New Atlas on Demography with 101 good practice examples from working life

October 2013 - Germany's best ideas, concepts and solutions for dealing with the demographic change in working life are now bundled in a new format: the Demographic Atlas of Germany. To identify good practice examples in Germany, the RWTH Aachen University, supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Project Management Agency at DLR, initiated a contest titled "Land of Demographic Opportunities” (Land der demografischen Chancen). Enterprises, scientific institutions, networks and associations were asked to present their economically and socially relevant solutions in six categories. Contributions were assessed by a jury with representatives from science and industry as well as the social partners. The best submissions were rewarded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with a prize of 25,000 euros per category. Beside these six winners, 101 selected examples of overall 135 submissions were included in the "Demographic Atlas". The contributions comprise a wide spectrum of innovative technical concepts and approaches to support e.g. the mobility of the elderly. Further, successful models to develop discipline- and lifecycle-comprehensive competences and new models for employment cycles or multi-generation concepts at work concerning the demographic change are presented. The Demographic Atlas is currently presented in Germany within a national "roadshow ".

A limited number of the Atlas (only available in German) can be obtained from Stefan Schröder (Stefan.Schroeder@

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APRIL 2013
EUWIN network is upscaling workplace innovation across Europe


Improving organisational performance, innovation capacity and responsiveness to market changes while enhancing employee engagement and working life – workplace innovation can help to achieve these goals. Recognising its potential to enhance business competitiveness, the European Commission has made workplace innovation a priority and therefore established the European Workplace Innovation Network (EUWIN). The launch of the network took place on 10th of April 2013 in Brussels. EUWIN gathers expertise, shares knowledge and raises awareness. EUWIN will promote and resource the, sharing knowledge and practice through workshops, meetings and online communities. EUWIN is open to practitioners, social partners, policymakers, representatives of intermediary organisations and others with an interest in the workplace. Join this network, bring in your experience and learn from others!


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JUNE 2012
Workplace innovations as focus


Workplace innovations can respond to the challenges of European industries by combining better working conditions, better industry/factory organisation and ultimately increased productivity, in coordination with technological innovations. In order to define concrete ways to move this field forward at EU level, the European Commission (Directorate General Enterprise and Industry) and the Government of Flanders (Flanders Synergy) organised a workshop in Brussels on 30 May 2012. The meeting brought together 40-50 thought and practice leaders in workplace innovation from across Europe. 

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MARCH 2012
WORK-IN-NET Meeting takes place in Nuremberg

Several meetings from the German Programme as well as international projects are integrated within the conference "BALANCE - Multiconference on work design" to allow all participants to use the time as effective as possible.The whole programme for the BALANCE-conference on March 20 and 21, 2012 in Nuremburg (Germany)  is available here

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Transnational seminar”Social innovation for smart growth”

The Transnational Seminar ’Social innovation for smart growth. Can lessons be drawn from current programmes in the EU to enhance Innovative Work Organisation?’ attracted representatives from Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK, many of them being members of the WORKINNET community. . The seminar was held in Maastricht, the Netherlands on the 30th September and the 1st October 2010.
The aim of the seminar was to provide insight in European Policy on Work Organisation, the results and effectiveness of governmental programmes aimed at promoting Innovative Work Organisations in Europe and to learn from diverse approaches and explore interest in setting up a Community of Practice. The seminar was organised by the Dutch National Centre for Social Innovation (NCSI) and supported by the Dutch Ministry for Social Affairs and Employment.

In the online report you will find the presentations, short interviews with the speakers, photo impressions of the seminar and background materials such as research reports and EU country programmes.

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JULY 2010
Exploring the potential for workplace innovation

On 23rd June 2010 a Workshop was hosted by Robert Strauss and Sue Bird of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities to explore the potential contribution that workplace innovation and new forms of work organisation can make to the realisation of the Europe 2020 strategy. The Workshop was proposed by the WORKINNET consortium after its Berlin Declaration was published in the context of the Europe 2020 consultation. Representatives from DG Empl, Enterprise, Research and Sanco, took part in a lively discussion following the presentations six representatives from WORKINNET.

The proposition underpinning the workshop was that appropriate interventions led by public policy and social partners could significantly enhance the adoption of new forms of work organisation; this in turn would lead to measurable increases in productivity, innovation, job quality, employability, the distribution of appropriate skills, workplace health and other measures relevant to Europe 2020. Evidence from national programmes was presented to support this proposition. However it was also argued that support for workplace innovation is unevenly distributed across Europe, and that the EU should consider ways in which it can address the gap.

