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Welcome to ZIRIUS!

ZIRIUS, the Stuttgart Research Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies is a cross-faculty research center at the University of Stuttgart. The central task of the Center is to stimulate, coordinate and conduct research projects on the following topics:
  • Research on risk analysis, risk management and risk communication in the context of globalization and mutual interdependence with a focus on environmental, climate and health risks.
  • Innovation research on the socio-economic and institutional conditions of (technological) innovation processes, as well as on the economic, political, social and cultural conditions, including risks and opportunities, of socio-technical transformation processes.
  • Exploration and communication of the connections between ecological, economic, social and cultural expressions of future sustainable energy paths.
This site provides you with information about our work and our staff.

Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn


University of Stuttgart
Seidenstr. 36
70174 Stuttgart

Head of ZIRIUS:
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ortwin Renn
Prof. Dr. Burkhard Pedell
(Vice director)

Phone: ++49-711 / 685-83971
Phone: ++49-711 / 685-84295
Fax:       ++49-711 / 685-82487
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