Presentations, Hearings, Panel discussions and Exhibitions


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Susanna Bolz, Jessica Birkholz (v.l.n.r)

Participation in international Hydrogen Expo

The Chair of Economics of Innovation and Structural Change, represented by Susanna Bolz and Jessica Birkholz, participated in the Hydrogen Technology Expo Europe ( at Messe Bremen on October 19th 20th, 2022. Companies and research institutions from the hydrogen value chain were represented at the exhibition.

Together with the working groups Resilient Energy Systems ( and International Management and Governance (, a survey was conducted on factors influencing the use of hydrogen in companies.

Interested visitors were also able to find out more about the hyBit project. Discussions focused on advanced hydrogen technologies as well as challenges and opportunities in building a hydrogen economy in Bremen and the surrounding area.

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Philip Kerner and Jessica Birkholz present at the Bremen Chamber of Commerce

On October 12, 2022, the event “Hydrogen - Basics for Business” took place at the Bremen Chamber of Commerce. Philip Kerner and Jessica Birkholz presented an overview of hydrogen technologies and open innovation economic questions in building a hydrogen economy.

The event was organized by the Bremen Chamber of Commerce in order to present to companies what makes a hydrogen economy an important topic and what technical and economic developments and perspectives there are in this regard. In addition to Philip Kerner and Jessica Birkholz, Karsten Schmitt from the Bremen Hydrogen Economy Office, as well as Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Schories from ttz Bremerhaven gave presentations. Current projects and initiatives in connection with the research and application of hydrogen technologies in the state of Bremen were reported on and open questions of the economic transformation towards a hydrogen economy were discussed with entrepreneurs and scientists.


Susanna Bolz and Julian Thiele: Exhibition at the "Hydrogen Technology Expo Europe"

On October 20th and 21th, 2021, the Chair of Economics of Innovation and Structural Change exhibited at the Hydrogen Technology Expo Europe ( at Messe Bremen. Other exhibitors included companies and research institutes covering the hydrogen value change.

Susanna Bolz, Tobias Wendler und Julian Thiele together with the working group “Resilient Energy Systems” ( presented their hydrogen projects H2B ( and hyTracks (

Visitors could inform themselves about the projects, discuss hydrogen topics and participate in a survey regarding chances of a hydrogen economy. The focus was on current hydrogen technologies as well as challenges and opportunities of developing a hydrogen economy in Bremen and the surrounding region.

On the second day of the exhibition there was a meeting with a delegation from the region of Wielkopolska in Poland, where a hydrogen economy shall be established ( Economic and political delegates from the region gathered information about experiences from Bremen. Furthermore, the differing regional perspectives as well as possibilites of further cooperation were explored.

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Successfully held event: "Dance with the volcano - the East German shipyards and the Bremen Vulkan Company"

The shipbuilding expert and former Bremen State Councilor of the Department of Economics and Ports spoke to more than 70 participants at the lecture event "Dance with the volcano - the East German shipyards and the Bremen volcano" on January 28, 2021. Previously, the Weser Kurier reported: Bremer Vulkan - "Money has been enough".

It is a story that is still controversial today: The Bremen ship building company “Vulkan” participated prominently in the privatization process in East Germany with the support of EU funds. The then CEO Friedrich Hennemann was thus able to realize his vision of a large maritime group. In addition to the GDR shipyards in Wismar, Rostock and Stralsund, several West German companies were also on the shopping list. The Bremen Vulkan went bankrupt in 1996, 25 years ago, causing a drastic structural crisis for the regions affected. Many disappointed people stood outside the shipyard gates in both East and West. Committees of inquiry at the federal and state levels dealt with the Vulkan case.  The legal disputes ended with a settlement in 2010. The structural economic challenges persist.

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Jutta Günther on the expert hearing in the Deputation for Economic Affairs and Labor

On January 13, 2021, the Deputation for Economic Affairs and Labor met for a special session "Expert Hearing on Coping with the Economic Consequences of the Corona Crisis in Bremen".

In her opening speech, Jutta Günther presented results from the study "Structural upheaval caused by COVID-19: Implications for innovation policy in the state of Bremen", which she published with Jan Wedemeier and a number of other authors in November 2020, and drew conclusions for shaping economic and innovation policy in Bremen. Afterwards, representatives from the business community in Bremen and Bremerhaven contributed input statements about current practical experiences, new business models, innovations as well as best-practice examples from recent months. The two-hour session was chaired by the chairman of the deputation, Christoph Weiß.

