SCIENTIFIC COOPERATION ENGINEERING IN THE CLUSTER OF EXCELLENCE INTEGRATIVE PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY FOR HIGH-WAGE COUNTRIES AT RWTH AACHEN UNIVERSITY

C. Jooss1, F. Welter1, I. Leisten1, A. Richert1, A. Schaar2, A. Calero Valdez2, E.M. Nick3, U. Prahl3, U. Jansen4, W. Schulz4, M. Ziefle2, S. Jeschke1

1IMA/ZLW & IfU - RWTH Aachen University (GERMANY)
2Human Technology Centre (HUMTEC) (GERMANY)
3Department of Ferrous Metallurgy - RWTH Aachen University (GERMANY)
4Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT (GERMANY)
Interdisciplinary scientific cooperation plays a decisive role for the generation of new knowledge. The augmenting dynamic and complexity of scientific forms of cooperation require new approaches for interlinking people and knowledge from different disciplines to enable people for succeeding in interdisciplinary cooperation. Concerning the case of the cluster of excellence Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries at RWTH Aachen University this challenge is addressed by cross sectional processes (CSP). CSP are supporting networking processes and strategic cluster development by means of learning and knowledge management. Through cross-sectional activities, a new method for knowledge and organizational development was identified – scientific cooperation engineering. It aspires to support the transfer of highly complex, dynamic and interdisciplinary research cooperation into sustainable and robust structures. The design of scientific cooperation engineering will be outlined in this position paper.