Digitalisation is fundamentally changing our conception of knowledge. Volunteers are using the internet to develop open source software – on a decentralised and self-organised basis – or they are working on creating the biggest library in the history of humankind. Within citizen science projects, citizens are supporting scientists in gaining new insights and digital technologies are increasingly supporting learning in schools and universities. In the future, the question will arise of what role artificial intelligence will play in political and scientific decision making.


Research Programme III – The Knowledge Dimension deals with topics at the intersection of digitalisation and knowledge and explores how digitalisation is transforming the production, management and distribution of knowledge.
The goal of the research programme is to conduct excellent interdisciplinary research. Besides scientific publications, the programme offers transfer benefits by developing teaching and communication strategies.


Currently, the programme focuses on two thematic priorities:

Innovation in higher education
Thematic priority I discusses innovation in higher education. In cooperation with Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, the goal is to produce empirical and international case studies that show the impact of integrating digital teaching and learning innovations on universities and learning success.

Transfer of knowledge and Impact
Thematic priority II deals with the societal impact of scientific research. Within this project, researchers will develop a multidimensional quantitative system of indicators to measure the impact of the sciences and will test these indicators for selected periods of time. The setting up of the blog elephaninthelab.org has established a platform that discusses new forms of impact. In addition, a teaching concept has been developed in cooperation with Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0.