The Weser Kurier reports here




Jutta Günther as a guest at the VDI Technology Center's "Wake-up Call"

On December 8, Jutta Günther, an innovation economist and expert on innovation policy, participated in the early morning hours in the "Wake-up Call", an innovative online event format of the VDI Technology Center Berlin.


Jutta Günther: Lecture in the House of Science in Bremen

On November 7, 2020, Jutta Günther gave a lecture at the House of Science in Bremen to present research results from the joint project Mod-Block-GDR to interested citizens. Due to the pandemic situation, the lecture was recorded and is available to all interested parties:

Jutta Günther: Panelist at i2b meet-up

On September 22, 2020, Jutta Günther took part in the i2b meet-up as a podium guest. The event was entitled "Ways into the future - Creating new perspectives together through creativity and innovation" and was held in the ÖVB-Arena in Bremen. At the same time the event was broadcasted in the livestream. The i2b meet-up was organized by the Bremen Economic Development Corporation.

Other guests were Dr. Ute Buggeln (Managing Director of IG Metall Bremen), Rainer Frerich-Sagurna (Chairman of the Board of the Food and Beverage Industry in the State of Bremen e. V.), Dr. Torsten Köhne (Chairman of the Board of swb AG), Imke Langhorst (Head of Airbus in Bremen) and Christoph Ranze (Managing Director of Encoway GmbH). Christian Schwalb (Radio Bremen) was the moderator.

Click here for the complete i2b livestream recording "Ways into the future - Creating new perspectives together through creativity and innovation"


Jutta Günther: "Science Communication"

On December 12, 2019, Jutta Günther gave a keynote speech on "Science Communication" as part of a workshop at the event "The GDR - Perspectives on Its Exploration 30 Years After the Peaceful Revolution" in Leipzig, organized by the BMBF. The event brought together all the collaborative projects supported by the "GDR Research" funding line and served to promote scientific and transfer-oriented exchange.

Muhamed Kudic: "VISIBLE 2.0 - Virtual Simulation Lab for Investment in Knowledge and Education"

On 18.11.2019 Muhamed Kudic presented the results of the research project "VISIBLE 2.0" at the Dieter Schwarz Foundation together with Jessica Birkholz (University of Bremen) and his cooperation partners of the University of Hohnenheim (Andreas Pyka and Matthias Müller). In the project, the effects of investments in knowledge and learning processes were analysed in a virtual environment with a view to start-ups, established companies and regions. The project was funded for two years (2018-2019) by the Dieter Schwarz Foundation.


Jutta Günther: Panel Discussion on the Future of Economics

On November 11, 2019, an event was organized by the working group "Sustainable Management" of the Faculty of Business Studies and Economics, which focused on the book "This is not Economy" written by Christian Felber. After an introduction by the author, a panel discussion took place with the participation of a large audience. Jutta Günther discussed the future of economics in research and teaching with the panel participants and the audience.

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Muhamed Kudic: "Network and Output Measurement - Indicators for Transformative Technology Fields"

On 10 October 2019, a conference was held at the newly opened FUTURIUM in Berlin's government district to present the indicator projects funded by the BMBF. The event, which was attended by numerous guests, served to discuss forward-looking data and indicator projects for innovation research and policy. Muhamed Kudic presented the findings of the BMBF-funded project "Neo-Indicatorik". The central task of the project is to trace the analysis unit "company" over time along all structural events (e.g. takeover, split-up, bankruptcy) and to add further company information such as turnover, employees, sector, patents, location, etc. In this way, the "life stories" of the companies so far documented only statically are reconstructed. The method is applied in the context of the Neo-Indicatorik project using the example of German electromobility and can in future be applied to other sectors, fields of technology or entire countries.

Jutta Günther: Hearing at the Commission of Experts on Research and Innovation (EFI) in Berlin

On 9 October 2019, in preparation for its next annual report (2020), the Expert Commission on Research and Innovation conducted a hearing of experts on the East German innovation system and the technological performance in the New Länder. They also discussed the future shape of funding at the interface of innovation, regional and structural policy. In addition to representatives of the federal ministries (BMWi and BMBF), Jutta Günther was invited as a scientific member of the expert panel.

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Jutta Günther and Martin Jänicke: „Governance of innovation processes“

On the occasion of the ITAFORUM 2019 of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Berlin on the 15th of february 2019 Jutta Günther and Martin Jänicke held a presentation entitled „Governance of innovation processes“ and participated in a panel discussion of the same name.


