Projects

Our Research Field: TechnoScienceStudies

The MCTS focuses on analyzing the conditions and consequences of the technical sciences in thoroughly technologized societies. This includes new modes of technoscientific knowledge production, how technoscience is governed in (technical) universities, and how it is entangled with political funding strategies, industrial applications, and/or the expectations and objections of civil society.

Research projects overview

Project status
Funded by
Project type
SCALINGS – Scaling up Co-Creation: Avenues and Limits for integrating Society in Science and Innovation The European Research Consortium SCALINGS explores the avenues and limits for the wider dissemination and use of co-creation practices across Europe.
Project leader(s)
Prof. Sebastian Pfotenhauer
Period
09.2018 – 09.2021
future
Funding institution
Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 horizon-2020
Project type
Consortium Project
Consortium Project consortium-project
Themes
Co-creation; Open Innovation; Robotics; Urban energy; Autonomous Vehicles; Public procurement of innovation; Living Labs; Co-creation facilities; comparative research
Evidencing Practice – Practicing Evidence Evidence in Science, Medicine, Technology and Society. DFG Research Unit 2448
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. Karin Zachmann
Period
2017 – 2020
future
Funding institution
DFG
DFG dfg
Project type
Consortium Project
Consortium Project consortium-project
Plastics – Publics – Politics Plastics and specifically microplastics in the environment are increasingly receiving public attention. Headlines such as “Dangerous mini-poison-bomb” (Focus online, 2012) or “Underestimated Danger – Plastic particles contaminate food” (Spiegel online, 2013) point to an increasing public discourse about microplastics as a potential environmental and health risk.
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. Ruth Müller
Period
03.2018 – 08.2021
future
Funding institution
BMBF
BMBF bmbf
Project type
Consortium Project
Consortium Project consortium-project
Cultivating Engagement: A Citizen Participation Forum on Vertical Farming How can citizens shape the development of healthy and sustainable food, and what role should technology play in this process? What methods can engage publics on diverse issues across food, health and sustainability?
Project leader(s)
Dr. Mascha Gugganig
Period
09.2017 - 12.2018
past
Funding institution
EIT Food
EIT Food eit-food
Project type
Consortium Project
Consortium Project consortium-project
Public Imaginations of Genome Editing in Livestock In science and in society, the CRISPR-Cas9 system is currently discussed as revolutionary new genetic technology. The novel technique promises more precise and cost-efficient ways of genetically “editing” the genomes of a wide variety of species.
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. Ruth Müller
Period
09.2018 – 05.2021
future
Funding institution
Bayerische Forschungsstiftung
Bayerische Forschungsstiftung bayerische-forschungsstiftung
Project type
Consortium Project
Consortium Project consortium-project
Test beds & Living Labs in Energy und Mobility Transitions
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Pfotenhauer
Understanding Regional Innovation Cultures A Comparison of five German City-Regions and their Adoption of Global Innovation „Best Practices“
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. S. Pfotenhauer, Dr. A. Wentland
Period
04.2018 – 04.2021
future
Funding institution
DFG
DFG dfg
Project type
Third-party funded project
Third-party funded project third-party-funded-project
Situating Environmental Epigenetics. A Comparative, Actor-Centered Study of Environmental Epigenetics as an Emergent Research Approach in Three Research Fields Epigenetics explores changes in gene expression that do not result from gene mutation, but from chemical modifications on the DNA. In recent years, such epigenetic modifications have been found to respond to numerous stimuli from the environment – such as toxins, nutrition, trauma or stress – giving rise to the field of ‘environmental epigenetics’.
