The VDI-Professorship of Futures Studies


At the 1st January 2014 Daniel Barben started a professorship at the Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt. The VDI professorship was discontinued. Running projects will be continued. (See projects)


The Association of German Engineers (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure, VDI) has established a thematically new and pioneering professorship at the Institute of Political Science at RWTH Aachen University.

Futures Studies focus on interdisciplinary research in social, physical and engineering science aiming to improve societal embedding of scientific and technical innovations and enabling international methodological and conceptual profile building in this new field of research.

A key objective of this professorship is to advance the field of Futures Studies, especially with respect to global challenges and the role of science and technology in shaping future society.