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Future of energy supply in the steel industry - H2B ("Hydrogen to Bremen")

Duration: 2020 to 2022

In this project, an interdisciplinary team of natural, technical and economic scientists will analyse the future supply and use of hydrogen as an energy source for the steel industry in Bremen. The holistic supply concept takes into account the entire value-added chain of hydrogen supply and use in the sense of a roadmap. This also includes, for example, mobility concepts and plans for heat supply to districts in Bremen, Bremerhaven and neighbouring regions.

Such far-reaching transformation processes require the willingness to cooperate and acceptance in society as well as accompanying political measures. In order to explore these aspects, behavioural economic studies are conducted in the BreLAB. The insights gained will be used in stakeholder workshops to identify potentials, barriers and possible policy measures. From the natural and technical science side, the project will conduct a potential analysis for the realization of an electrolyser at the site of the Bremen steelworks. The project is a joint project in cooperation with the working group "Resilient Energy Systems" of the Faculty of Production Technology at the University of Bremen (coordination) and is financed by the Bremer Aufbaubank under the title "Roadmap for a gradual defossilisation of the steel industry and urban infrastructures using electrolysis hydrogen in Bremen (H2B)" for 36 months.

Contact: Dr. Tobias Wendler

Obstacles to Modernization in the Economy and Science of the GDR (Mod-Block-DDR)

Duration: 2018 to 2022

The joint project “Obstacles to Modernization in the Economy and Science of the GDR” has been selected for funding through the Federal Ministry of Science and Education and will start on December 01, 2018. The overall objective of the joint project is to identify the obstacles to modernization in the state socialist economy and science system of the GDR, to analyse their effects on the past real economic development as well as the impact on socio-economic disparities between East and West Germany until today. The empirical analyses will include inner-German comparisons as well as comparisons to neighbouring countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The project funding will initially be for four years.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther

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From Biotech to Bioeconomy (B2B-Future)

Duration: 2017 to 2020

Project funding through Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
The project empirically investigates the development of the broad field of Bioeconomy out of the relatively specialized field of Biotech in Germany. Using patent and firm level data for network and citation analyses, major technological pathes will be detected for the time period of 1995 to 2015. Furthermore, data on R&D funding will be used to analyse the relationship between public funding and the development of the above mentioned major technological paths. The project will contribute to a better understanding of the emergence of the Bioeconomy in Germany, the role of public funding and corporate success factors. Results of the project will also be discussed in the context of the National Research Strategy Bioeconomy 2030. The project is jointly conducted with the University of Greifswald, Germany.


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Contact person: Mariia Shkolnykova

INNcentive – Promoting Innovation Research of Young Scientists

Duration: 2017 to 2020

The INNcentive project is a joint initiative of the University Bremen, Faculty of Business Studies and Economics and the Stifterverband, a German non-profit organization that aims at promoting education, science and innovation. The funds for the realization of the INNcentive project have been provided by the Rolf-Maciejewski Foundation.
The INNcentive project supports young scholars in the preparation and completion of their master or doctoral theses in the field of innovation research.


The INNcentive project aims at encouraging young innovation scholars in addressing unconventional research questions, collecting new data, compiling unique datasets and applying novel methodological approaches. Eligible for application are all officially enrolled master or doctoral students in business studies, economics and related disciplines with a thematic focus on empirical innovation research. The central criterion for awarding a scholarship is the excellence and creative potential of the research proposal. For further information please visit the INNcentive project web page or contact us via Email.


Flyer 2019


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Contact person: Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther

Network- and Output Measurement – Indicators for transformative technology fields - NEO-Indikatorik

Duration: 2018 to 2020

The aim of the project is to generate new indicators for the measurement of innovation and apply them exemplarily to the electric drive technology. The project will be carried out in cooperation with the Stifterverband – Wissenschaftsstatistik (Essen), the University of Applied Sciences Economics & Management (Essen) and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuerttemberg (ZSW). Responsible project coordinator at the University of Bremen is Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther.

Contact person: Katharina Friz