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. Ruth Müller
Period
10.2018 – 09.2021
future
Funding institution
DFG
DFG dfg
Project type
Third-party funded project
Third-party funded project third-party-funded-project
Evidence in Citizen Science Between Non-Certified Expertise, Professional Supervision and Mechanization
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. Sabine Maasen; Prof. Dr. Sascha Dickel (Uni Mainz)
Period
05/2017 - 04/2020
future
Funding institution
DFG
DFG dfg
Project type
Third-party funded project
Third-party funded project third-party-funded-project
Themes
Citizen Science, Participation, Public Engagement with Science and Technology (PEST), Trust in Science, Digitisation, Transdisciplinarity
Institutional Reflexivity in Sociotechnical Networks SFB 768, Subproject A11
Project leader(s)
PD Dr. Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Prof. Dr. Sabine Maasen, Tobias Drewlani, Johan Buchholz, Dr. Uli Meyer
Funding institution
DFG
DFG dfg
Project type
Third-party funded project
Third-party funded project third-party-funded-project
METALABs: Making Europe Through And for its LABoratories This project aims to explore how transnational European research infrastructures have been both a vehicle for, and the beneficiaries of, European integration project.
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. S. Pfotenhauer
Period
01.01.2019 – 01.01.2022
future
Funding institution
DFG
DFG dfg
Project type
Third-party funded project
Third-party funded project third-party-funded-project
PROLAB – Living Labs as prototypical milieus Prototypes are able to make vague but visible statements about future technologies and about how one might possibly interact with them. Moreover, they open up alternatives but are able to direct imaginations along a certain path.
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. Sabine Maasen
Period
09.2018 – 08.2021
future
Funding institution
BMBF
BMBF bmbf
Project type
Third-party funded project
Third-party funded project third-party-funded-project
Themes
Prototyping, Living Labs, participation, digitalization, health, mobility, futures, materiality, innovation
Taking Tacit Knowledge into Account by Using Problem Cases as Guidelines in HMI Development IMPROVE is aiming for developing a more efficient way of providing plant field maintenance in highly complex industrial facilities. Therefore, knowledge based models and devices for data mining and processing are to be created in order to support the facility’s maintenance operators who keep the system running in a good condition.
Project leader(s)
TUM Maschinenwesen, PD Dr. Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Prof. Dr. Sabine Maasen
Period
01.10.2016 – 31.08.2019
past
Funding institution
H2020
H2020 h2020
Project type
Third-party funded project
Third-party funded project third-party-funded-project
The Dormant Potential of Neoinstitutionalism Neoinstitutionalism is one of the leading theories organisation studies. Starting from empirical problems this theoretical approach of Neoinstitutionalism contributed to our understanding of organisations in multiple ways.
Project leader(s)
Dr. Uli Meyer
Funding institution
DFG
DFG dfg
Agile Project Management and New Customer Requirements The project investigates how collaboration between companies is changing in the context of digitalization. It deals particularly with new expectations that customers have against companies and the impact these have within those organizations.
Project leader(s)
Dr. Uli Meyer, Elena Zelesniack
Technoscientific Constitutionalism This German-American research exchange centered around a joint symposium in Washington DC will explore how science and technology (re-constitute) society through the lens of "technoscientific constitutionalism“.
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. S. Pfotenhauer / Prof. Dr. Ben Hurlbut (ASU)
Period
10/2017 - 07/2029
future
Funding institution
DFG - NSF
DFG - NSF dfg-nsf
Project type
Symposium
Symposium symposium
Mediacenters of the Future In the age of digital media available on the internet users have access to abundant content and need to deal with a vast amount of information. Broadcasters and other media companies are searching for solutions to provide users with relevant content.
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. Sabine Maasen, PD Dr. Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Prof. Dr. Dr. Birgit Spanner-Ulmer (BR), Mustafa Isik (BR), Prof. Dr. Hans-Bernd Brosius (LMU)
Period
2015 - 2017
past
Funding institution
MCIR
MCIR mcir
Project type
Third-party funded project
Third-party funded project third-party-funded-project
Themes
interdisciplinary, data society, media, sociology of algorithms
„How Safe Is Safe Enough?“ Practices of Evidence for Technical Safety in Times of Societal Uncertainty The project aims to analyze practices of evidence concerning technical safety in both German states between the 1950s and the 1980s, using two specific technological fields – automobiles and nuclear power – as case studies.
