A stakeholder survey to improve HiDALGO’s services is online now

HiDALGO is a Centre of Excellence on Global Challenges funded by the EC. The project partners develop novel methods, algorithms and software for high-performance computing (HPC), high-performance data analysis (HPDA) and artificial intelligence (AI) to accurately model and simulate the complex processes, which arise in connection with major global challenges.

The offerings of the EU project HiDALGO - tackling global challenges - are online now

HiDALGO is a Centre of Excellence on Global Challenges funded by the EC. The project partners develop novel methods, algorithms and software for high-performance computing (HPC), high-performance data analysis (HPDA) and artificial intelligence (AI) to accurately model and simulate the complex processes, which arise in connection with major global challenges.

HiDALGO’s offerings are now online at

A new project develops recommendations for long-term risk communication in the current COVID-19-crisis

RiCoRT aims at providing a long-term SARS-CoV-2 risk communication manual, based on empirical evidence, risk communication experience and a consensus among communication experts. Effective communication will help to reduce risks to health and life and can contribute to a better health record in the current COVID-19 crisis. Two groups will be addressed in a survey and with focus group methods: Young adults (between 18 and 30) and elderly people (50-70).

A new book about participation in planning processes has been published

The basis of an informed discourse is mediation and participation. This requires an interaction between experts and citizens where diverging beliefs, values, fears, and interests of all participants (as authorities, city planning, environmental groups, NGOs, and citizens) come to the table. The participation process must merge with the political planning process to ensure the recommendations  - as an outcome of the participation process –  matter. Success factors can be shown from international studies and various environmental conflict resolutions in Germany.

HiDALGO developed a local Flu and Coronavirus Simulator (FACS)

A Flu And Coronavirus Simulator (FACS) is being developed as a collaborative effort between the EU project HiDALGO and the Brunel Computer Science Department.

Using this agent-based model, which is updated on a daily basis,  allows to model the Covid-19 spread on a local level. Furthermore, the effect of public health interventions can be estimated. Such models, once verified and validated, can help to support local decision-making for an effective response to the epidemic.

Positionspapier für eine stärkere Einbindung von RRI in Horizont Europa

Numerous EU-funded projects on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), amongst them the PROSO-project which was coordinated by DIALOGIK, signed a Joint Declaration subsequent to the “Pathways to Transformation” conference in June 2019. At this conference, leading RRI researchers and practitioners, together with policy makers and stakeholder organisations, discussed the state-of-the-art and future perspectives for RRI. Many of the conference participants expressed their concern about an uncertain future for RRI in the EC.

The EU-project RECIPES has published its first Policy Brief on precaution and innovation

"Precaution and Innovation: Exploring Collaboratively a Significant Relationship" is the title of the first Policy Brief of the EU-project RECIPES which has recently been published and edited by DIALOGIK. The Policy Brief compiles the main findings of the RECIPES stock-taking report on the application of the precautionary principle (PP) from 2000 to 2019 and the launch of the term ‘innovation principle’ in 2013.

Book chapter: Options for shifting to sustainable mobility in the Ruhr Area

In the Ruhr area, a project is coming to an end that regional actors celebrate as a work of the century: the renaturation of the river Emscher, which for decades used to be an open sewer. The renaturation of the Emscher is much more than a major project in terms of wastewater treatment and natural recovery. Rather, the project is embedded in a regional development concept not least aiming at raising potentials for a mobility transition. But what do the local residents think about rebuilding the Emscher?

Video: Innovating responsibly with citizens

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) has been promoted in recent years as a concept for aligning innovation processes with social values and needs. RRI integrates stakeholders into innovation processes to minimize potential risks and maximize market adoption as well as helping industries to innovate more responsibly and democratically. Focussing on citizens, DIALOGIK researcher Rainer Kuhn elaborates in a video interview on the criteria for a successful engagement of lay people and users.