Jarina Kühn: "Lebenslanges Lernen bei fortschreitender Technologisierung – Bedeutung wachsender Qualifizierungsanforderungen für ältere Beschäftigte“

On the 19th of february Jarina Kühn held a presentation in the Mercedes Benz factory in Bremen about the perception of training processes from the point of view of older employees. On this date Jarina Kühn presented the results of her very successfully completed master thesis to the employees of the factory. 


Jutta Günther: "Economic Policy Advice"

On 05 and 06 September 2019 the first Summer School of the Network for Education and Counselling (NÖBB) for Policy Advice took place at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. During the Summer School, Jutta Günther spoke about the actors, committees and structures of economic policy advice in Germany and presented practical examples of economic policy advice.

Further information can be found here. 


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Jutta Günther: „Regional innovation disparities in Germany and its implications for innovation policy“

On the ocasion of the Symposium on the subject „Das Produktivitätsparadox aus innovationsökonomischer Perspektive – Diagnose, Ursachen und Therapieansätze“ in Berlin on the 30th of january 2018 Jutta Günther held a presentation entitled „Regional innovation disparities in Germany and its implications for innovation policy“.

For more information click here.

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Björn Jindra: „Innovation in Schwellenländern -Analyse von Innovationsprozessen in Schwellenländern unter Einbeziehung einer Folgenabschätzung für traditionelle Innovationsstandorte in Deutschland und Europa“

On the occasion of the meeting „ITA Learning Lunch: Globale Innovationspfade“ at the Federal Ministry for Education and Research in Berlin on the 28th of september 2018 Björn Jindra held a presentation entitled „Innovation in Schwellenländern -Analyse von Innovationsprozessen in Schwellenländern unter Einbeziehung einer Folgenabschätzung für traditionelle Innovationsstandorte in Deutschland und Europa“

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Björn Jindra: Invitation as an expert on questions of measuring international research and innovation processes

On 27 November 2018 Björn Jindra accepted an invitation to participate in the expert workshop "Europe in the global network of knowledge-intensive foreign investments and trade". Based on his current research work, he presented various possibilities for measuring global research and innovation. The topic of the expert workshop is entrusted to the European Commission, Directorate-General "Research and Innovation", which is continuously developing the instruments for measuring global knowledge generation. The expert workshop was organised by the Joint Research Centre Ispra and took place in Rome.


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Jutta Günther: Participant in a panel discussion on the social and economic consequences of a Biology 2.0

Following the movie premiere "Biology 2.0 - When Biology Becomes Synthetic" in Bremen on the 2nd of november 2017 Jutta Günther participated in a panel discussion on the social and economic consequences of a Biology 2.0. The event was organized by the Keller & Stoll Foundation Bremen in the cinema "Schauburg" and moderated by the former rector of the University of Bremen, Wilfried Müller. 


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Björn Jindra: “Innovations in emerging countries”

On the occasion of the ITAFORUM 2017 of the Federal Ministry of Eduation and Research in Berlin on 05th of october 2017 Björn Jindra held a presentation entitled “Innovations in emerging countries”. In it, he presented empirical findings based on patent data on the technological performance of emerging economies within the BRICS group 

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Jutta Günther: “How to evaluate science – Experiences from the Leibniz Association”

On the occasion of the workshop “Eval-Science” at the National Aademy of Siences of Ukraine in Kiev on the 06th of december 2017 Jutta Günther held an presentation entitled “How to evaluate science – Experiences from the Leibniz Association”.

For more information click here.



Jutta Günther: "Corporate Innovation and Innovation Policy"

Presentation at the Bank of Georgia University in Tbilisi/Georgien on the 03rd of october 2016 entitled "Corporate Innovation and Innovation Policy".


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Jutta Günther: „Gemeinsam statt einsam: Innovationskooperationen in Ost- und Westdeutschland“

Jutta Günther gave a lecture on the occasion of the anniversary "25 Years Project Management Jülich in Berlin" on 18 November 2015 entitled "Together instead of alone: Innovation cooperation in East and West Germany". The lecture was at the same time the ceremonial speech in front of more than 360 guests from politics, economy and science.

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Jutta Günther: "Innovations in East and West Germany"

Presentation at the "Haus der Wissenschaft Bremen/unifreunde e.V." on the 16th of april 2015 entitled "Innovations in East and West Germany".