Helmholtz Funding for Knowledge Transfer

With this funding measure, the Helmholtz Association aims to promote the transfer of knowledge with defined target groups in society. We are looking for innovative knowledge transfer projects that bring value to society.

Our mission is to facilitate premium research that contributes to solutions for today's pressing questions and problems. To this end, the scientific findings that emerge from the Helmholtz Centers must reach the right target groups in society and enable them to make informed decisions based on science. This creates a close dialog with the most diverse stakeholders from politics, administration, business, civil society, education, and media. It ultimately transforms the findings from science and research into the basis for progress and decisions for the future.

Projects funded so far:

A major challenge for society in many areas is the energy transition and thus the transformation of existing energy systems. The intensive development of renewable energy sources, their storage, the connection of energy networks (heat, electricity, gas) in a decentralized architecture, and equipping them with suitable information technology are key tasks that can ultimately only be accomplished when working together with many stakeholders in society. The "Energy Transformation in Dialog" project by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) aims to communicate with different target groups about the transformation of the energy system in Germany using various formats. Citizens are taught essential basic knowledge through instructional videos, workshops, citizen forums, and informational tours at KIT. Further measures such as transdisciplinary seminars and real-world experiments are more specifically aimed at students, innovators, and “early adopters”. Dialog is an essential element of the project: The initiators not only want to impart knowledge, but also to engage in dialog with societal stakeholders in order to work together to promote transformation and bring open questions back into research. The Karlsruhe Transformation Center (KAT) will be established to continue the project. Starting in 2020, the independent KAT institution will provide the infrastructure and expertise for conducting knowledge dialogs, further training, consulting, research, teaching, and innovation for sustainability transformation.



Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis

Dr. Oliver Parodi

Phone: +49 721 608 26816

Email: oliver.parodi(at)kit.edu


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    • Dr. Uli Rockenbauch
    • Executive Assistant to the Managing Director
      Helmholtz Association