SOQUA Summer School 2012 on Social Innovation

Documentation of lectures, workshops, video, photo-gallery and evaluation by particpants
Link: Documentation Summer School
(external Link)


The Concept, potential and international trends

Vienna, July 9 - 13, 2012

The Summer School on social innovation is labelled >SOQUA Summer School< because it is an extension of a post-graduate course programme named “Sozialwissenschaftliche Berufsqualifizierung” (social science vocational training, in short “SOQUA”: that is run in Austria jointly by three social science institutes (FORBA, SORA, ZSI) since 2006. Besides the 2-year course programme in 2010 a first SOQUA Summer School was carried out 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 event 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 participants is international: 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 intelligence provided from other continents.

Participants are welcome from Austria, European and – if feasible – from other parts of the world. There is no age limit. Students are very welcome, yet we do not want to solely educate students. This Summer School also 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, who are or would like to become involved 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 allows to learn from each other, benefiting the inquiring mind and the quest for practical experience.

Registration fee:
€ 290 – covering participation in all events of the week, information package, products and documentation of the Summer School, assistance in networking with social innovators, catering (coffee breaks) and the evening in the wine tavern.

€ 190 – student fee

Payment requested to:
Zentrum für Soziale Innovation
Bank Account: Unicredit Bank Austria
Please indicate under ‘reason for payment’: SuS, KS 1017 – Thank you very much!

Limited number of participants: 40

Information and contact:
Berenike Ecker

Vienna, Conference centre Schönbrunn:

Video tip:
„Schumpeter adopts social innovation“