Pilot project „NETZlabor (GRIDlab) Hydrogen-Island“ tackles the renewable energy storage problem

With the "Hydrogen-Island" (Wasserstoff-Insel) Netze BW, the largest  distribution grid operator in the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg, has started an innovative flagship project for the energy transition (Energiewende). DIALOGIK supports as a subcontractor to Netze BW with citizen information and dialogue events and reaching out to the public. The aim of the Netze BW-project is to demonstrate that hydrogen amounts of up to 30% by volume are already today technically possible in large parts of the gas supply.

Interactive Workshop: “High Performance Computing and Big Data Technologies for Global Systems”

The HiDALGO project invites to the “HPC and Big Data Technologies for Global Systems Interactive Workshop and Hands-on Session“.

The aim of the workshop is to attract and bring together different stakeholders from the High Performance Computing (HPC) and Big Data arena, from researchers to end users. It will take place on 21 January 2020 in Bologna in the frame of the HiPEAC conference.

The project "TransformBar" will continue to have an impact after the end of its funding period

Before the year 2019 comes to an end and with it the funding period of "TransformBar", we would like to take a brief look back, but also venture an outlook! Much of what was initiated in the project will continue in 2020.

In Treuenbrietzen a position for citizen participation was created and principles for citizen information and participation were passed.

New publication on participatory modelling

The involvement of practitioners in transdisciplinary sustainability research imposes special demands on the organisation of the research process. Approaches of participatory modelling claim to improve the quality of models and simulations and the scientific knowledge gained from them by using the expertise of practitioners and stakeholders, and to increase the traceability and understanding of scientific results among the actors involved.

LIV_IN: Webinars on social Robotics & co-designing with and for visually impaired people

Join the LIV_IN project for the upcoming live webinars in october:  


Will robots care for us?

Webinar date: October 2, 2019 at 14:00 CEST

Together with TanteLouise, dutch pioneers in care robotics, LIV_IN partner SmartHomes explored in a co-creation session the usefulness and desirability of automated caregiving. Join this exciting webinar to:

Project initiative with DIALOGIK participation belongs to winners of Energy Transition competition

With "Living Labs for Energy Transition", sustainable energy technologies could be tested under real-world conditions and on an industrial scale. Within the project initiative "H2-Wyhlen", DIALOGIK participated in a consortium led by power company Energiedienst plc which took part in an idea competition launched by German Federal Ministry for Economic Affaires and Energy (BMWi).

New newsletter of the HiDALGO project available: Tackling Global Challenges by using High Performance Computing

“Nowadays, it is very difficult to live isolated and solve certain challenges individually, as their size and impact are, probably, beyond our area of influence. This is the case in Global Challenges, which is the topic addressed by HiDALGO“ states Francisco Javier Nieto (ATOS Research and Innovation), coordinator of the EU project HiDALGO in the recently published newsletter. 

Order of Merit of the Land Baden-Württemberg to Director of DIALOGIK

As recognition of his outstanding achievements in translating science into policy taking into account the perspectives and interests of a diversity of groups and individuals, including members of the wider public, Professor Ortwin Renn, Director of DIALOGIK, has been awarded the Order of Merit of the state of Baden-Württemberg on 18 May 2019 by Prime Minister Kretschmann. The Order of Merit was awarded by Winfried Kretschmann to 18 outstanding personalities.

LIV_IN project hosts Virtual Summit on RRI

On June 11-12,2019, the EU-funded project “Living Innovation” (LIV_IN) hosts a Virtual Summit on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) for Smart Homes and Smart Health. At this event, high-level experts will explore how new technologies that will affect our future daily living can be designed in an inclusive and sustainable way. The key approach pursued in LIV_IN for implementing RRI is the co-creation of new technologies between companies and citizens.

Three years "TransformBar" - An Invitation

The project TransformBar celebrates three exciting and educational years in which municipal participation concepts have been tested and disseminated through local exchange events and the transfer platform The project was funded within the BMBF program "Kommunen innovativ". The municipalities of Münsingen and Treuenbrietzen cooperated with researchers from DIALOGIK, environmental psychologists from e-fect dialog evaluation consulting eG, and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.