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






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
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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