Documentation of the workshop (pdf)

APRIL 2010
Workshop of Policymakers and Experts from Netherlands, Flanders and North Rhine-Westphalia

Workshop of Policymakers and Experts from Netherlands, Flanders and North Rhine-Westphalia on social innovation, more and better jobs and competitiveness especially of SME held in Aken, North Rhine-Westphalia, March, 25th 2010

Through the cooperation within the ERA-Net project WORK-IN-NET the Netherlands Centre for Social Innovation NCSI got to know the North Rhine-Westphalian approach to promote employability, and in particular the scheme to support consulting projects in SME (Potentialberatung). To stimulate innovation of SME in the Netherlands NCSI has developed the concept of „Slimmer werken „(work smarter), and an advisory support tool similar to the North Rhine-Westphalia potential advice. NCSI expressed the interest to learn about the North Rhine-Westphalian one. As a result of this similarities G.I.B. and NCSI organized in co operation with „Regionalagentur Aachen” a workshop, attended by over 30 experts from the Netherlands, Flanders (Belgium) and North Rhine-Westphalia. The workshop was held on March 25th, 2010 at the Chamber of Commerce in Aachen.

The delegation's visit aims to discuss the programmatic and funding policies in the Netherlands, Flanders and North Rhine-Westphalia, in order to share experiences and to learn from each other. This was especially possible due to the fact that the respective programme managers from the Netherlands, Flanders and North Rhine-Westphalia and the multipliers involved in the implementation of the schemes were involved in the meeting.
In the morning the respective programme managers from North Rhine-Westphalia, the Netherlands and Flanders presented their programmes for SMEs and their employees. In the afternoon, a case study of a consulting project was presented from the different perspective of the local agency for application, from the perspective of a business consultant and from two representative of the company and intensively discussed. During the final dinner the reflection of the event and the appointment of further joint activities were.
The documentation includes the presentations of the workshop, the list of participants and a gallery.

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MARCH 2010
Berlin declaration and new activities as result of WORK-IN-NET conference

Changes in work, organisational patterns and human resource management practices may create substantially different conditions for the improvement of labour productivity and product quality, company flexibility and customer satisfaction, innovation capacity and competitiveness. Workplace research supports the development of new approaches and social innovation to promote sustainable work and work-oriented innovation in Europe. This is of particular relevance in times of crisis in order to prepare for the economic upturn, to increase competitiveness and to avoid social dumping. 

This is one of the conclusions which were highligthened in the "Berlin Declaration"  by the participants of the WORK-IN-NET conference on March 11 and 12 in Berlin. The conference aimed at setting new targets and initiatives in the field of work oriented innovation by implementing the results of WORK-IN-NET. The conference was organised by PT-DLR commissioned by the WORK-IN-NET Consortium. Around 70 programme managers, researchers and practitioners from the jointly funded projects as well as experts from the European Commission and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND) reflected the results of WORK-IN-NET and discussed emerging necessities for future research in work oriented innovation. Several activities are planned for the future, among them one project that takes up the idea of sharing the experience with R&D programmes on workplace research, a "learning forum" and the monitoring of the joint call projects.

The EU Coordination Action within the ERA NET scheme WORK-IN-NET (Labour and innovation: work-oriented innovations - a key to better employment, cohesion and competitiveness in a knowledge-intensive society) has focussed on these topics for the last five years by successfully exchanging, collecting, analysing and spreading innovations, thus paving the way for joint transnational initiatives, e.g. a pilot "joint call”.


A basic assumption for this is that sustainable work and innovation of the work organisation is not only an issue for the social partners. As it has high impact for innovation in general, it is an issue for universities and management sciences as well as for public research programmes. Work organisation and sustainable work is one of the grand societal challenges of our times considering developments in demography, ageing, migration and economic growth and its impact on the work-life balance and the welfare state.














Conference Programme (download, pdf)

Berlin Declaration (download, pdf)

Presentations (download, pdf):

- Kenneth Abrahamsson, FAS, Stockholm/Sweden

- Tuomo Alasoini, TEKES, Helsinki/Finland

- Gijs van Houten, EUROFOUND, Dublin/Ireland

- Zsuzsana König, European Commission, Brussels/Belgium

- Dietmar Reinert, NEW OSH ERA, DGUV, St. Augustin/Germany

- Christian Riese, Speaker of the Joint Call Projects, U Bochum/Germany

- Peter Totterdill, UKWON, Nottingham/United Kingdom

- Werner Wobbe, European Commission, Brussels/Belgium

- Fietje Vaas, NCSI, Rotterdam/Netherlands

- Claudio Zettel, Coordinator of WORK-IN-NET, Bonn

WORK-IN-NET joint call  and brokerage event

A first "Joint Call" titled "The Innovative Work Organisation: Creating organisational conditions in order to promote innovation, competitiveness and growth" was carried out successfully by the WORK-IN-NET network of ministries and funding agencies. With the participation of seven institutions from six countries (Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy,  Netherlands, Sweden) 16 projects were selected to receive funding and cooperate on European level for at least 18 month. All projects met in Stockholm on October 27, 2009 for a brokerage event. The researchers of the projects exchanged ideas for joint research activities, until December 2009 different cooperation agreements are envisaged. Pär Larsson from VINNOVA in Sweden, who coordinates the "joint call" activities within the WORK-IN-NET consortium, expects interesting results as the international broadening of national or regional approaches gives a new promising dimension to the projects on work oriented research. The coordinating institution  of WORK-IN-NET, PT-DLR in Germany, already invited to the next meeting of the projects that will happen in March 11-12, 2009 in Berlin.

