Dr. Bernd Beckert

Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Deputy Head Competence Center Emerging Technologies

Experience

Studied Political and Communications Science at the University of Konstanz, Germany and the Portland State University in Oregon, USA

1997-2000: Researcher at the Department for Applied Computer Science at the University of Bremen, Germany where he did empirical research on the different uptake patterns of new interactive media applications (advanced telecommunications services, broadband Internet, interactive TV)

2001: Dr. phil. from Technical University Munich with a thesis comparing the multimedia developments and diffusion patterns of digital media in Germany and the U.S.

Since 2001: Researcher and project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Since 2008: Deputy Head of the Competence Center Emerging Technologies

Work Focus

  • Analysis of research policy approaches and instruments in Europe and on national level 

  • Development patterns, diffusion and use of new media

  • Consequences of the convergence development in the media and IT sector concerning new business opportunities and new usage patterns

  • Market analysis in the IT-industry on regional, national and international level

  • Organizational changes as requirement for successful IT implementation and economic changes as a result of the Internet development

  • Evaluation of government programmes to support the IT and media industry

  • Software-supported scenario analysis and other forecasting and planning instruments

Further Reseach Areas

  • Future studies, technology foresights, innovation systems

  • media-economic consequences of the digitalisation, changing functions of new media

  • changing usage patterns, new role of interacitve media in the media mix, new media forms (entertainment, information, communications forms)

  • media sociology, media philosophy (media constructing realities and identities), concepts for the information society

Publications

Ralf Lindner, Ralf, Daimer, Stephanie; Beckert, Bernd; Heyen, Nils; Koehler, Jonathan; Warnke, Philine; Wydra, Sven, Teufel, Benjamin (2015): Addressing orientation failure: conceptual thoughts on how to integrate directionality in the systems of innovation heuristic. Extendred Abstract. In:  Suominen, Arho; Toivanen, Hannes; Nieminen, Mika (eds.) (2015): The Book of Abstracts for the 2015 Annual Conference of the EU-SPRI Forum. Innovation policies for economic and social transitions: Developing strategies for knowledge, practices and organizations. Helsinki, pp. 318-321, http://euspri-helsinki2015.org/?page_id=270

Beckert, Bernd; Gotsch, Matthias; Thielmann, Axel; Reiss, Thomas (2015): Social Network Analysis. In: Enzing; Christien; Mahieu, Bea; Poel, Martijn et al.: Ex post evaluation and impact assessment of funding in the FP7 NMP thematic area. Annex Report. Brussels: European Commission, DG Research, pp. 105-120, http://ec.europa.eu/research/industrial_technologies

Beckert, Bernd (2014): Distributional effects of emerging technologies in Germany: analysis based on two case studies. In: Cozzens, Susan; Thakur, Dhanaraj (eds.): Innovation and Inequality: Emerging Technologies in an Unequal World. Cheltenham; Northhampton: Edward Elgar, pp. 225-263.

Beckert, Bernd; Riehm, Ulrich (2013): Breitbandversorgung, Medienkonvergenz, Leitmedien. Strukturwandel der Massenmedien und Herausforderungen für die Medienpolitik. Reihe: Studien des TAB, Bd. 36. Berlin: edition sigma.

Beckert, Bernd; Schuhmacher, Jana (2013): Szenarien für die Gigabitgesellschaft. Wie die Digitalisierung die Gesellschaft verändert. Stuttgart: Fraunhofer Verlag IRB

Beckert, Bernd; Schaper-Rinkel, Petra (2013): Breaking the boundaries of traditional research funding policies. Paper presented at the EU-SPRI Conference 2013 in Madrid, http://www.euspri-madrid2013.org/papers.php

Beckert, Bernd (2012): Gesamtwirtschaftliche Potenziale intelligenter Netze in Deutschland. Studie für den Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien (BITKOM), Dezember, http://www.bitkom.org/de/publikationen/38338_74495.aspx

Beckert, Bernd; Friedewald, Michael; Schaper-Rinkel, Petra et al. (2012): Share Your Dream. Towards a New Model of Open Collaborative Research in Europe. Summary Report of the Study for the European Commission "Boosting the Exploratory Power of Open Research in Future and Emerging Technologies". Online: www.fetopen.isi-projects.de

Beckert, Bernd; Lindner, Ralf; Goos, Kerstin; Hennen, Leonhard; Aichholzer, Georg; Strauß, Stefan (2011): E-public, e-participation and e-voting in Europe – Prospects and challenges. Final Report of the STOA Project "E-Democracy: Technical possibilities of the use of electronic voting and other Internet tools in European elections". European Parliament, Science and Technology Options Assessment STOA: Brussels/Strasbourg, September.

Beckert, Bernd (2011): Network Neutrality From an Innovation Research Perspective. In: Proceedings of the 50th FITCE International Congress in Palermo, Italy, August 31 to September 3, 2011, pp. 176-180, online: http://publica.fraunhofer.de/dokumente/N-182441.html

Beckert, Bernd (2011): From complex data to consistent narratives. In: Procceeedings of the ICSTI Public Conference 2011, June 7-8, Beijing. Ed. by the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) and the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC), Beijing, China, pp. 411-427.

Beckert, Bernd; Gransche, Bruno; Warnke, Philine; Blümel, Clemens (2011): Mensch-Technik-Grenzverschiebung. Perspektiven für ein neues Forschungsfeld. Stuttgart: Fraunhofer IRB.

Beckert, Bernd (2011): Zukunftsthemen der Neurowissenschaften - Ergebnisse eines Foresight-Prozesses. In: NeuroForum 1/11, pp. 35-38.

Beckert, Bernd, Blümel, Clemens (2009): Neurowissenschaften. In: Cuhls, Kerstin; Ganz, Walter; Warnke, Philine (2009): Foresight-Prozess im Auftrag des BMBF. Etablierte Zukunftsfelder und ihre Zukunftsthemen. Karlsruhe/Stuttgart: Fraunhofer ISI und Fraunhofer IAO, pp. 192-207.

Andler, Daniel; Barthelmé, Simon; Beckert, Bernd et. al. (2008): Converging Technologies and their impact on the Social Sciences and Humanities. An analysis of critical issues and a suggestion for a future research agenda. Final Report of the CONTECS project. May, www.contecs.fraunhofer.de/images/ files/contecs_report_agenda.pdf

Beckert, Bernd; Goluchowicz, Kerstin; Kimpeler, Simone (Hrsg.) (2008): Die IT- und Medienwelt in Baden-Württemberg im Jahr 2020. Vier Basisszenarien. FAZIT Forschungsbericht Nr. 16, September. Stuttgart: MFG.

Hartmann, Bernd; Buchholz, Andrea; Beckert, Bernd (Hrsg.) (2008): Sicherheit durch IT. Marktchancen und Herausforderungen für Baden-Württemberg. FAZIT Forschungsbericht Nr. 14, August. Stuttgart: MFG.

Beckert, Bernd; Bührer, Susanne; Lindner, Ralf (2008): Verläufe und Motive von "Seitenwechseln": Intersektorale Mobilität als Form des Wissenstransfers zwischen Forschung und Anwendung. In: Mayntz, Renate; Neidhardt , Friedhelm; Weingart , Peter; Wengenroth, Ulrich (2008): Wissensproduktion und Wissenstransfer. Wissen im Spannungsfeld von Wissenschaft, Politik und Öffentlichkeit. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag. pp. 313-339.