Dr. Bernd Beckert

Deputy Head Competence Center Emerging Technologies

Bernd Beckert studied Political and Communications Science at the University of Konstanz, Germany and the Portland State University in Oregon, USA. 1997-2000 he was a 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 digital technologies in Germany and the United States of America. He holds a doctoral degree from Technical University Munich with a thesis comparing Internet developments and diffusion patterns in Germany and the U.S. Since 2001 he is a researcher and project coordinator at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, since 2008 he is also Deputy Head of the Competence Center “Emerging Technologies”.

    • 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
    • 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
    • Broadband strategies in Europe: Learning from the Leaders. A cross-country comparison of successful FTTH-rollouts.
    • The Way into the Gigabit Society. How Broadband Networks Enable Future Innovations.
    • Analysis of the European software and Internet services sector: How can Europe become the new global software and Internet powerhouse? Policy recommendations for the European Commission.
    • Digitising SMEs in Baden-Wurttemberg - Competence Center Stuttgart.
    • Evaluation of the impacts of the research programme FET Open (FET_TRACES).