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Antonius Johannes Schröder


Social Research Centre Dortmund (sfs)

Evinger Platz 17, Room 90


Tel.: +49 231 755 90283

Fax: +49 231 755 90205


Research Associate
Innovation and education in the digital society

Focus of work

Social Innovation: Combining technological and social innovation, workplace innovation
Lifelong Learning / Vocational Education and Training: Digital and Green Skills, New Qualifications (Industry 4.0 and Work/Qualification 4.0)
Industry 5.0

  • Since 2002: Member of the sfs Executive Board - European / International Research
  • 1996–2009: Coordinator of Research Area 5 "European Labor Policy" and internal coordinator of European research at the Social Research Center
  • Since 1994: Research Associate at the Social Research Center Dortmund
  • 1984–1993: Scientific employee and (since June 1989) assistant to the board of the Research Center for Empirical Social Economics (Prof. Dr. G. Schmölders) e.V., Cologne
  • 1983–1984: Freelancer for the AgaS (Association for Applied Social Research) in Munich, the awos (Association for Housing, Urban Planning and Regional Planning) in Bochum, and the Research Center for Empirical Social Economics (Prof. Dr. G. Schmölders) e.V. in Cologne
  • 1977–1984: Studies in Social Sciences at Ruhr University Bochum

Over 20 EU-funded projects, currently as of 2014


SPIRE-SAIS: Skills Alliance for Industrial Symbiosis (SAIS) – A Cross-sectoral Blueprint for a Sustainable Process Industry (SPIRE)

ESSA – Blueprint “New Skills Agenda Steel”:  Industry-driven sustainable European Steel Skills Agenda and Strategy, European Commission ERASMUS+ | Coordinator

BEYOND 4.0 – Inclusive Futures for Europe BEYOND the Impacts of Industry 4.0 and Digital Disruption | Partner

COCOP – Coordinating Optimisation of Complex Industrial Processes, European Commission Horizon 2020 SPIRE | Partner

ROBOHARSH – Robotic workstation in harsh environmental conditions to improve safety in the steel industry, European Commission – Research Fund Coal and Steel (RFCS) | Partner

SIC – Social Innovation Community, European Commission Horizon 2020 | Partner

SI-DRIVE – Social Innovation: Driving Force of Social Change, European Commission 7th Framework Programme | Coordinator

CASI – Public Participation in Developing a Common Framework for Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation. European Commission, DG TAXUD) | Partner



Combining Industry 4.0 with Qualification 4.0: Sectoral Skills Alliances and Strategies, WERA, WERA 2021 Virtual Focal Meeting “Networking Education”, online, 08.07.2021


Future Skills in the Digital Transformation, University of the Basque Country, Summer School 2021: Transforming workplaces through digitalisation, online, 55, 04.06.2021


Sektorale Allianzen in Europa zur proaktiven Anpassung des Qualifikationsbedarfs [Proactive adaptation of skills needs through sectoral alliances in Europe], BDS, 21st conference for applied social sciences. Social innovation in and by organisations, online, Ca. 35, 12.06.2021


ESSA: Skills and Jobs in the Future-Proven Steel Industry, Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee Steel, SSDC Steel Meeting, Online, Ca. 30, 07.06.2021


European Steel Skills Alliance ESSA: Skills and Jobs in the Future-Proven Steel Industry, OS KOVO, International Meeting of Steel Industry Trade Union Representatives from Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, online, 15, 18.06.2021


Industry 5.0: The Triple Transition Digital, Green, and Social, Society and Materials, Society and Materials SAM15, online, 54, 10.05.2021


Combining Technological and Social Innovation, Vologda Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Science / European School of Social Innovation, Contemporary Social Challenges, online, 32, 18.05.2021


ESSA Midterm Conference: Skills and Jobs in the Future-Proven Steel Industry, International Conference, Virtuell (Zoom), Ca. 160, Steel Industry, Training Providers, Associations, Unions, Universities, VET system organisations, etc., 27/28.05. 2021


A Perspective on Europe and the Economy: European Sectoral Skills Agenda, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA): Skills for a modern and digital working environment, online, 125, public administration, 25.02.2021


Social and Non-technological Innovation, A.SPIRE, Processes for Planet – SPIRE Infoday, online, more than 200 SPIRE members, energy intensive industries, 08.02.2021




Co-Creation: Combining Technological and Social Innovation. COCOP and FUDIPO Final Workshop. Tampere University. Online, 11.03.2020


European Steel Skills Agenda (ESSA) and SPIRE-SAIS: Skills Alliance for Industrial Symbiosis. Final Conference Steel Sector Careers – More opportunities than you can imagine. Steel Sector Careers Project. Online, 15.05.2020


