Organisers: The Centre for Social Innovation and partner institutes

Zentrum für Soziale Innovation
ZSI is a scientific institute based in Vienna, Austria. It is pioneering social innovation and works in ever increasing international networks since its establishment in 1990. As an independent private non-profit organisation ZSI creates and disseminates knowledge and skills in thematic domains of pertinent relevance to a socially balanced unfolding of the global knowledge society:

  • Work and Equal Opportunities (A&C)
  • Research Policy and Development (F&E)
  • Technology and Knowledge (T&W)

In collaboration with SOQUA-partner institutes FORBA and SORA:

Forschungs- und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt
FORBA is an independent research institute specialising in social-science research on work and employment. The institute is interdisciplinary and international in character, looking back on long-term cooperation with researchers in the EU and overseas. In terms of their training and background, FORBA's academic staff cover sociology, political science, business administration and computer science, with research activities at the institute centring on both basic and applied research in these areas. Knowledge transfer aimed at translating research findings into social practice forms an integral part of the institute' s activities. FORBA wants to add to the knowledge available on work and employment and to provide policy advice with the aim of contributing to better working conditions.


Institute for Social Research and Consulting
SORA builds on many years of experience and consequent development of expertise and knowledge of methodology. As an established partner in European social science, SORA is at the forefront of expert debates and methodological innovation. We pass on our knowledge and our experience through university courses and training programmes. Since 2006 and in cooperation with the non-university institutes FORBA and ZSI, SORA has been organizing the SOQUA courses and seminars providing professional qualification in social sciences.


And, in the framework of the newly formed European School of Social Innovation, with:


sfs – Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund
sfs is one of the long established and major research centres for social sciences in Germany. Founded in 1946, the sfs has been a state institute of North Rhine Westphalia from 1972 to 2006. Since the beginning of the year 2007 sfs is a Central Scientific Institute of the Technische Universität Dortmund.


Supporting partners and networks

The soQua Summer School on Social Innovation is generously supported by the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research



Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung,

Media partners:

Austria Presse Agentur,

Der Standard,

Networking partners:

Austrian Annual Award for Social Innovation


Platform on social innovation in Europe, launched by the EC

Social Innovation eXchange, SIX