Tour plan

aiport signs pointing to international departures and domestic departures

From June 2019 until May 2021, we had planned to be touring around the world (with a focus on France, Japan, and the US) reaching out to international partners interested in creating solutions for the future of work – and then the pandemic hit. Some events took place on-site, others were moved online and yet others had to be rescheduled. Some of you have already had the opportunity to meet our top-class research networks and share ideas, expert knowledge or innovative technologies. If you haven't met us yet: Don’t hesitate to contact your favorite research network or our campaign office. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Tour plan 2021

Here’s a list of virtual workshops offered by our scientific networks in 2021. All events are free of charge, however, make sure you sign up early as virtual seats may be limited.

Event title: “New Technologies and the Future of Work”
French-German Online Talk on cooperation in science, technology and innovation

Date: 27 May 2021

Host: French Chamber of Commerce and Industry; AMTT, Fraunhofer IAPT


Description:  Join this in-depth online talk with international experts from research and industry to explore how the work of engineering and production is changing.

The focus will be on trends in design engineering for Additive Manufacturing by experts from Fraunhofer Research Institution for Additive Production Technologies (IAPT) in Hamburg, Stellantis (former Peugeot, Fiat Chrysler) as well as Ecole de Nantes.

Another highlight will be the virtualized labs and production facilities – the so called “digital twin” – of Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) and Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) in Stuttgart.

What´s in for participants?

If you want to boost your 3D printing by biometic design, panelist Jochen Loock from the research network AMTT (Additive Manufacturing Technology Transfer) will offer tips and tricks. He will also share why building design skills is so important in additive manufacturing, but so difficult to learn.

Panelist Yeama Bangali (research network FutureWork360) will showcase the vast opportunities offered by virtual lab worlds and their attractive solutions for future industrial work, mechanical engineering, teaching purposes as well as facility management. Don´t miss her tour of the digital twin of Fraunhofer´s well-known Future-of-Work innovation labs in Stuttgart.

The virtual event is hosted by the German-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The research initiatives AMTT and FutureWork360 are part of the international “Future of Work campaign”, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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Key details:

Date: 27 May 2021

Time: 12:30-13:30pm CET

Length: 60 minutes

Moderator: Joris Peels, Executive Editor at

Past Events

Event title: “3rd Workshop on Transforming Big Data into Actionable Knowledge (BiDAW)”

Date: 19 April 2021

Host: BridgeUS


Description: The workshop, offered by Prof. Mahmed Bohlouli and the expert network “BridgeUS”, sees itself as a think tank for users and researchers with the aim of helping companies from a wide range of industries to make better business decisions through meaningfully processed data. Talks and discussions will be guided to demonstrate and brainstorm scientific and industrial contributions from German scientists and companies in the use of semantic web technologies, big data, AI, and actionable knowledge.

Event title: FutureWork 360 International Open Lab Day

Date: 16 April 2021, 9-12 am CET

Host: FutureWork 360


Description: On this “International Open Lab Day” you are invited to visit Fraunhofer´s large Demonstrator World, experience the look and feel of the industrial workplace of the future, and talk to experts about innovations coming along with Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence and the smart factory of the future.

Online Talk: How can Germany and Japan shape the future of work together?

Join this expert online talk with researchers from Germany and Japan to discuss how digitalisation and artificial intelligence can have a positive influence on the future of our work!

The virtual event hosted by DWIH Tokio (German Centre for Research and Innovation Tokyo) will feature panelists from the four German Japan-targeted research initiatives DIGIMARI (Digital Manufacturing Research Initiative), GRANITE (German Research Ambassadors Network for Industrial Technology Endeavors), MEJOIN (Japanese German Mechatronic Joint Initiative) and PADERO (Participatory Design in Robotics for Elderly Care in Germany and Japan). They are all part of the German “Future of Work campaign”, funded by the Federal German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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Key details:

Date: 6 April 2021

Time: 17:00 pm JST/10:00 am CEST

Length: 60 minutes

Presenter: Axel Karpenstein, DWIH Tokyo

Sponsor: DWIH Tokyo, Federal German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Topics: Digitalisation, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Future Work Environments, Research Collaboration

Price: Free

Event title: “New Technologies and the Future of Work”
German-American Online Talk on cooperation in science, technology and innovation

Date: 22 March 2021

Host: Future of Work Campaign / University of Bremen


Description: The “Future of Work campaign” for an international panel discussion on current US-German research and innovation endeavours including future prospects of bilateral cooperations. Panelists include

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Beetz, University of Bremen, Transatlantic AI-based Robotics, TransAIR
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mahdi Bohlouli, University of Siegen, BridgeUS: The AI and Big Data Research: Towards future's Autonomous Digital World
  • Dr. Igor Kogut, Hohenstein Institut für Textilinnovation gGmbH, Future of work in laundry 4.0, IntWash
  • Esther Legant, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology: Enterprising for a better (working) world, KIT Link
  • Dr. Sabine Blankenship, Senior Advisor for Science and Technology, German Consulate General San Francisco

Agenda: download PDF

Event title: Cognitive Architecture for Robot Agents: Current Capabilities, Future Enhancements, and Prospects for Collaborative Development

Date: 22-28 March 2021

Host: TransAIR


Description: Cognitive architecture is considered by many researchers worldwide to be the supreme discipline in AI-based robotics. It seeks to develop robotic systems suitable for everyday use and give them the ability to solve problems. But it's not trivial to translate our human cognitive abilities into such a highly formalized form that they can be the basis of a computer program. Prof. Michael Beetz and his international TransAIR team invite you to the workshop to initiate cross-disciplinary collaborations and open up perspectives for collaborative development - ideally in an open-source framework.

beyondwork 2020 - European Conference on Labour Research
21-22 October 2020
online event

What does the transformation of work mean for people? How can companies best prepare their employees? How can digitalisation and artificial intelligence improve the working life of employees in hospitals, nursing homes, laundries and industrial production facilities?

These were just some of the topics discussed at beyondwork 2020, the European conference on labour research, which took place online from 21-22 October.

AI Expo Tokyo
1-3 April 2020
Tokyo, Japan

Event cancelled!

The Future of Work @DWIH Tokyo

31 March 2020
Tokyo, Japan

Event replaced by 'Web Live Talk'
Video footage & presentations available!

The event in Tokyo was replaced by a 'Web Live Talk' on 31 March, 16:00 Tokyo time | 09:00 CEST.

TransatlanticSync - Germany & Silicon Valley: Shaping a shared digital future
October 27 - 29, 2019
Mountain View, USA

Ten German research networks reached out to partners for joint R&D projects in the area of Work 4.0 at the Transatlantic Sync conference held in Silicon Valley from 27 to 29 October 2019.

BMBF-Forum International – The Future of Work

The "BMBF-Forum International – The Future of Work" took place on May 21 - 22, 2019 in Berlin as a prelude to the Federal Research Ministry's international campaign "The Future of Work".

The aim of this interactive conference was to present our 10 top research networks and their innovative projects in France, Japan and USA. The event also aimed to develop synergies and new opportunities for cooperation of science and research organisations in an international environment.