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Summer Academy on „Innovation, Digitalization and Structural Change“​

July 18th till 30th 2021
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Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

The Graduate Programme 'The Economic Impact of Digital Transformation' and the Graduate College  'The Economics of Innovative Change' (GSBC-EIC) together with the PhD students of the Pofil line "Global Knowledge Transfer and translocal Paradoxies" at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, organize the 15th Summer Academy on „Innovation, Digitalization and Structural Change“. From July 18 till 30 we will welcome internal PhD students for two weeks of intense courswork, but also new inspiration.

The Summer School is integrated in the interdisciplinary environment of the Jena Schumpeter Center for Research on Socio-Economic Change. During the past editions, the Summer Academy has proved to be one of the most inspiring gathering worldwide for what concerns the novel fields of economic research related to innovation, entrepreneurship, economic evolution, and methodological approaches. Over the years, highly distinguished scholars provided the participants with outstanding lectures at the very frontier of scientific research.


The aim of the Summer Academy is to create an environment that brings senior researchers and PhD students closer together, supporting and promoting the start of new projects by organized group works, studies and unique collaborations. Therefore, it represents the best occasion for young researchers to experience a fascinating “guided tour” to high quality research.

In 2021, the Summer Academy will last for two weeks.

The opening lecture will be given by Prof. Holger Bonin on Sunday, July 18th.

Confirmed courses (so far) will be given by:

  • Dominique Foray (Chair of Economics & Management of Innovation at the EPFL in the Collège du Management de la Technologie)
  • Volker Gast (FSU Jena, Chair for Linguistics: Language and Communication at the Department of English and American Studies, FSU Jena)

GKdigital courses:

  • Christopher Gandrud (Head of Economics and Experimentation, Zalando SE)
  • Sebastian Krügel (TU Munich, TUM School of Governance, Research Group "The Ethics of Digitalization")
  • Andri Georgiadou ( Nottingham University Business School)
  • Elisa Hofmann (FSU Jena, IWK)

GK EIC courses

  • Holger Bonin (IZA)
  • Stephan Bruns (University of Göttingen)
  • Robert Gold (ifw Kiel)
  • Dirk Fornahl (FSU Jena)

courses "Global Knowledge transfer and translocal Paradoxies"

  • Luisa Conti (FSU Jena)
  • Alexander K. Nagel (University of Göttingen)
  • Patrick Heiser (Fern-Universität Hagen)
  • Johannes Wischmeyer (EKD)
  • Davide Secchi (University of Southern Denmark)
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