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About us

The Sozial­forschungs­stelle Dort­mund (sfs) is one of the long-established German re­search institutes in the field of social science labour re­search. Founded in 1946, the former state institute became a central scientific institution of the Technical Uni­ver­sity of Dort­mund in 2007. Since April 2020, the Social Research Centre has been a scientific institution of the new Faculty of Social Sciences. The overarching guiding theme of the sfs' re­search work is social science innovation re­search. It examines how social innovations arise and how they relate to technological innovations. Another focus is on the question of the conditions and perspectives for realising economically, ecologically and socially sustainable development. The sfs is involved in shaping social, technological and ecological processes of change and innovation.

Since its foundation, the In­sti­tute has worked on several hundred re­search projects with various funding agencies (national funding agencies and the EU), mostly collaborative projects with several partners from academia and practice.

The Social Research Centre is divided into re­search areas. The central bodies of the In­sti­tute are the Executive Board, the Management and the Scientific Advisory Board.

Impressions of the sfs and the location at the Minister Stein colliery

Location & approach

Exit 13 (Kreuz Dort­mund Nord-Ost), direction Derne/Schwerte (B236), 1st exit direction Dort­mund-Eving, next traffic lights turn right (Kemminghauser Str.), after 2.7km turn left (Evinger Str./B 54), after 1.1km traffic lights turn left (Deut­sche Straße), after 500m on the left is the Evinger Platz.

From the Bundesstraße 1 (extension A40 or A44) to the intersection B1/B236 direction Lünen, 3rd exit direction Dort­mund-Eving.

Exit Dort­mund Hafen, turn left until the intersection Münsterstraße (B54), direction Eving, after about three kilometers turn into Deut­sche Straße.

You can download an enlarged general map here

From Dort­mund Airport, it takes just about 20 minutes to get to Dort­mund Central Station by AirportExpress and from there to the uni­ver­si­ty by subway (U-Bahn) 41. The stop is "Zeche Minister Stein". A wider range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station. From there, you can get directly to Dort­mund Central Station.

From Dort­mund Central Station, take the U 41 light rail (direction Brambauer / Brechten). The stop is "Zeche Minister Stein". The Minister Stein Center is located on the right in the direction of travel of the streetcar.

You can find an overview map here.