The brokerage event in Stockholm was splitted up in plenary sessions, bilateral discussions and a poster exhibition. The event was embedded in a conference on sustainable work (see below) that was organized by Swedish institutions FAS and VINNOVA together with WORK-IN-NET.

More information: WORK-IN-NET joint call projects (download, 220 kb)

NEW OSH ERA discusses its future

Evaluation of experiences and results of the NEW OSH ERA project and discussion about the continuation of the network after the termination of EU funding were the main topics on the NEW OSH ERA Future Workshop of November 16, 2009 in Bilbao. The ten partner organizations and the Ad Hoc Advisory Panel agreed the continuation of the activities generated by the NEW OSH ERA during its existence. This was felt important because the activities support the achievement of the long-term objectives of the NEW OSH ERA. Those joint activities include initiation of a Forum on new and emerging risks at work and launching a joint call for research project proposals on a topic from the NEW OSH ERA priority list. European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) will continue the Forum on new and emerging risks at work together with the NEW OSH ERA partner organizations and OSH-related networks, such as European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety (ETPIS). On the basis of the discussions at the Future Workshop, an action plan for the future activities will be elaborated including partnership agreements.

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Sustainable work – a Challenge in Time of Economic Crises

During the Swedish EU presidency the important issue on the changing world of work and working conditions was taken up by the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS), the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova), and the Swedish ESF Council in collaboration with WORK-IN-NET and European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound). These institutions organized an exchange on European level among stakeholders from policy and administration, social partners, intermediate institutions, practitioners and science.  The conference titled ”Conference on Sustainable work – a Challenge in Time of Economic Crises”  put the spotlight on the post-Lisbon vision based on working life research as a force to promote sustainable work systems in Europe. This was recognised to be of particular relevance in times of crisis in order to prepare for the financial upturn and to avoid social dumping. 90 experts from 13 countries participated on this event that took place on October27-28, 2009 in Stockholm. 

“Working together to strengthen research in Europe”

More than 600 people attended the conference titled “Working together to strengthen research in Europe” that took place on October 21-23 in Brussels. José Manuel Silva Rodríguez, Director General, Directorate-General for Research (DG RTD) and Tobias Krantz, Minister for Higher Education and Research, Sweden, opened the conference by underlining the importance of the ERA-NET programme and the networking that happens within the ERA-NET projects. José Manuel Silva Rodríguez confirmed that this conference is part of the Ljubljana process and described the EC vision 2020: free circulation of researchers, knowledge and technology; strong science, well linked to society that addresses major societal challenges; close links between research, innovation and education to support European competitiveness.

This conference was the first major conference on the European Research Area (ERA) since the 2007 ERA Green Paper consultation and aimed at contributing to the development of key ERA policy initiatives dealing with researchers, joint programming, knowledge transfer, infrastructures and international cooperation. It also addressed issues such as open access, S&T specialisation, funding of research institutions, progress indicators, etc. as well as to discuss how to strengthen research and research policies in the medium to long-term. In keeping with the new partnership approach to EU research policy, the conference engaged a wide range of stakeholders - policy makers, industry, foundations, universities, other research institutions and researchers associations - in open, focused and action-orientated debate.

Parallel sessions focussed on accelerating or re-orientating ongoing work in the light of lessons learned and on identifying new issues for further development of the ERA policy agenda. One session was directly linked to WORK-IN-NET issues. During this session titled “Research careers: how to improve social security coverage and working conditions in a borderless research area?” it was discussed that the rising mobility of researchers causes a bundle of consequences with answers that still have to be developed.

Social security and supplementary pension rights, and employment and working conditions are two areas which, though complex, require action to ensure that more people choose research careers, and that those who do enjoy fair and attractive conditions and unhindered mobility. These rights and conditions represent two important themes of the "European Partnership for Researchers: better careers and more mobility". The EU Competition and Employment Councils will, in 2010, debate these areas, with the aim of overcoming barriers to the achievement of the Partnership.

The expected outcomes of the conference are: conclusions and recommendations for the further development of ERA policy Conference; proceedings including the presentations and conclusions of the sessions; Inputs for a European Commission report on ERA planned for 2010 and a deeper engagement of stakeholders in the efforts to realise ERA.

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“ERA-NET going further, going faster” – impressions of the European Commission

The ERA-NET scheme was launched, as a complete novelty, in 2002 under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6 2002-06). It was designed ‘to step up the cooperation and coordination of research activities carried out at national and regional level in the Member States and associated countries, through the networking of research programmes, including their mutual opening and the development of joint programmes’.

Under the title “ERA-NET going further, going faster”, the European Commission summarizes its impressions on this programmes.
As such, the Commission recognise the ERA-NETs as an important element in the drive towards the creation of the European Research Area (ERA), helping, in particular,to restructure the fabric of research in Europe. “ERA-NET proved to be an immediate success” says Robert-Jan Smits, Director of the department for the European Research Area at the European Commission, “culminating in 71 projects across many different fields of science and technology by the end of FP6.”

