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The Open Lab at the University of Tübingen aims to strengthen the connections to civil society, support local initiatives and promote innovative research projects.

The two calls were focused:

  • Service-Learning and
  • Innovative research projects

Two Service-Learning projects were launched successfully in the winter term 2021-2022. Both projects resulted in further projects, which are planned for the summer term of 2022.

Small business management and the emotional implications of the pandemic

The project supports entrepreneurs overpassing the COVID-19 crisis and defines the meaning of work and the pandemic lockdown’s implications.

As the small businesses are what makes a lively city, this Service-Learning project aims to support these local partners of the community of Tübingen. Therefore, depending on the partners’ needs, services will be created and provided for dealing with emotionally difficult situations such as the pandemic. Initially, the needs of the entrepreneurs will be identified via surveys. In the next step, existing opportunities will be screened and turned into real activities for and with the partners. Students will cooperate with entrepreneurs to help them to deal with the situation and apply theory in praxis.

For the dissemination of the project, a joint workshop will be conducted with the partners and/or local officials. Students will have the opportunity to publish articles or give radio interviews about their experiences after the project.

Project partners

Applicant: Transdisciplinary Course Program

Partners: Cafés, fashion shops and smaller businesses in Tübingen

Academics: Vanessa Weihgold and Leticia Hoppe 

Students: Open to all BA-students of the University of Tübingen and to students from the University of Bucharest and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid within the micro-programme Civic Engagement

Interested in joining the project?

Are you a B.A. student at one of the three CIVIS universities below?

  • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • University of Bucharest
  • University of Tübingen

Please have a look at the CIVIS micro-programme "Civic Engagement"

Project contact

Die alternde Gesellschaft - Inclusion, aging and care as a social challenge

The project deals with demographic change and its impact on society (e.g., health, care, inclusion and social cohabitation). Conceptualized as a Service-Learning project, social-scientific methods such as surveys, interviews, participatory observations should be applied in context. At the same time social commitment will be fostered by solving regional, concrete challenges. Researchers of the university, social enterprises and civil society stakeholders work on suitable solutions to meet specific needs.

Understand: The participants of this project understand the impact of demographic change on care and inclusive work.

Reflect: Chances and risks, as well as specific challenges that go hand in hand with these developments, are reflected.

Transfer: Researchers apply specific research methods und participate in co-creation workshops.

Engagement: Students support voluntary projects and regional social enterprises; they participate in processes of social innovation and are committed to find solutions for societal challenges.

It is planned to conduct a final CIVIS Open Lab workshop open to all students of CIVIS partner universities. Thereby the results of this project will be discussed commonly, in the context of the major challenges of the 21st century.

Project partners

Applicant: Transdisciplinary Course Program

Partners: Citizens, Social Enterprises, LebensPhasenHaus

Academics:  Prof. Daniel Buhr, Dr. Sandra Evans, Prof. Udo Weiber

Students: open to all BA-students of the University of Tübingen and to students from the University of Bucharest and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid within the CIVIS micro-programme "Civic Engagement"

Interested in joining the project?

Are you a B.A. student at one of the three CIVIS universities below?

  • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • University of Bucharest
  • University of Tübingen

Please have a look at the CIVIS micro-programme "Civic Engagement"

Project contact