Institutions
 Centre for Social Innovation
Institution:
Centre for Social Innovation

Address:
Linke Wienzeile 246
1150 Vienna

Country:
Austria

Telephone:
0043 1 495 04 42 0
Website:

Timezone:
UTC +01:00
Description:
Our Vision

The Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI) is a self-contained, politically independent scientific institution,
asserting leadership in Europe to advance social innovation and foster an overt and solidly united society.
T
he mission

The ZSI applies socio-scientific research, education, advisory and networking services to reduce the gap
between social needs and potentials of the knowledge based information society. By connecting its
scientific basis with practical applications the ZSI provides an interface across scientific disciplines and
sectors (trans-disciplinarity).
Work in transdisciplinary projects is geared towards policies concerning research, technological and social
development, innovation processes, and four particular socio-economic objectives, namely to:
· Support a socially, ecologically and economically sustainable development of the Information Society
· Facilitate social, cultural and economic integration in Europe
· Participate in the preparation and implementation of the European Research Area (ERA)
· Develop infrastructures, effectiveness and internationalisation of the social sciences
Areas
of
activity

Social innovation denotes new ways to meet social challenges. It comprises improvements compared to
non-existent or previous solutions. Social innovations occur either due to new (at least: changed) rules, or
because of a modified composition of participants (and their roles respectively). Sectors concerned include
public administration, political bodies, legislation, private enterprises, social partners, and civil society.
Services provided and the multi-functionality of the ZSI, indicated by key-words:
· Research  basic and applied research; research policies; research infrastructures; benchmarking of
research organisations; research funding; advancement of science in society
· Education  academic and vocational teaching and training; supporting technology enhanced learning;
promotion of learning in cross-cultural, self-directed, and social networking modes
· Policy Advice  evaluation of research projects and programmes, monitoring socio-technical systems,
advisory services regarding innovation, technology, e-Society, and other social issues
· Network co-ordination  formation and maintenance of communication bridging diverse knowledge
bases; governance and improvement of co-operative processes, particularly in the labour market
T
he organisation

ZSI is a not-for-profit research institute, established 1990 as a private association under Austrian law. Work
is organised and financed project by project, resulting from participation in competitive Calls for Proposals
and Calls for Tender published by public authorities on national, European and international levels. Since
the beginning, the ZSI is a strong and well received partner in steadily expanding international networks.
Scientific expertise of the 40+ employees encompass labour market, governance and partnerships,
migration research, technology enhanced learning and other IT applications, European Research and
Technology Development (RTD), knowledge economics, technology assessment and impact analysis.
The board of the ZSI, responsible for management and strategic development consists of five members:
· Scientific Manager: Josef Hochgerner, hochgerner@zsi.at
· Business Manager: Klaus Schuch, schuch@zsi.at
· Head of the Department “Research Policies and Development”: Elke Dall, dall@zsi.at
· Head of the Department “Technology and Knowledge”: Barbara Kieslinger, kieslinger@zsi.at
· Head of the Department “Work and Equal Opportunities”: Anette Scoppetta, scoppetta@zsi.at

 
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