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Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost

Principal Investigator
Gesche Joost

Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost is Professor of Design Research at the UdK Berlin and heads the Design Research Lab. With international partners, she develops research and teaching projects on issues in a digital society, including wearable computing and social-digital participation.

In 2006 she was one of the "100 Faces of Tomorrow" in the German government initiative "Germany – Land of Ideas"; in 2009 she received the Young Scientists Award from the governing mayor of Berlin. She is chair-woman of the German Association for Design Theory and Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Designtheorie und -forschung  e.V. .) and a member of the executive board of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).

From 2014 to 2018, she was the Internet Ambassador of the Federal Government to the European Commission and has been a member of the Supervisory Board at SAP since 2015. She is a member of the EKD and the Goethe Institute.

Since 2016, she has been a founding member of Calliope gGmbH, which aims to pro-vide digital education to German children starting in the third grade using the Calliope minicomputer.

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Principal Investigator (PI) since 15 September 2022

Research Focus: Digital Technologies in Society

Research Group: Design, Diversität and New Commons


Until 14 September 2022

Research Group: Critical Maker Culture,

Research Group: Inequality and digital sovereignty

Committees and functions

  • Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts
  • Member of the Board of the Einstein Center Digital Future
  • Scientific Director for Interactive Textiles, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) Berlin
  • Member of the Supervisory Board ING
  • Member of the Supervisory Board Ottobock
  • Member of the Supervisory Board SAP
  • Member of the Board of the German National Academic Foundation
  • Member of the Goethe Institute
  • Member of the Future Council Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
  • Member of the selection committee "AI in Higher Education" (BMBF)
  • Member of the board of the German Society for Design Theory and Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Designtheorie und -forschung e. V.)
  • Member of the "Invite - Digital Continuing Education" selection committee (BMBF)
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Telekom Foundation

Fields of research

  • Designforschung
  • Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion
  • Gender und Diversity in der Technologie-Entwicklung
  • Soziale Nachhaltigkeit
  • Gesellschaftliche Partizipation



Modellprojekt NRW – Bürger vernetzen Nachbarschaften (MBWSV NRW)

Mit-Mach-Brandis – Bürgerbeteiligung von Übermorgen (SMI)

DAAN – Design Adaptiver Ambienter Notifikationsumgebungen (BMBF)

Innovationscluster BeMobil: Entwicklung assistiver Technologien AAL (BMBF)

Universität der Künste Berlin, Design Research Lab
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