Transformative science aims to consciously help shape sustainable societal change. This can be achieved through interdisciplinary, opportunity-oriented future research and the integration of science and society. Hereby, Innovation Labs are becoming increasingly relevant as platforms and opportunity structures for collaboration between science and society. To find out how research institutions can systematically realize transformative science, KIT Innovation HUB and the Institut für Technikzukünfte (ITZ) is developing concepts for transformative research institutes together with G&K in the BMBF-funded project “TRANSFORM“.
But what specific requirements does this place on organizations and actors in the science system? What are the success factors for the effective use of integrative and transformative transfer processes? These and other questions are addressed in the G&K and ITZ study “Innovation Labs at Universities in Germany. Relevant success factors for integrative and transformative transfer processes“, which is now available in German as a discussion paper. Based on an empirical case study of nine Innovation Labs at universities and research institutions in Germany, the project team has derived relevant success factors and recommendations for action for the integration of science and society.