Work, Technology and Participation

Technology and participation

The participation of society in research and development is an important contribution to information, transparency and innovation. Science that develops technology should include the perspectives of different groups through participation as early as possible so that their innovations can be connected and found acceptance.

The "Technology and Participation" department of the ARTE department uses a wide range of participation formats within the framework of research projects with technical, but also educational and social focuses, from the workshop to participatory product development to broad participation with a random selection from the population. The department also researches participation and develops new opportunities for participation in research.

With our project partners from science, economy and civil society, we analyze which target groups, topics and questions are important for participation and which participation formats are suitable, carry out the participation and support the integration of participation results in the further process.

Would you like to cooperate with us? We look forward to your contact request.

Project of the cluster

© Straßen Befreien 2022

Experience the traffic turnaround

Free the road

The project is developing the "Manifesto of the Free Road" for the traffic turnaround in cities. It should be aimed at interested local authorities, initiatives and citizens as a practical implementation aid and guide to the traffic turnaround. The focus is on realistic images that are intended to show what city districts with fewer cars and plenty of space for people and non-motorized mobility can look like.


Electrification of long-haul heavy-duty commercial vehicles with automated battery swapping stations.

The project deals with the development and implementation of an automated battery replacement concept for e-trucks up to 40 tons and associated energy services in the power grid. Among other things, ArTe is responsible for stakeholder participation and for examining user acceptance.



KI in the service of diversity

Human-centric applications of digital systems, especially artificial intelligence (AI), have great potential - also for discrimination. This is where the project comes in. In four pilot projects, the so-called experimental rooms, a participatory process for the introduction of AI systems and other software applications is being developed and tested, taking ethical aspects and diversity into account.


Research campus Mobility2Grid phase 2

The core of the research campus is the integration of commercial and private electric road vehicles into decentralized energy networks. In May 2022, the second main phase (until 2027) of the research campus Mobility2Grid (M2G) will start under the leadership of the TU Berlin with 36 institutions from science and industry. The focus of the second funding phase is the transfer of energy and transport transition approaches from the ERUEF area in Berlin-Schoeneberg to other areas in Berlin.


Integrated neurotechnological architecture for contactless screening of viral respiratory diseases.

The interdisciplinary joint project is developing and testing a monitoring system for detecting infectious respiratory diseases with the aim of better protecting clinics and other critical infrastructures in the entrance area. ArTe qualifies the development of the system through the active involvement of citizens and clinic employees.

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Real Deal

Reshaping European advances towards green leadership through deliberative approaches and learning.

With the Green Deal, the EU wants to transform itself into the first climate-neutral region by 2050. Citizens should be actively involved in this process. So far, this has not been the practice in many European institutions or in all EU countries. This raises the question: Which participatory processes are suitable at a pan-European level within the framework of the Green Deal? We'll find out.

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#HackYourDistrict - Digital participation for low carbon and social inclusive district.

The project brings together international alumni to work on ideas and tools for zero-emission and inclusive cities. In one-week workshops, which will take place in Berlin in 2022 and in Taipei in 2023, the alumni will jointly develop ideas and tools that they will later incorporate into their work.

Interesse an Forschungskooperationen?

The department researches the interaction of technology, labour and society. All research activities pursue the goal of investigating and promoting the sustainable use of technology for our society.

Do you have an idea for cooperation in the field of research? Feel free to contact us. We look forward to the exchange!

Completed projects


Spin-off of the ArTe EIT project DoNotFear (2019-2020)

The project develops digital and mobile solutions to strengthen public transport. WizGo is a socially intelligent tool with an innovative contribution to the inclusive mobility transition for public transport.


Together with Technischen Jugendbildungs gGmbH, we are building a workshop for electromobility in the MANEGE youth center on the RÜTLI campus in Berlin. Neighborhood and target group-oriented, practical and integrative, the future technologies of electromobility and renewable energies are taught as an extracurricular, freedom-related educational offer.


