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Europe-wide protection of the trademark Humanities Matter Lab®

G&K supports with the Humanities Matter Lab® universities and non-university research institutions to improve transfer from the social sciences, humanities and the arts into society.

Research results from these SSHA-disciplines have so far often been neglected in terms of research transfer, innovation and start-ups and are far too seldom applied. In order to systematically improve this, the Humanities Matter Lab® addresses the special requirements of the humanities and social sciences for transfer through our specific, individualized methods, measures and structures. These can be carried out, trained or set up at universities or non-university research institutions.

Now that we have secured the trademark rights for the Humanities Matter Lab® throughout Europe, we are successively expanding our HuMLab-range of services and are now increasingly using this innovative instrument. In doing so, we are applying methods by which knowledge from the humanities and social sciences helps companies, but also cities, municipalities, public administrations, etc., to solve current problems. The Humanities Matter Lab® becomes a think tank!

Further information will soon be available at

If you need more facts or would like to know how we can support your individual needs, we look forward to hearing from you!


Social Innovation through transfer – AUTM Annual Meeting 2019

“Transforming Ideas into Opportunities“- the US-based international non-profit-organisation for technology transfer AUTM is dedicated to make the results of research economically and socially usable. AUTM is affiliated with over 3000 universities, research institutions, clinics, companies and government organisations worldwide. At the AUTM Annual Meeting 2019 (10-13 February) in Austin, Texas Dr Christoph Koeller held a lecture in section 5 F: “Social Innovation in Technology Transfer: Exploring New and Old Models”.

Based on the problem that state funding for research is increasingly restricted, institutions and companies have to look for other financing options. In all university faculties it is required to promote innovation and incorporate start-ups. For this purpose, it is necessary to use existing resources in a more targeted manner in order to generate sales and increase value added.

On the one hand, the event dealt with strategies for the protection of intellectual property beyond patents. On the other hand, commercialisation models that support a broader mobilisation of knowledge were presented. Based on US-American and international models, the topics social entrepreneurship and licensing were discussed.



8th Transferwerkstatt: Knowledge and technology transfer of non-university research institutions

On Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16, 2018, the 8th Transferwerkstatt took place in Berlin under the title “Innovations from Science – Who takes the first step?

The BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) supports transfer structures and services within the framework of the “innovation orientation of research” and thus supports the research and development of new instruments and methods. At the event, the experiences of the knowledge and technology transfer officers of the non-university research institutions as well as the experiences from industry were presented and discussed jointly.
Dr. Christoph Köller of G&K gave a lecture on one of our core topics on the first day of the 8th Transferwerkstatt: “From a research result to a “product” – transfer of SSHA findings”.

On the second day of the event, once again a panel discussion with high-ranking representatives from science and industry took place this year, where current topics were discussed. The following representatives from non-university research institutions attended the event
– Dr. Böhm, Secretary General of the Leibniz Association,
– Dr. Roth, Director of Technology Marketing at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft,
– Prof. Dr. Seeberger,Director at the Max-Planck Institute for Colloids and Surfaces,
– Prof. Dr. Kaysser, Managing Director of the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research (Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH)

As economic representatives participated
– Mrs. Sophia Hatzelmann, Managing Director of ahc GmbH and Chairwoman of the MINT Commission of the Association of German Women Entrepreneurs,
– Mrs. Anke Kleinschmit, Daimler AG, Director Technology Factory Powertrain

G&K is already looking forward to the 9th Transferwerkstatt next year after this first-class event!

G&K Humanities Impact Café at ASTP fall meeting and Brave New World

As part of Brave New World and the ASTP Fall Meeting, Christoph Koeller is guiding through the Humanities Impact Café “Upgrade yourself!? – Knowledge transfer from Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts for next generation human machine interfaces”. The workshop is about how technology affects human life and which human perspectives should be considered by technology developers when it comes to biohacking, implanted chips, antennas etc. Two talks, one from Dr Femke Nijboer (assistant professor neuropsychology in the Health, Medical and Neuropsychology unit at Leiden University and affiliate member of the 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology) and one from Dr Stephan Kohn (head of Telekom Design Gallery, the future and innovation forum of Deutsche Telekom AG), will provide inspiration and outline different point of views on next generation HMI. Based on these talks, the impact café taps into an interactive format that tackles possible contributions of SSHA to next generation HMI. Together we will tackle the questions mentioned above, challenging the SSHA perspective. It’s SSHA transfer in reality.

The workshop will take place on November 8th, 2018 from 11.00 – 13.30h at Holiday Inn Leiden, Haagse Schouwweg 10, 2332 KG Leiden. Participation is free of charge for participants of ASTP 2018 Fall Meeting (register here or Brave New World (register for the conference here ( and additionally for the workshop via

Taking the partnership between ASTP and BNW into account the workshop addresses Knowledge Transfer Officers, knowledge transfer minded people and, especially, all open minded SSHA academics and students, including the BNW community.

G&K Workshop at Berlin Science Week: Nurturing SSHA start-ups

Knowledge transfer from Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts (SSHA) is a topic of growing relevance, the call for “impact” for instance is known all over the place. Other than in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Intellectual Property Rights play a minor role in SSHA transfer. One of the most popular transfer instruments that is highly appreciated by almost every politician are start ups. They do exist in SSHA transfer but there is a request to improve the amount and quality of SSHA start ups. Therefore, the main question of this workshop is: How to nurture SSHA start ups?

The event “Nurturing SSHA start-ups” aims to increase the understanding of specifics of SSHA start-ups. . It is organized by ASTP, Weizenbaum-Institute for the networked society and G&K. Christoph will guide through the workshop. The workshop will tackle ways of supporting SSHA knowledge transfer in a best possible manner – from research to commercial and non-commercial markets, including social innovation. Therefore, selected talks on SSHA start-ups will provide inspiration. Based on these talks, the Humanities Impact Hub-Café taps into an interactive format that allows instant communication, learning, and orientation on practice-related start-up issues. This way, the workshop seeks to enable attendees for SSHA transfer and start-ups. The workshop addresses SSHA academics and students as well as knowledge transfer-minded attendees who aim to contribute with their work to society and the economy.

The workshop will take place as part of the Berlin Science Week in cooperation with ASTP and the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society  on November 2nd, 2018 from 13 – 17h at Weizenbaum Institute, Hardenbergstr. 32 (1st Floor), D-10623 Berlin.

There is no admission fee. As registration is limited, please register here (

Further details on the event can be found here.

Speakers: Simone Burel, Romy Hilbig, Mark Mann, Robert Meijer, Christoph Köller