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. Karin Zachmann, Dr. Stefan Esselborn
Period
01.04.2017 – 31.03.2020
future
Funding institution
DFG
DFG dfg
Project type
Postdoc Project
Postdoc Project postdoc-project
Themes
technical safety, risk, nuclear power, automobile, FRG, GDR
Articulating Metabolic Disease in a Life Course Perspective Are obesity and related metabolic disorders the result of a lack of self-discipline? This socially and medically widespread assumption is being challenged by medical research findings about the developmental origins of health and disease.
Project leader(s)
Dr. Michael Penkler
Period
09.2018 – 09.2021
future
Project type
Postdoc project
Postdoc project postdoc-project
Gutes Essen. Ernährungstechnologien zwischen Kultur und Natur Das Projekt untersucht, wie Grenzen zwischen Natur und Technik ganz konkret dort gezogen werden, wo Natur Gegenstand von Technologien wird: in den Agrar- und Lebensmittelwissenschaften
Project leader(s)
Dr. Barbara Sutter
Project type
Postdoc Project
Postdoc Project postdoc-project
A Silent Revolution. Infrastructuring Singapore as a Logistics City, 1850-1940 Port facilities, stockyards, loading docks, railroad tracks, power grids – functional infrastructures form basic units of both modern cities and logistics. In this relationship, logistics is a conditioning force.
Project leader(s)
Dr. Felix Mauch
Funding institution
TUM
TUM tum
Project type
Postdoc Project
Postdoc Project postdoc-project
Themes
Logistische Infrastrukturen, Architekturen und Medien, technische Landschaften, Stadt- und Umweltgeschichte, Technikgeschichten Südostasiens
Of Flies and Men: Global Insect Vector Control Regimes, 1960s-1980s This study takes as its particular subject of inquiry the circulation of knowledge between malaria and river blindness campaigns and hence the various attempts to control anopheles and black flies by techniques such as large-scale spraying of pesticides, water management and bush clearing. Local contingencies as well as the implementation of environmental protection measures gradually re-casted medical development policies.
Project leader(s)
Dr. Sarah Ehlers
Funding institution
TUM
TUM tum
Project type
Postdoc Project
Postdoc Project postdoc-project
Themes
Insect vectors, environmental intervention, disease control, globality
Planning for Persistent Environmental Contamination: Public Health, Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, and Technoscience in Canada Mein laufendes Forschungsprojekt mit dem Titel “Planning for Persistent Environmental Contamination: Public Health, Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, and Technoscience in Canada” erforscht von Citizen-Science-Projekten verwendete Evidenzpraktiken für Umweltbelastung im Kontext des kanadischen Siedler-Kolonialismus, in dem Evidenzpraktiken dieser Art grundsätzlich umstritten sind.
Project leader(s)
Sarah Blacker
Funding institution
TUM
TUM tum
Project type
Postdoc Project
Postdoc Project postdoc-project
Themes
Health-environment interactions, Environmental Justice, evidence practices, citizen science, politics of measurement, toxicology, relational ontologies, Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)
Innovation Scripts [Young-Career-Project]In a transdisciplinary effort, existing innovation scripts are put into question and new ones written.
Project leader(s)
Dr. Judith Igelsböck
Funding institution
Linz Institute of Technology (LIT)
Linz Institute of Technology (LIT) linz-institute-of-technology-lit
Project type
Postdoc Project
Postdoc Project postdoc-project
Modes of Modelling and Simulation in Artificial Intelligence The aim of this research project is to provide a systematic and critical reconstruction of the various modes of modelling and simulation in Artificial Intelligence (AI). This reconstruction operates on a conceptual level as well as through empirical investigations into AI research practice. It will thereby help to explain both the heterogeneity and the success of AI.