Social Innovation for Refugee Integration.

The Central European project wants to improve the integration policy for refugees at regional and local level in the five affected regions (Berlin, Ljubljana, Parma, Bologna, Vienna) or - if not available - initiate it. To this end, refugees should be involved in the development of innovative measures for their way into work and society.


Future perspectives through technology education for people in the district.

The project aimes at children and young people in districts with special development needs and their families, but also at people from the district who want practical and technical training under supervision.


Internal crowdsourcing in companies: employee-friendly process innovation through digital participation of employees.

The goal of ICU is to develop a field-tested employee-friendly internal crowdsourcing model to serve as a good practice reference case for future crowdsourcing activities.

Mobility2Grid (preliminary phase/1st funding phase)

Mobility2Grid research campus

During the preliminary phase (2013-2015) and the first funding phase (2016-2021), the ARTE department examined the acceptance process for the concepts and offers developed in M2G at various levels, analyzed factors that hinder and promote acceptance, derived measures to increase acceptance and implemented various participation formats with different stakeholders to explore their potential for increasing acceptance. The department also supported the development of MBA programs on the EUREF campus.

Other completed projects:

  • CivicBudget - Platform for Participatory Budgeting
  • Do-Not-Fear App
  • FlashPoll
  • Piazza Project – The Digital Living Lab Platform for the Co-creation of Smart Cities
  • Ramses - Rural Mobility 2 0
  • VERS - VERkehrszugangsSysteme

Employees of the cluster

Dr. Birgit Böhm

Cluster Lead


Prof. Dr. Hans-Liudger Dienel


Rozaliia Tarnovetckaia


Martin Schlecht


Tobias Biehle


Dr. Thomas Blanchet


Dr. Hamid Mostofi


Tobias Biehle



Technische Universität Berlin, Fachgebiet Arbeitslehre/Technik und Partizipation, Forschungsprojekt VI-Screen (2023). Bürgergutachten „Kontaktlose Infektionskontrolle an der Kliniktür“ im Rahmen des Forschungsprojekts „Integrierte neuro-technologische Architektur zum kontaktlosen Screening von virusbedingten Atemwegserkrankungen“ VI-SCREEN. Redaktion Dr. Birgit Böhm unter Mitarbeit von Tobias Biehle und Friederike Tautz.

Allianz der freien Straße (Hrsg.). (2022). Manifest der freien Straße. Wöhr, S., Lodder, J., Biehle, T., Böhm, B., Canzler, W., Haus, J., Pfaff, T. JOVIS Verlag. ISBN 978-3-86859-774-5

Delvendahl, N., Dienel, H.-L., Meyer, V., Langen, N., Zimmermann, J. & Schlecht, M. (2022). Narratives of fungal-based materials for a new bioeconomy era. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Researc.

Säumel, I., Reddy, S. E., Wachtel, T., Schlecht, M., Ramos-Jiliberto, R. (2022). How to feed the cities? Co-creating inclusive, healthy and sustainable city region food systems.

Becker, S., Vollmer, J., Wedel, M. (2022). Praxis Zukunft: AR, VR und KI als Element für visionäres Empowerment beruflicher Lehrkräfte um Rahmen modularer Qualifizierung. In: Lernen & Lehren. Wolfenbüttel.

Kawai, T., Fahlbusch, J., Dienel, H.-L., Renn, O., & Renn, R. (2022). Narratives for personal and collective transformations. Innovation: The European journal of social science research.

Tscholl, M., Weißpflug, M., Wedel, M., Sturm, U. (2022). People and nature – fostering inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration for biodiversity and sustainable human interactions. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 35:3, 367-369.

Berthod, O., Blanchet, T., Busch, H., Kunze, C., Nolden, C., Wenderlich, M. (2022). The Rise and Fall of Energy Democracy: 5 Cases of Collaborative Governance in Energy Systems. Environmental Management, 71, 551–564.



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