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On 22 November 2019, Michael Fritsch, Michael Wyrwich and Maria Kristalova, Members of the TP 2 "The legacy of the GDR innovation system", will participate at the Long Night of the Science, organized by the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. They will present results of the project "MOD-Block DDR" to the general public.


All guests are welcome to visit!

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 of the New Länder 30 years after German re-unification.

The hearing also focused in particular on the future design 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.

The Expert Commission for Research and Innovation is a panel of experts appointed by the Federal Government and made up of six professors working in the field of innovation economics. Once a year, the EFI submits its report on the analysis and evaluation of the German innovation system, including innovation policy recommendations, to the Federal Government. The EFI office and scientific staff are located in Berlin.

Jutta Günther and Ann Hipp offer the seminar "How a socialist economy transforms into a market system - the example of East Germany" in the winter semester 2019/2020 for master students in the faculty of economics at the University of Bremen.

The seminar provides basics of transformation economics. In addition, it accentuates the question of what effects the lack of modernisation investments in the GDR has had on the East German economy to this day.

Further information can be found here...


Interview by Gabor Steingart in "Morning Briefing" (Podcast)

The Bremen economist Michael Rochlitz recently published a book together with Alexander Libman from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich in which the two scientists compare the economic development processes and the reform efforts of Russia and China. The book deals primarily with the question of how the two authoritarian countries create incentive structures for economic growth in their peripheral regions.

In this interview, former editor-in-chief and publisher of the Handelsblatt Gabor Steingart asks the Bremen economist questions about the economic conflict between Russia and China.


Listen to the interview [in German]...

Picture of team Mod-Block-DDR on conference "Surviving during dictatorship". From left to right: Dr. Falk Flade, Prof. Dr. Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast, Jarina Kühn, Konrad Walerski, Dr. Anna Steinkamp
From left to right: Dr. Falk Flade, Prof. Dr. Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast, Jarina Kühn, Konrad Walerski, Dr. Anna Steinkamp
On 20 June 2019, the public kick-off conference of one of the 14 BMBF-funded projects on the topic of "GDR research" took place. Under the title "ÜberLeben in der Diktatur" ("Surviving in the Dictatorship"), scientists from various disciplines presented research projects in the fields of repression, legitimation, coping and perspectives at the Europa Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder).

The kick-off conference was also attended by scientists from the Mod-Block-DDR consortium project Jarina Kühn (Bremen), Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast, Anna Steinkamp, Falk Flade, Konrad Walerski (Frankfurt (Oder)) to promote exchange and scientific cooperation between the collaborative projects.

The headquarters of the large German concerns are in the West, the production facilities mostly in the East. In his contribution "Verlängerte Werkbank Ostdeutschland", ZDF journalist Andreas Postel examines how the East German economy is mastering the new era.

To the contribution [in German]...

Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

in cooperation with Dr. Ewa Bagłajewska (Language Center, EUV)

on the ocassion of the EACES Workshops "The Rise of State Capitalism" as part of the XX. April Conference on Economic and Social Development, Higher School of Economics Moscow on April 11th, 2019, (EACES = European Association for Comparative Economic Studies)


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