The achievements of the ERA-NET scheme are impressive: it led to 115 joint calls and 15 joint programmes involving more than EUR 1.1 billion in joint funding by the end of 2008, the joint call of WORK-IN-NET being one of them. The European Commission acknowledged also that the ERA-NET projects delivered a wealth of intangible results such as the establishment of new relationships and networks between funding organisations. The ERA-NET scheme manages to mobilise programme owners and managers to ‘think European’ and creates a new generation of programmes at the transnational level. It has proved to be a valuable mutual learning process – via the exchange of ideas, views and concepts, and the identification of good practices – that contributes to an overall improvement of the research system. The ERA-NET scheme not only fills a gap at the transnational level but it also provides another space for better communication and cooperation amongst research actors. Funding agencies and ministries learn to cooperate directly and to develop a strategic approach for participation in such initiatives. National actors use the ERA-NETs for the development of their own national strategies.

The brochure “ERA-NET going further, going faster” provides a snapshot of selected ERA-NET projects as well as an overview of the current status of implementation of the ERA-NET scheme under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 2007-13).

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MAY 2009
Out of economic recession for sustainable welfare: 'Irish and Finnish Tigers' strategic choices

The seminar “Out of economic recession for sustainable welfare: 'Irish and Finnish Tigers' strategic choices” took place on May 13 2009, in Dublin, Ireland at EURO-FOUND. The event was organised of EUROFOUND in collaboration with the Em-bassy of Finland in Ireland, the Finnish Work Environment Fund, and WORK-IN-NET.

The purpose of the seminar is to gain a better understanding of the national strategic policies selected to come out of present - and past - economic recessions and how to   build sustainable welfare policies. Comparisons between the 'Irish and Finnish tigers' strategic choices in the last twenty years will be made. Strategies include economic, social and working life solutions.

Looking at their past histories, there are good reasons to analyse similarities and dif-ferences between the two countries:

- What were the Irish and Finnish strategic choices in the early 1990s to recover from recession?
- What happened with the IT bubble and how economic strategies were changed?
What are the strategic choices in this ongoing global recession and what will the fu-ture bring?

Irish and Finnish representatives of the social partners as well as researchers and Irish-Finnish Business Club members discussed these questions together with ex-perts from EUROFOUND and WORK-IN-NET.

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APRIL 2009
Why is Learning from National Working Life Programmes not a Matter of Course?

“Why is Learning from National Working Life Programmes not a Matter of Course?” ques-tions Claudius Riegler, project coordinator at the Project Management Agency at DLR in Germany. Public policy programmes in the field of working life reforms may be needed, but they cannot do more than supplement the genuine dynamics of the working life. They can influence people’s perceptions of the problems and the work forms applied in organizing development. Power relations in private and public organizations, as results of business and societal trends, are obstacles to innovative and anthropocentric oriented reforms in working life. The more participative elements funded projects have been integrated, the more ro-bust are their outcomes. National programme structures have to strive for the establish-ment of persistent local-level development coalitions, and to support collaboration of all ac-tors concerned in development processes. International networking is possibly a learning facilitator.

The implementation of, and learning from, reform programmes from the 1970s to our time is analyzed, with a focus on personal experiences from research, project management and evaluation of Scandinavian and German programmes.

Claudius H. Riegler of PT DLR. International Journal of Action Research 4(1+2), 90-113 ISSN 1861-1303 (print), ISSN 1861-9916 (internet), © Rainer Hampp Verlag,

APRIL 2009
2nd Future Forum on Innovation

Increasing globalization and rapid technological progress mean that high-tech countries like Germany, Finland, Sweden and others are dependent on new ideas if it is to succeed in the face of international competition in the long term. In view of these structural changes in society and working environments, efforts must be made especially to continuously strengthen the companies’ potential for innovation on a broad scale. This was one conclusion made during the “2nd Future Forum on Innovation” that took place on the 2nd and 3rd of April 2009 in Berlin. To meet the challenges of the future and to strengthen research and development in Germany, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) granted additional budget funds of approximately 850 million euros in 2009. The German Federal Minister for Research and Education, Annette Schavan, said: “The Federal Government has therefore put the promotion of innovative strength in Germany at the top of the political agenda.” Especially the results from more than 100 research projects that are funded within the German programme “Working – learning – developing skills” and from European projects funded by WORK-IN-NET members were presented during the conference.

This conference brought mainly two communities together: the WORK-IN-NET network and the community of the German programme “Working – learning – developing skills – Potential for innovation in a modern working environment”. It systematically addressed vital issues in order to develop new practical solutions by means of research and development.

The Forum “Working worlds of tomorrow – research of today” was moderated by Dr. Werner Wobbe from the European Commission. This forum was designed as follow-up to the foresight workshop of WORK-IN-NET that took place in Stockholm 2008. Central questions discussed by scientists and stakeholders from policy where: how does the workplace of tomorrow looks like and what will be the requirements for people working within these environments?
Forum 10 titled “HR and organisational development concepts” was moderated by Tuomo Alasoini, TEKES/Finland. Within this forum, the question was taken up that globalization is not only a matter of CEOs but of everybody. Finnish and German institutions presented success stories that could be taken as an example for other institutions.

