth the fight? Bochum seeks for jobs. Following guest will discuss: -Paul Aschenbrenner (City manager of Bochum) -Dr. Manfred Wannöffel (Managing director of the office of cooperation RUB/IGM ) Location: Husemannplatz- 44787 Bochum city
18.02.2013 The Hans Böckler Foundation is planning a summer school program with the subject “structural change of work relationship and special interest organization” in cooperation with the University of Kassel and the University of Trier. The seminar will take place on July 29th -August 2nd 2013 at the IG Metall –Bildungszentrum Berlin Pichelsee and addresses junior scientists, who would like to present their projects at the summer school.
29.01.2013 On January 16, 2013, the RUB workshop “Open college in engineering science: current developments and joint action perspective“ took place in the context of the project “Excellent teaching and learning in engineering studies” . The workshop mainly focused on professionally qualified students. more