Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB)
IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies on Innovation in East Asia,
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen
Innovation is a constant feature of our lives. And innovation is not just an issue of new engineering techniques and digital gadgets. Innovation is a social phenomenon. Societies and their cultural roots determine the incentives that trigger innovation efforts, give direction to these efforts and eventually govern the adoption (or rejection) of innovations in the social, political and economic realm. These cultural roots of innovation dynamics are at the heart of the different development trajectories we observe all over the world, and the different socio-political “equilibria” existing on the global map.
A region that has shown exceptional dynamics and innovative strength in recent years and decades is East Asia. Societes in China, Japan and (South) Korea have not only facilitated truly disruptive innovations in a multitude of technology fields, but also in the social and political realms. How can we understand what is happening in East Asia and is there something we can learn for our own societies?
In this symposium, electromobility and urban systems (physical space, sustainable urban development, social consequences) will be examined to better understand how innovation processes are embedded in East-Asian societies. In addition to the technical perspective, the symposium will investigate the social dimension of innovation processes in order to identify the characteristics of national innovation systems.
Discussions will cover not only the similarities and differences between East Asian societies, but also European societies and other countries in an international comparison. Another focus is the study of transnational phenomena, i.e., the question of how innovations, institutions and ideas overcome national boundaries (institutional transfers).
The conference is based on research of the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies on Innovation in East Asia at the University of Duisburg-Essen funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The symposium will be held in English.
Please register by 2 May 2019!
Link to the Registration Sheet (pdf)
Link to the conference website of Japan-German Center Berlin (jdzb)
Thursday, May 9, 2019
The Future of Mobility in Urban Areas
Tim SCHWANEN (Oxford University)
Chair: Shuanping DAI, University of Duisburg-Essen
- E-Mobility and Automated Driving: Perspectives from Engineering
Dieter SCHRAMM, University of Duisburg-Essen
- The E-Mobility Future in the Carsharing Systems in France and Japan
Yveline LECLER and Bruno FAIVRE D’ARCIER, University of Lyon
- E-Mobility in China
Mira SCHÜLLER, University of Duisburg-Essen
Panel: Smart City
Chair: Florian COULMAS, University of Duisburg-Essen
- Smart City Concepts in China, India and Germany
Jörg Rainer NOENNIG, HafenCity University Hamburg
- Cologne – Smart City in the Making: For an Integrated Approach Towards a Climate-Friendly and Liveable Cologne
Minh-Chau TRAN, Coordination Unit for Climate Protection, City of Cologne
- Understanding the Japanese Innovation System of Smart Cities: Knowledge, Actors, and Institutions
Masaru YARIME, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Roundtable: Mobility in the City of the Future
Chair: Jens Martin GURR, University of Duisburg-Essen
Bruno FAIVRE D’ARCIER
Jörg Rainer NOENNIG
Friday, May 10, 2019
Mobile Innovations: Actors, Institutions, Politics, and Space
Eugene McCANN, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
Panel: Urban Concepts in Global and Local Context
Chair: Axel KLEIN, University of Duisburg-Essen
- The Spread of the Garden City Concept in the Early 20th Century – and Implications for the Study of Travelling Concepts
Jens Martin GURR, University of Duisburg-Essen
- Reforming Urban Renewal and Learning from Abroad: An Assessment Based on the Case of Yangzhou (Jiangsu)
Giulia ROMANO, University of Duisburg-Essen
Panel: From West to East to West: New Production Concepts in the Automobile Industry
Chair: Helmut DEMES, University of Duisburg-Essen
- Development of Lean Production in Japan and Its Transfer to the US
Takahiro FUJIMOTO, University of Tokyo
- Lean Production in Germany
Ulrich JÜRGENS, Berlin Social Science Center
Roundtable: Institutional Learning
Chair: Markus TAUBE, University of Duisburg-Essen
Jens Martin GURR
Download of the detailed Program Booklet including Abstracts and CVs