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APRIL 2009
ERA-NET coordinator meeting in Brussels

The European Commission, DG Research, realized the annual ERA-NET event 2009 as a follow-up on last years launching event for the NETWATCH system and the ERA-NET Learning Platform ( The event took place on the 31st March and 1st April in Brussels and targeted at ERA-NET co-ordinators, Member State representatives and Commission services involved in the ERA-NET scheme. 150 participants parictipated, on behalf of WORK-IN-NET, Claudio Zettel participated. During the meeting, the Commission informed about three main initiatives that will be build up together with the ERA-NETprojects:

- the NETWACH initiative (coordinated by the IPTS, contact: Hans-Günther Schwarz, IPTS and Wolfgang Wittke, DG RTD)
- the ERA-NET Learning Platform (contact: Jörg Niehoff, DG RTD) and
- the related support action ERA-LEARN (contact: Roland Brandenburg, FFG).

MARCH 2009
STV celebrates the 25th birthday on March 17

On Tuesday 17th march 2009, the STV -Innovatie & Arbeid - completed 25 years of work and projects. This event was celebrated with a conference on “Innovative work in Europe”. The conference took place in Leuven (Louvain) at the Provinciehuis (House of the Provincial Council).

The conference programme focussed on how the concepts of ‘innovative work’ or ‘social innovation on the workplace’ are realised in research programmes in Europe: UKWON, NCPP, TYKES and the German national programme were presented as well as the WORK-IN-NET experience.

STV has an outstanding experience in work organisation programmes in Europe and is an associated partner to WORK-IN-NET.

More information can be obtained by Paul Berckmans ( ).

Finland New Managing Director at the Finnish Work Environment Fund

Kenneth Johansson, Licentiate of Science (Technology), will take over as Managing Director of the Finnish Work Environment Fund on 1 January 2009.
Mr Johansson, 45, will join the Fund from OP-Pohjola Group Central Cooperative where he has been employed as Corporate Safety Manager since 2007. His previous posts include Head of Occupational Safety Department and Occupational Safety Manager at Pohjola Non-Life Insurance Company (now Pohjola Insurance Ltd). He has also worked as a Scientific Expert for the Finnish Work Environment Fund and as a member of its Scientific Advisory Group.

The present Managing Director Peter Rehnström, Master of Science (Technology) and Hon-orary Doctor of Technology, will retire on 31 December 2008. Mr Rehnström, who is 64 years old, has served as Managing Director of the Finnish Work Environment Fund since 1996. He will continue as part-time Senior Advisor at the Fund until the end of May next year. His task will be to assist Mr Johansson in familiarising himself with the new post.

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Head of Communications Marja-Leena Jylhä,

Simulations development of work organisation and knowledge infrastructure - a
dissertation on a new innovation generating model

Within her dissertation "Innovation generating model - Simultaneous development of work
organization and knowledge infrastructure. Experimenting in the field of organizational de-velopment" Elise Ramstad introduces how work organisation and knowledge infrastructure can be developed simultaneously. Ramstad takes a highly topical question: how can order controlled requirements for innovation and random knowledge production are brought to-gether to achieve a sustainable innovative ability? The study illustrates exemplary the dy-namics how organisational development creates new knowledge through a simultaneous promotion of complementary knowledge from internal and external sources of existing knowledge. Possible knowledge-makers are located within the organization or in expert or-ganizations with which a horizontal exchange is kept. Ramstad developed in her work a model of innovation generation and also provides a theoretical approach and an instru-ment, with which the complementarity of knowledge can be analysed.

Elise Ramstad derives her findings from a thorough analysis of literature and from two interviews (223 interviews with experts in the field of organizational development
and 1113 surveys of participants in projects analyzing the organisation of work). She is  researcher at the Finnish research funding organisation Tekes, which supported
the study, and a founding member of the European Network of research funding organisations WORK-IN-NET.

Ramstad, Elise: "Innovation generating model - Simultaneous development of work organization and knowledge infrastructure. Experimenting in the field of organizational
development", Helsinki (Tykes, Raportteja 65) (November 2008), ISBN 978-952457-436-5, 240 S.

European Workplace Participation Forum in Rome linked two European Networks

From the 24th to the 26th of September 150 researcher and programme managers from projects and programmes on work-oriented innovation research met in Rome. The Fondazione Istituto per il Lavoro, Bologna (IpL) together with WORK-IN-NET organized the "European Workplace Participation Forum", where for the first time two networks met: WORK-IN-NET and RLDWL. The "Network for Regional and Local Development of Work and Labour" (short: RLDWL) is an international network of researchers and scientists and met once a year for an exchange. The second network titled "WORK-IN-NET" is composed by programme managers from Ministries and Management Agencies in Europe that support work-oriented innovation initiatives. This European network contributes in building up the European Research Area ERA.

The European Workplace Participation Forum: “New ways to effective forms of worker participation” addressed themes in the field of industrial relations that are crucial to reach the objectives set down by the Lisbon Strategy as well as for the further development of the European Social Model in general. New tendencies with regard to both the new contents and the evolving forms of participation processes were presented aswell as programme approaches from different countries. Concerning the content of participation, experiences regarding company performance, work organisation, health and safety as well as vocational training seem to be of growing importance. The aim of the event was to grasp the changes taking place in labour relations and, in particular, to collect and debate innovative participation experiences at the workplace as well as the relationship between different forms of participation.
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MAY 2008
Publication: “Learning across boundaries. Analysis and Comparison of Workplace R&D Activities in Other Countries in Europe and outside Europe”

A report of good workplace practices in other industrial countries was finalized and published by WORK-IN-NET. The authors Tuomo Alasoini, Elise Ramstad, Nuppu Rouhiainen analysed learning approaches across boundaries: Workplace development strategies of Singapore, Flanders and Ireland. In order to disseminate knowledge of this task in a national level a Finnish publication of the Irish workplace development strategy and also an article of the Singaporean development programmes to the Finnish nationwide newspaper (Helsingin Sanomat) was prepared and published.

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MAY 2008
WORK-IN-NET delegation meets the European Commission

On May 26 and 27 delegates of WORK-IN-NET met representatives of the European Commission and European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) in Brussels. The aim of the WORK-IN-NET presentation in Brussels was to draw strategic conclusions from four years’ explorations in the field of work-oriented innovations elaborated by the consortium and to discuss coming activities and future ideas with persons from within the Commission including the Dublin Foundation. As representative from the Eurofound, Stavroula Demetriades, Head of Unit Industrial Relations and Workplace Developments, took part in this meeting. To initiate a more regular exchange of information with WORK-IN-NET, mutual visits were envisaged for next year as well as linking experts from both institutions to ongoing activities. Furthermore, the possibility to organize joint activities will be discussed in detail.  From the European Commission, Directorate General for Research, Marc van Achter, Dominik Sobczak, Marc Goffart and Werner Wobbe participated at the joint workshop. The meeting took place at the office of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) that provides good working conditions and excellent service.


MARCH 2008
European WIN-fair

The European WIN-fair on the 6th of March of this year there was organized by the new Dutch WIN member NCSI a European WIN-fair in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Preceding the network meeting, programmes from seven Member states were presented in a kind of market stand. All representatives had brought a symbol for their country (a flag, bon bons, a poster; tulips for NL) and flyers and demonstrators of their programmes. The visitors were the colleagues from the different countries themselves and the relations of the NCSI (Netherlands Centre for Social Innovation). They got information about the two participating German and Swedish programmes as well as about the Finnish, Polish, Irish and Dutch programme and the programmes in Italy and Belgium.

WORK-IN-NET discusses transnational projects

A concept for transnational projects that receive a joint financiation by the WORK-IN-NET members was the main topic on the WORK-IN-NET meeting of October 11 and 12,  2007 in Athens. Among ten partners of WORK-IN-NET, a joint call for proposals is envisaged for autumn 2008 with the goal to support research and development projects on work oriented innovation in Europe. Details of the joint call will be agreed upon during the next months.
The meeting was realized under the auspices of the General Secretariate of Research and Technology, Ministry of Development, represented by Dr. Agnes Spilioti and DEMOKRITOS, represented by Dr. Constantin Makropoulos. As special guest Dr. Fietje Vaas informed about the "Netherlands Centre for Social Innovation" (NCSI) funded in late 2006 with the purpose to enhance labor productivity by different activities in enterprises, field experiments, joint development and applied and evaluation research. Additionally, Vana Kamtsiou from Demokritos informed about the European project "PRO-LEARN" that operates thematically close to WORK-IN-NET. PRO-LEARN is an Network of Excellence (NoE) with 20 core partners and more than 300 associated partners in the area of Professional Learning.

MAI 2007
Workshop of WORK-IN-NET in Warsaw - Report on work-oriented innovation in Poland published

On Mai  29 and 30, a Steering Committee Meeting and a workshop of  WORK-IN-ET were organised by the Polish partner in the network, the Polish Federation of Engineering Associations (FSNT-NOT) in Warsaw.
At the workshop in Warsaw various themes were discussed:  Prof. Józef Suchy presented as good practice approach the national polish instrument "Goal Oriented Projects" .
Furthermore, the Polish partners presented a survey on national innovation policy. The results are published in the following report titled „“. The report contains a description of the current situation, frameowrk conditions, activities and instruments in the field of work-oriented innovation in Poland. The instrument  of the "Goal Oriented Projects" was discussed within the WORK-IN-NET consortium and compared with other national approaches in Europe. 

Additionally, the WORK-IN-NET network and approach was discussed with representatives of the Ministry on Science and Higher Education, the Ministry of Economy and Research and Polish research institutions. The exchange on programmes and initiatives supporting work-oriented innovations with the external Polish representatives and experts as well as within the WORK-IN-NET consortium was very constructive and strenghtened the common approach twoards coordinated actions at a European level.

MAI 2007
Survey on Greek project on work-oriented innovation

The Greek partners in WORK-IN-NET, the Secretariat for Research and Technology/Ministry of Development, together with the Research Funding Organisation DEMOKRITOS, launched a survey summarizing the national projects and national instiutions dealing with research on work-oriented innovations. The survey was elaborated by Popi Christpoulou and Constantin Makropoulos within WORK-IN-NET and can be downloaded Work-oriented innovation in Greece (pdf, 206 kb).

MARCH 2007
WORK-IN-NET in Berlin, German Conference „Potential for Innovation in a Modern Working Environment ”

WORK-IN-NET organized a forum and presented the project at the Conference „Potential for Innova-tion in a Modern Working Environment. Personnel Development – Organization” which was carried out on March 29 and 30 in Berlin. The Conference was organized by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and took place during the Ger-man EU Council Presidency. It targeted experts from industry, science and politics in Germany and Europe who have to face the radical changes in economic and social structures.

State Secretary Andreas Storm (BMBF) and Direc-tor General Heinz Zourek (European Commission, DG Enterprises and Industury) welcomed the 550 participants and underlined the necessity of building bridges between research and education and the world of working. 14 fora and a “market place“ with 45 presentations of successful projects built the framework for the conference.
The WORK-IN-NET forum was titled “Uniqueness in the network – using cooperation, sharpening profiles”.The forum was moderated by Dr. Tuomo Alasoini (Finnish Workplace Programme, Ministry of Labour) and Edna Jordan (National Centre for Partnership and Performance, Dublin/Irland) and had contributions from:

• Dr. Mari Hjelt (Gaia Consulting, Helsinki, Finnland) 
• Elise Ramstad (Finnish Workplace Develop-ment Programme – Tykes, Helsinki, Finland )
• Prof. Dr. Thomas Tydén (Dalarna Research Institute, Sweden)
• Alexander Frevel (Institut für Technik der Be-triebsführung im Deutschen Handwerksinstitut e.V. - ITB Karlsruhe, Germany).

The results of the conference were published in October 2007 (Steich/Wahl (Hg.) “Innovationsfähigkeit in einer modernen Arbeitswelt” (Campus) 45 €.
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APRIL 2007
Workshop ‘Exchange on good management practices’

The NEW OSH ERA society and some guests met in Dortmund for the workshop ‘Exchange on good management practices’. The objective of this work package 4 is to realize an information exchange on management approaches in OSH related national research. The organisation has been done by BAuA and the workshop took place in the outlandish ambience of the DASA, the German Occupational Safety and Health Exhibition. The preparatory work for the workshop was done by PT-DLR (task leader) and BAuA. It consisted of identifying programmes for funding and managing OSH research and to bring together comprehensive knowledge about programme running structures of the members of NEW OSH ERA. A questionnaire was circulated which dealt with programme implementation, administrative procedures, dissemination of research results and evaluation practices in different partner countries. Additionally the partners were asked to prepare national reports to summarise national specialities, if not covered by the questionnaire.
The results have been presented and discussed on the first day of the workshop. The big variety of management approaches of the different institutions became obvious.
Later on, four good practice reports about the quality management system at BAuA, research funding transfers, the programme management strategy at PT-DLR and the management of national programmes in Poland were presented. In order to achieve more detailed results, on the second day two group work sessions took place. The partners had the opportunity to discuss their management approaches in detail. With the support of all partners the outcomes of the group discussions were carried together in a final plenary session. The workshop achieved information about strength and weaknesses in the different management of OSH-programmes in Europe. A big variety of management approaches was identified. The results will be summarized and implemented into the final report on management approaches. This report will provide the basis for task 6, synchronizing research on OSH (task leader: PT-DLR) in which a strategy for a joint call will be developed.
The workshop ended with the visit of the German Occupational Safety and Health Exhibition (DASA).

MARCH 2007
Paul Oehlke retires

When Paul Oehlke retired on the 1st of March 2007 he looked back upon 27 years of close cooperation with national and international agents in the field of work related research. As scientist and coordinator he was involved in several European projects and networks during the 1980s, among them the initiative MODEM, ACTEUR, EWON or the „European Work and Technology Consortium“. With the establishment of the project „WORK-IN-NET“, in which he took an active part, he founded the latest network of European ministries and research funding organisations dealing with work-related research. Especially the Swedish partners appreciated his merits as transnational promoter of social dialogue. On these qualities his plans for the following life-phase are founded. We wish him all the best! 

