About the blog

Welcome to the research blog of the KIT Center Humans and Technology.

The Center for Humans and Technology is interdisciplinary. The researchers, for example, are interested in sustainable development, sports science, innovative research methods or the new digital world of work. But all of them are concerned with the question of how the future of our society is changing. This is where the research blog comes in. Here, researchers write about why topics from their research are relevant for our future. The authors form their opinions on the basis of scientific publications and guided by findings from their own research. The research blog is at the moment directed at a German audience which is why the authors write their blog posts in German.

The editorial team

The team of authors consists of researchers from the various KIT institutes of the Centre for Humans and Technology. They suggest topics, write articles and help each other to revise the texts. In addition, there are always editorial conferences, at the moment these are virtual. There is also an editorial board, which we introduce here:

Porträtfoto von Annette Leßmöllmann
Credit: Nikola Haubner

Prof. Dr. Annette Leßmöllmann came up with the concept for this interdisciplinary weblog. She is part of the editorial board and spokesperson for the Department of Science Communication at the Institute of Technology Futures, as well as Vice Dean and Dean of Studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

Porträtfoto Ingrid Ott
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Prof. Dr. Ingrid Ott also helped develop the blog and is part of the editorial team. She is the scientific spokesperson of the Center for Humans and Technology and also holds the Chair of Economic Policy at KIT. Her research interests lie in the field of innovation and growth theory, cutting-edge technologies and regional development.

 

Porträtfoto Richard Beecroft
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Dr. Richard Beecroft is Managing Director of the KIT Center Humans and Technology and a member of the research group "Sustainability and Social Transformation" at the Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis. For him, the work on the blog is an opportunity to bring together science communication with an interdisciplinary exchange.

 

Porträtfoto Lena Puttfarcken
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Lena Puttfarcken is the editor of the blog. She is also doing her doctorate at the Institute of Technology Futures in the Science Communication department on the discourse around Covid-19 and works as a freelance journalist. For her, the blog is a chance to directly implement science communication and to get to know many different research areas.

How can I contact the editorial office?
If you have any questions or comments about our blog, please feel free to email the blog editor Lena Puttfarcken. She will get back to you.
How does the editorial process work?
The authors suggest topics they would like to write about. These can be topics that arise in their own research or that they would like to reflect on in a blog post, for example, because their research community is particularly concerned with a particular question at the moment. The authors post this topic suggestion in an internal MS Teams channel. There, all other members of the editorial team have the opportunity to comment on the topic or give tips.
The authors write the blog post, then someone from the editorial team proofreads it, gives criticism and tips on how to improve the text. Finally, the post ends up with the blog editor, who edits it and prepares it for publication. If everything is right for the author and the editor, the article goes online - usually in the middle of the month.
Can I also suggest a topic?
If you are doing research at KIT and you feel your topic would be a good fit for our blog, we'd love to hear from you. The best thing is to write a short email to the blog editor Lena Puttfarcken. Then we can discuss directly how we can include your topic.
May I use the texts of this blog?
Our blog contributions may be taken over by other blogs, online portals or media if they are not changed. In addition, the author(s) of the article and the KIT Center for Humans and Technology must be named. The contributions are licensed under the Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.