Innovation & Diversity



Language of Instruction: English 

Type: Seminar

Registration dates from Sept. 01st, 2021, 00:00 until October 10th, 2021, 23:59.



The seminar "Innovation & Diversity" deals with the context between the development of sustainable innovations and diversity. Diversity is considered from two different perspectives. The seminar reflects both, an internal perspective (diversity management, change management, innovation management, corporate social responsibility) and an external perspective (greenwashing, ethics, sustainability).

On the basis of concrete examples from application-related projects, the resulting need to consider different diversity categories in the individual disciplines will be developed and discussed in plenary sessions.

Intended Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, students are able to understand the connection between diversity, innovation and their own subject as well as the transfer to practical examples and learning content of other disciplines.

They are able to explain these concepts, critically reflect on them and apply them analytically to a concrete case. Students are able to give a scientific presentation and/or write a scientific research paper.


Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals 5, 9 and 10 Copyright: © UN

The seminar provides a theoretical overview regarding Diversity Management and Human-Centered-Design (SDG 5, 10) and ethics in engineering (SDG 9, 10). With a focus on industry and innovation (SDG 9), the seminar introduces concepts and terms related to corporate responsibility and sustainability, establishes the link between innovation management and diversity and discusses the implementation of change management approaches.

The overall goal is to train socially responsible engineers. In order to achieve this goal, students apply the theoretical principles by applying them to case studies and, finally, write a scientific groupwork on a topic of their choice.

Explore all teaching and research activities at GDI concerning these goals:

SDG 5: Gender Equality

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities