The main target of our work is to strengthen the performance and innovation capacity of the health and healthcare industry. Quality of life, employment and growth should to be increased by improved and new services and products. We contribute by analyzing social, technical and economic development trends and work out promising opportunities for innovation. In addition, we participate part in the development and testing of new solutions by supporting innovation partnerships and evaluating the results of innovation processes.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), active ageing constitutes “the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life” for people over 65. For example, community participation is a fundamental component of active ageing. There are more than a few people who feel cut off from society as they grow old after retirement, with little chance to contribute. For this reason and in order to tackle this feeling of marginalization felt not only by elder persons but also by their community who may have a misguided notion about ageing, there are opportunities that are being offered such as volunteering and sharing economy.
Technological, economic and social change is reconfiguring industries and markets: Challenges such climate change, the ageing of society, scarcity of resources, accelerating information and communication technologies that require new solutions.
A spatial perspective is the starting point for many ongoing projects at the Institute for Work and Technology. Functional and social spaces provide the analytical framework for the analysis of actor constellations, networks and clusters, as well as of spatial perceptions and cultures, which cannot be found in politically or administratively defined regions.
Innovation research at the IAT analyses innovations in distinct sectors and spatial contexts. Following a broad understanding of innovation, subject of research are social, organisation as well as technological innovations, which are frequently also integral part of all innovation processes.
Work and economic research deal with the question of whether and how working environments change in their structures, processes and relationships. This includes the impact of new technologies but also the interplay/interaction of qualification and organization of work.