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Prof. Dr. Caroline Robertson-von Trotha

Founding Director of ZAK

Dr. Ralf Schneider
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FutureWork – Work in the transition to the 22nd century

Job scenarios of tomorrow: ZAK together with the European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment GmbH has started a future-oriented project with an extraordinary approach

The “Science Year 2018 – Working Life of the Future” revealed that future work environments will be structured completely different from what we are used to as of now. New Jobs, occupations and so far unimaginable applications of new technologies will be influencing deeply the labor distribution and organization as well as the social microstructure. The nearly three-year project FutureWork is part of the BMBF’s (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) program line „Zukunft der Arbeit“ and is supported by a funding amount of 620.000 Euro. The project will be addressing the foresight in order to reveal possibilities and the range of the working life of the future. Because no scientific long-term scenarios regarding the working life of the future are available, FutureWork will be combining established and unconventional sources of knowledge to be able to foresee the future work of the second half of the 21st century. A team consisting of human factors and ergonomics scientists, futurologists and experts of science fiction will be analyzing past studies and future predictions to develop new scenarios. During the course of the project first results will be discussed with social partners and scientists from other disciplines at scientific meetings.


As part of the public science the project FutureWork would like to integrate the public into the discourse from the beginning. Under the scientific convenorship of Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha a public conference, organized by the ZAK, alongside public science will give creative and visionary people, artists and experts from science communication the opportunity to publicly discuss the role of the work in the coming centuries.
The project group intends with the long-planned project FutureWork to unite technological and speculative perspectives with a scientifically justified view on possible future scenarios as well as to provoke discussions in research, economy and politics that support a planning of our working life of the future which is also reflected by our society.

Contact persons at the European Academy are Dr. Claudio Zettel (Claudio.Zettel∂ea-aw.de) and PD Dr. Oliver Pfirrmann (oliver.pfirrmann∂ea-aw.de) .

This research and development project is supported by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) and is supervised by the Projektträger Karlsruhe (PTKA).