In a research project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies on Innovation in East Asia at the University of Duisburg-Essen has looked at how the innovation process is embedded in the societies of East Asia - in culture, institutions, and norms and values of each country – and focused on topics of electromobility and urban systems (physical space, sustainable urban development, social consequences). Innovation is examined here not only for its technical dimensions but for social embeddedness to help identify the characteristics of national innovation systems and better contribute to understanding how innovations spread in societies. Discussions will cover not only the similarities and differences between East Asian societies, but also European societies and other countries in an international comparison. Another focus was the study of transnational phenomena, i.e., the question of how innovations, institutions and ideas overcome national boundaries (institutional transfers).
At the end of the project, the research results will be presented to a specialist audience from politics, society, economics and academia in a joint symposium with the JDZB, and invited experts from East Asia and Europe will contribute toward discussions. Panels are planned for innovations in urban systems, for e-mobility and for “institutional transfers”.