For long-term added value

Dialogue and exchange with our partners in society forms part of the overall strategy of the "Modell Konstanz". Knowledge and technology transfer is one of our central tasks and integral to the university’s self-conception.

People find science fascinating.

This can be seen amongst all age groups at events such as the “Lange Nacht der Wissenschaft”. Whilst children concentrate on chemical experiments, their parents watch full of amazement as electron microscopy is presented to them or learn why multilingualism is today regarded as a major asset in the field of linguistics. The University of Konstanz does not consider satisfying people’s thirst for knowledge a side act to be staged when free capacity might at some point become available. Contact and exchange with people, fostering an understanding of and enthusiasm for science in society is part of the overall strategy of the “Modell Konstanz”.

Events such as the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaft, Grenzgänger Wissenschaft, Studium Generale or the Kinder-Uni (for children) form part of the University of Konstanz’s outreach and communication strategy, which reinforces how we put our knowledge and technology transfer into practice. The question we keep asking over and over again is this: How can the university reach society, the general public, politics, culture and the business community and enter into a dialogue with them?

Our knowledge and technology transfer activities are intentionally very broad in scope.

In principle, all areas at the University are involved when there are opportunities to raise new questions, find new answers or simply to conduct a quick “reality check”. The university’s tasks are accordingly wide and varied. Thus, in January 2017 a concept for knowledge and technology transfer at the University of Konstanz was adopted under the title of “Self-perception and vision”, in which the university explicitly affirms its commitment to the continuous further development of dialogue as a social responsibility. This concept consists of three elements: communication, advice and application. Tasks thus range from science communication to advice on scientific policy and the compilation of evaluation reports to university spin-off enterprises.

The concept is based on the transfer audit conducted at the University of Konstanz in 2015/2016 by the German Stifterverband (a foundation which provides funding in the sciences and humanities) and the Heinz Nixdorf Stiftung, within which further new impulses for its cooperation strategies with external partners as well as in the area of knowledge and technology transfer were generated: Knowledge and technology transfer is understood as a mutual feedback process between science, business, politics and society. The university's activities in the fields of “communication”, “advice” and “application” mutually influence each other in this context and achieve maximum synergies. A commitment to “long-term added value” forms the link between them.