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Schleswig-Holstein in the Digital Age

Schleswig-Holstein im digitalen Zeitalter

The Global Economic Symposium (GES) presented a conference on "Schleswig-Holstein in the digital age" on 18 September 2017. Here, national and international voices from science, politics, business and society were brought together to highlight the challenges of digitization and to illuminate options for action; with a special focus on Schleswig-Holstein. The conference took place in the Schleswig-Holstein Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Kiel during the “Digitale Woche Kiel”.

The conference was organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, with the support of the Schleswig-Holstein Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the State Chancellery, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Labor, Technology and Tourism, the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and the City of Kiel.


Dr. Dennis Görlich
Head, Global Challenges Centre,
Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Kathrin Kupke
Project Manager, Global Economic Symposium


Main Theme:

September 18 and 19, 2017

About 300 guests from business, science, politics and civil society




  • Klaus-Hinrich Vater (Schleswig-Holstein Chamber of Industry and Commerce)
  • Daniel Günther (Minister-President, State Schleswig-Holstein)

Digitization - Global and Local Effects / International Perspective

New technological developments have had a major impact on economies and societies. Digitization is changing many aspects of our economies, e.g. production, consumption, finance, infrastructure or work. Which global trends and challenges do we face? How will they change globalization and international cooperation? What are the global trends for the regional and local economy?

  • Alessandro Bassi (Alessandro Bassi Consulting)
  • Julie Maupin (Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law)
  • Dennis J. Snower (Institute for the World Economy)
  • Dennis Görlich (Institute for the World Economy)

Digitization - Global and local effects / German and Schleswig-Holstein Perspective

German companies are increasingly affected by global digitization trends and must integrate digitalization into their business models. Old business models can change fundamentally through digitization and new ones can be added. How is digitization evaluated in Germany? What are the challenges? What are the implications for Schleswig-Holstein? What are the good conditions for Schleswig-Holstein companies in the digital age?

  • Norbert Basler (Basler AG)
  • Frank Bösenkötter (Dicide GmbH)
  • Robert Habeck (Ministry of Energy, Agriculture, Environment, Nature and Digitization, State Schleswig-Holstein)
  • Thomas Losse-Müller (Hertie School of Governance)

Work 4.0 and adaptation strategies in enterprises

Digitization will lead to structural change in the economy and to change in the work organization. New jobs emerge, with new competence requirements; old jobs are lost by automation, transitions must be designed; Forms of work are changing. What needs to be done in terms of qualifications and further training in order to make the change successful?

  • Ulrich Bähr (Heinrich Böll Foundation SH)
  • Christiane Ness (Business Academy Schleswig-Holstein)
  • Max Neufeind (German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs)
  • Anja C. Wagner (FrolleinFlow / flowcampus)
  • Andreas Wittke (Oncampus/FH Lübeck)
Cybersecurity / IT Security

The importance of the digital infrastructure will be comparable to the importance of the classical infrastructure. Your security must be ensured so that the digitization can exploit its full potential. How can a coherent package of international law, regulation of Internet-of-Things equipment and data security be created? What security do companies need?

  • Johann Bizer (Dataport)
  • Wilhelm Dolle (KPMG)
  • André Hojka (Vater Group of Companies); DiWiSH)
  • Florian Kohlar (KPMG) ‐ Live Hacking Demonstration
  • Franz von Weizsäcker (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ))
  • Sven Thomsen (State Government Schleswig-Holstein)
The contribution of digitization to the German “Energiewende” - In cooperation with the Leibniz Research Association Energiewende - 

Digitalization promises new possibilities for decentralization, flexibility and efficient use of energy, and in particular electricity, in the context of energy demand. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as smart grid, smart meter and smart home can be used to capture energy supply and demand promptly and to harmonize the electricity networks, thus stabilizing the electricity networks even in times of fluctuating renewable energy and reducing power losses. Through the ICT-based linking of electricity, heat and mobility and the possible optimization of the energy system, digitalization can contribute to decarbonisation.

  • Reiner Buss (IBB Professional Engineering)
  • Fabian Reetz (Stiftung Neue Verantwortung e.V.)
  • Dirk Wittowsky (Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development)
  • Sonja Peterson (Institute for the World Economy)

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Digitalization allows new products, processes and business models for established companies and start-ups, but also intensifies competition and innovation pressure. How do innovations in the digital age develop? How can stakeholders be more effectively involved? Will the requirements for successful founders change with the digitization? What new opportunities are there for established and young companies?

    • Kevin Boudreau (Northeastern University) (angefragt)
    • Friederike C. Kühn (IHK zu Lübeck und IHK Schleswig‐Holstein)
    • Alexander Ohrt (
    • Christina Raasch (Kühne Logistics University – KLU)
    • Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff (Ministry of Economy, Transport, Labor, Technology and Tourism)
    Industry 4.0 - Requirements in sectors and value chains

    Modern manufacturing methods (e.g., 3D printing), the Internet of Things, as well as technology-driven platforms, revolutionize the industry. What are the requirements for companies that want to use these new technologies? How can they arm themselves for the changes?

    • Henning Bähren (punker GmbH)
    • Alexander Bode (IFOK)
    • Klaus Lebert (Kiel University of Applied Sciences)
    • Christian Wiele (gezeitenraum)
    • Thomas Losse-Müller (Hertie School of Governance)
    The potential of blockchain technology

    Blockchain technology offers enormous potential to revolutionize the accounting and administration of property. This offers great opportunities for transparency and inclusiveness. The digital currency Bitcoin is only the most prominent example of a wide range of applications, including the management of emission rights or patent rights. What is the blockchain and what does the technology offer to you?

    • Julie Maupin (Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law)
    • Guido Warlimont (Institute for the World Economy)



    Organizer: in Cooperation with:

    Institut für Weltwirtschaft


    Der echte Norden

    Kiel Sailing City
    Knowledge Partners:

    Next Generation Partner:


    Friede Springer Stiftung



    Supported by:

    Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft