SOQUA Summer School 2012

30. Apr 2012

Registration open to participants from Austria, Europe, and beyond ...

Social Innovation in Europe and Beyond.

The concept, its potential, and international trends

Vienna, July 9 – 13, 2012


The Summer School on social innovation is labelled >SOQUA Summer School< because it relates to the post-graduate course programme “Sozialwissenschaftliche Berufsqualifizierung” (in short “SOQUA”: that is run in Austria jointly by three private social science institutes (FORBA:, SORA:, ZSI: since 2006. In addition to the 2-year course programme, in 2010 a first SOQUA Summer School was carried on “Evidence Based Policy Making and Social Impact Assessment”, initiated and executed by SORA. In 2012 ZSI took the lead to implement for the second time a summer school rooted in SOQUA, this time on social innovation.

Based on the huge success of last year’s international conference “Challenge Social Innovation. Innovating innovation by research – 100 years after Schumpeter” (Vienna, September 19-21, 2011,, the Summer School will be another international platform allowing to learn about, and from social innovation. It in fact offers continuation of established networks, as well as the creation of novel exchange of knowledge and expertise opening up future collaboration among scholars and practitioners of social innovation.

Focus and composition of the faculty and expected participants cover local and global facets: There will be a strong European core of speakers and participants, with a systematic built-in nexus to local social innovators from Austria, yet also key competence retrieved from other continents.

Participants are welcome from Austria, European countries, and – if feasible – from other parts of the world. There is no age limit as we do not want to educate students only. This Summer School wants to involve on the one hand employed and self-employed persons that are social innovators, and those who feel their area of work calls for social innovation. On the other hand academics and scientists from various disciplines with interest in social innovation research are invited to take part in sharing scientific eagerness for knowledge and enthusiasm. “Involvement” means, we wish to bring together experts from different walks of life in an ambience which favours learning from each other, benefiting the inquiring mind and the quest for practical experience.


Main parts of the programme

Monday, July 9: Concepts of innovation, social innovation and innovation research

Tuesday, July 10: Social innovation and social science

Wednesday, July 11: Social innovation in the private business sector

Thursday, July 12: Social innovation in the public and civil society sectors

Friday, July 13: International trends and strategies


Additional events

  • Wednesday evening: Public lecture for a wider audience
  • Thursday evening: First annual assembly of the „European School of Social Innovation“
  • Throughout the week information about social innovators from Austria and neighbouring countries (primarily from Hungary and the Czech and Slovak Republics) will be available, including meeting points with scheduled options to meet representatives of local/regional social innovation projects. This matching will be organised in collaboration with „Sozialmarie – Preis für Soziale Innovation“ – the Austrian Social Innovation Award, annually granted to 15 prize winning social innovations from Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Slovenia. Information:
  • Friday evening: Evening out in a classical Viennese wine tavern („Heuriger“,

Participation fee

€ 290,– includes access to all lectures and events, written and electronic documents and products of the Summer School, assistance in networking and communication, support in finding lodging and to get around in Vienna, catering in coffee breaks and the evening out in a Viennese wine tavern (Friday evening).


Limited number of participants: 40


Contact, information and registration:

Franziska Klauser,



Vienna, Tagungszentrum Schönbrunn

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