MARCH 2007
National Institute of Working Life in Sweden will be closed

Due to a decision of the Swedish government, the National Institute of Working Life (NIWL) is going to be closed in 2007. NIWL is an associated partner to WORK-IN-NET. Because of the closure, NIWL will have to leave the network as partner - we will very much miss this experienced institution. The WORK-IN-NET partners are greatly concerned by the decision of the Swedish Government. The Institute has made an outstanding contribution to work-life research in Europe, not least in deepening understanding of the interdependence of organisational innovation, improvement of working conditions and growth in productivity. Partners in the EU Work-in-Net initiative, funded by the European Commission to develop joint transnational approaches and activities relating to workplace innovation programmes, rely on national research centres of excellence. Until now Sweden has played an exemplary role in developing and sustaining such centres. The closure of the National Institute will lead to an irretrievable loss of knowledge and intellectual capital at both national and European levels.

Midterm-Reflections of WORK-IN-NET in Lyon

On October 25 and 26 all 19 partners of WORK-IN-NET met in Lyon with the goal to reflect the results already achieved in the project and discuss the further work programme. One important issue was the development of a joint European strategy that will be elaborated by the network. It is planned to present the strategy on work innovation at the European Commission. Host of the meeting in Lyon was the French Agency for the Improvement of Working Conditions (Agence Nationale pour l'Ameriolation des Conditions de Travail, ANACT), which was unanimously  welcomed to WORK-IN-NET  as associated partner.

JUNE 2006
Benchmarking Workshop WORK-IN-NET
On 15. and 16. June 2006 all partners from eight countries of the European consortium WORK-IN-NET came together in Helsinki. The workshop was titled “Workshop on Dialogical Development Methods”. Researchers and research conveyers presented several management strategies. Representatives from the practise supplemented the presented theories by demonstrations of appliance of the methods in several enterprises.
The workshop which was organized by the finish institute TYKES will be continued in the end of august with a workshop about “Achieving Organisational Innovation Through ICT”. As result of these two events a report will be presented describing the strengths and weaknesses of the different research and development methods. In autumn 2006 the report can be downloaded at the website of WORK-IN-NET (

MAY 2006
Constituting Conference NEW OSH-ERA

On the 11 and 12 th of May all 18 partners of the NEW OSH ERA from ten countries came together for the constituting conference in Rome. The project NEW OSH ERA is one of the ERA-NET projects which will be funded for four years by the European Commission. NEW OSH ERA brings together funding organizations and ministries which are working in the field of occupational safety and health. The partners involved in the project form important national agencies of research and development in this field in Europe. The aim of NEW OSH area consists of joint evaluations and joint calls in the field of occupational safety and health and in building up training seminars for institutions which intend to build up prevention programmes.
The conference was opened by the coordinator of the Finish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH), Kai Savolainen. He also acted as chairman for the first meeting of the Steering Committee which also took place within the conference. During the Steering Committee meeting the next steps of collaboration and the working plan were discussed and implemented.
The representative of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work in Bilbao, Eusebio Rial-Gonzalez, pronounced the importance of the project for the development of a long lasting cooperation in Europe. This was also highlighted by the deputy of the European Commission, Marc van Achter, who accompanies the project on behalf of the Commission. He expressed his hope that the outcome of the project will consist of joint calls and long enduring cooperation. The Italian partner ISPESL, the Institute for Prevention and Employment Protection, has arranged the meeting.


MARCH 2006
Workshop „Innovative Work Organizations in Transition – Theories, Developments and Comparative approaches“, Dublin 23./24.03.2006

The Workshop “Innovative Work Organization in Transition – Theories, Developments and Comparative approaches” took place in Dublin from 23. to 24.03.2006 and brought together the funding members of WORK-IN-NET and new members as the National Centre for Partnership and Performance (NCPP). The aim of the workshop was to identify collective research questions in order to start joint initiatives in the near future (e.g. joint boards or calls). On the basis of a few lectures the first day was used to discuss methods and approaches with regard to comparative studies of innovative work organisations. The second day was organized jointly with NCPP. The Workshop aimed at a qualified and policy oriented discussion concerning theories, development and comparative approaches to workplace innovations at the level of workplace, firm and regional corporate networks. Participants are representatives of the national programmes of WORK-IN-NET, national members of advisory boards including representatives of the social partners and experts from the European Foundation in Dublin and the European Agency in Bilbao.


Strategy-Meeting of the European Network ERA-NET in Bonn and Bottrop

Eleven of 12 European research conveyers from several countries joint the strategy-meeting of the European Network ERA-NET the 14. and 15. November 2005 in Bonn and Bottrop. Topic was the discussion of state of research on the area of work-related innovation issues in Europe and the declaration of common activities for the year 2006.

The project “Labour and Innovation: Work-Oriented innovations – a key to better employment, cohesion and competitiveness in a knowledge-intensive society” (WORK-IN-NET) in the context of the ERA-NET Programme is supported with 1,93 Mio Euro by the European Union. The project aims at a more intensive cooperation and acclamation in the area of work-related innovation issues of European research conveyers. The Project Management Organization in the German Aerospace Center is responsible for the four year long coordination. 

At the meeting a first benchmarking-report was presented. The participants had faced up to this benchmarking-process before. For the benchmarking the European national research programmes in the area of work-related innovation issues came together the first time to exchange experiences by means of a positioned compendium from Frieder Naschold.