Headline: The IASS Incubator

The IASS is a place where new ideas are discussed and tested. Two initiatives in particular have been established to support the generation and development of new perspectives and activities. One is the Fellowship Programme , which provides a constant influx of individuals with fresh perspectives. The second initiative is the Incubator, which provides a space for innovative ideas, topics, and issues that cannot be addressed within current projects and serves as a means to harvest synergies between different work streams.

Societal or political developments may provide interesting opportunities for the creation of Incubator initiatives. Topics may range from important political processes to current events. In addition, the Incubator serves as an “experimental space” in order to test out ideas, new modes of research, and methods. It opens a space for “riskier ventures”, including possibly unsuccessful, but valuable learning experiences. Finally, by offering a common space for exploring joint ideas and approaches, the Incubator provides an opportunity for cross-institute cooperation.  
Any person working at the IASS can submit an idea to the Coordinator of the Incubator. These are then discussed by the Research Integration Committee and approved by the Directors.

Ideas provided by a group of people across different projects are encouraged. They do not necessarily need to be aligned with the institute’s current research programme, but need to fit into the overall strategic development of the IASS. A focus will be on “horizon issues”, i.e. topics within the general frame of work of the institute that are emerging and not yet addressed and may potentially be integrated into the research programme.

Completed projects:

  • Christian Felber: Mandatory Reporting on Corporate Sustainability Performance

    For customers, investors and consumers alike, it can make a difference whether a company operates sustainably and adheres to ethical and ecological standards. Standardized and verifiable reports are needed so that companies can provide credible and verifiable evidence of their ability to walk the talk of sustainability. Reporting standards should present corporate contributions to sustainable development in manner that facilitates comparison and be universally applicable to companies of all sizes and types.

    Press release / Study (in German)
  • Dirk von Schneidemesser: Air Quality, Mobility and Democracy: transdisciplinary research on the urban mobility transition

    Evidence from other countries suggests that more room for pedestrians and cyclists is good for business on urban shopping streets. Nonetheless, businesses in Germany often oppose measures that make more space for walking and cycling. We interviewed business actors and customers to learn about the links between perceived mobility, actual mobility behavior, and how this affects the perspective on sustainable transport infrastructure.

    Study / IASS Tuesday Talk: Mobility, Consumer Behavior, and Retailer Perceptions