Project leader(s)
Hajo Greif
Funding institution
DFG
DFG dfg
Project type
Postdoc Project
Postdoc Project postdoc-project
Themes
Models, Simulations, Artificial Intelligence, Pragmatism, Science-in-Practice
Appropriating urban space in the TechnoSociety Making sense of urban growth and vacancy
Project leader(s)
Andrea Schikowitz
Period
since 2018
past
Project type
Postdoc Project
Postdoc Project postdoc-project
Themes
knowledge practices, controversis, urban planning, appropriation of space, urban vacancy, urban growth, participation, housing, Science Technology Studies (STS)
Traveling Imaginaries of Innovation
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Pfotenhauer
Funding institution
NSF
NSF nsf
Project type
Third-party funded project
Third-party funded project third-party-funded-project
Thinking Evolution – Thinking Life: Evolutionary Theory in the Postgenomic Age In the modern biological sciences, ‘evolution’ has become the central concept for theorizing life and its transformations on a historical timescale. Beyond biology, the concept of ‘evolution’ has been adopted by thinkers in a range of other scientific and societal fields, and has often been used to explain human behavior and to set standards for counts as normal and natural social orders and conduct.
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. Ruth Müller (PI), Zinaida Vasilyeva, M.A.
Period
Seit 2018
past
Project type
Postdoc Project
Postdoc Project postdoc-project
Themes
Evolution; Extended Evolutionary Synthesis; Scientific controversy; Emerging academic communities; Postgenomic biology
The Experimental Making of the Future of Work The aim of the research project is to investigate experimental approaches to alternative forms of work. In the context of discourses on Industrie 4.0 and the Future of Work, organizations try to reflect on the meaning of these often-abstract developments in relation to their own actions, and to develop corresponding programs.
Project leader(s)
Dr. Uli Meyer
CISTIPs: Complex International Science, Technology, and Innovation Partnerships
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Pfotenhauer
Digitale Prozesssteuerung zwischen Selbstorganisation und Kontrolle Arbeit in der sogenannten „Industrie 4.0“ wird stark von digitalen Prozesssteuerungstechnologien geformt. Diese erheben mittels Sensortechnik Daten aus dem Produktionsprozess und generieren automatisch Feedbacks in Form von Anweisungen oder Optimierungsvorschlägen.
Project leader(s)
Dr. Uli Meyer, Simon Schaupp
Funding institution
Hans-Böckler-Stiftung
Hans-Böckler-Stiftung hans-bckler-stiftung
Industries without Borders? The project "Industries without Borders?" was launched as part of the German-Franco Academy for the Industry of the Future as a cooperation between the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Institute Mines-Télécom (IMT) in November 2017.
Project leader(s)
Dr. Uli Meyer
Evidence for Excellence Academic excellence has become a key notion within science policy discourses in recent years. Many profound reforms in the European academic research landscape have been argued as necessary in order to improve the scientific excellence of different research systems.
Project leader(s)
Prof. Dr. Ruth Müller
Funding institution
MCTS Labor Engineering Responsibility, TUM Gender & Diversity Incentive Fund
MCTS Labor Engineering Responsibility, TUM Gender & Diversity Incentive Fund -mcts-labor-engineering-responsibility-tum-gender-diversity-incentive-fund
Erfahrungeleiteter arbeitsintegrierter Erwern von digitalen Medienkompetenzen in der berufsbegleitenden Qualifizierung Das Projekt MEDEA entwickelt arbeitsintegrierte Bildungskonzepte zum Erwerb von berufsbezogenen digitalen Medienkompetenzen beispielhaft für zwei Berufsgruppen – Fachkräfte in der Produktion und im Dienstleistungsbereich.
Project leader(s)
Dr. Uli Meyer, Johan Buchholz
Funding institution
BMBF, Europ. Sozialfonds
BMBF, Europ. Sozialfonds bmbf-europ-sozialfonds