Digitalisation Depends on People: The European Steel Skills Agenda ESSA. Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning. European Steel Technology Platform ESTEP. Online, 15.10.2020


Blueprint Skills for Steel (ESSA) and Blueprint Skills for de-carbonising energy-intensive industries SPIRE-SAIS. Circular Economy Stakeholder Community CESC: Parallel session – Education, learning and skills for the Circular Economy. European Commission. Online, 03.11.2020


Soziale Innovationen im Kontext digitaler Transformationen [Social innovations in the context of digital transformations]. Competence network wisnet e.V. Online, 19.11.2020


Erneuerung und Wachstum der Stahlindustrie. Industrie 4.0 braucht Arbeit 4.0 [Renewal and growth of the steel industry. Industry 4.0 needs work 4.0]. INQA Webinar. INQA Initiative New Quality of Labour. Online, 15.12.2020


Ein Blick auf Europa und die Wirtschaft: European Sectoral Skills Agenda [A glance at Europe and its economy: European Sectoral Skills Agenda]. Webinar: Competences for a modern and digital world of work. European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA). Online, 10.12.2020


European Skills Agenda and Alliance ESSA. steelTalks #20. Steeluniversity. Online, 16.12.2020


Skills Alliance for Industrial Symbiosis SPIRE-SAIS. Sixth Skillman International Forum SIF 2020. Skillman. Online, 10.12.2020


Citizen Engagement and Social Innovation. EU Citizen Engagement. European Commission. Online, 10.12.2020




Socio-Digital Transformation: Combining Industry 4.0 with Qualification 4.0. Society and Material SAM 13. Scuola Superiore Sant´ Anna. Pisa, Italy, 21.06.2019


The Role of Social Innovation in the Digital Transition of Industry: Industry 4.0 as Socio-Digital Transformation. UNETO-VNI Study Tour. TU Dortmund – sfs. Dortmund, 15.05.2019


European School of Social Innovation at a Glance. XX. Conference for applied social science. Living and doing business sustainably. Shaping social transformation through the management of social innovations. Association of German sociologists BDS. Munich, 25.05.2019


Social Innovation in Education. Scenario Workshop on the Future of Social Innovation in Education. EU DG Education and Culture. Brussels, 10.07.2019


Opening Session, Future of Innovation Policy in Times of Socio-Digital Transformation. 5th Global Research Conference on Social Innovation and Socio-Digital Transformation. ESSI – European School for Social Innovation. Dortmund, 28.10.2019


Combining Social Innovation and Technological Development: A Holistic Innovation Process. 5th Global Research Conference on Social Innovation and Socio-Digital Transformation – Session 1. ESSI – European School for Social Innovation. Dortmund, 28.10.2019


European Steel Skills Alliance ESSA. Annual meeting. Comité International d'Étude du Laminage à Froid du Feuillard d'Acier (CIELFFA). Brussels, 15.10.2019


SPIRE-SAIS: Skills Alliance for Industrial Symbiosis (SAIS) – A Cross-sectoral Blueprint for a Sustainable Process Industry (SPIRE). Annual meeting. Union des Industries Ferroviaires Européennes – UNIFE. Brussels, 21.10.2019


Human Resources and Future Skills in the European Steel Industry. Steelmaster 2019. CSM/RINA, ESTEP. Dalmine, Italy, 13.11.2019


Current and future needs in skills in ceramics. European Ceramic Days 2019. The European Ceramic Industry Association Cerame-Unie. Brussels, 21.11.2019


European Steel Skills Alliance SPIRE-SAIS. Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee Steel. Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee Steel. Brussels, 02.12.2019


Relevance of non-technological topics. SPIRE Stakeholder Workshop: Strategic SPIRE 2050 Roadmap in the European Context. SPIRE. Brussels, 03.12.2019


Schröder, Antonius; Kohlgrüber, Michael:

The Skills Debate in the Digital Age: Industry 4.0 needs Skills/Qualification 4.0. Beyond 4.0 Summer School 2019: Work and Welfare in the Digital Age: what we know and what more we need to know. Synergiak / European School of Social Innovation. San Sebastian, Spain, 03. – 05.06 2019

Managing Director of the European School of Social Innovation (ESSI)

Chairman of the Focus Group People within the European Steel Technology Platform ESTEP

Leader of the Permanent Working Group “Societal Innovation” of the Advisory and Programming Group for Processes for Planet (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE))

Chair of the senate of the German Professional Association of Social Scientists (BDS)


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.