69th GfA Spring Congress


Sustainable Working and Learning


Sustainable working and learning – this was the theme of the 69th Spring Congress of the Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft, abbreviated GfA, at Leibniz Universität Hannover. 

Sustainability is mainly expressed in the medium- and long-term consequences of our actions. A large part of our actions takes place in the area of work, which needs to be planned and designed in this sense. For three days, we were able to deal with this exciting topic around human-oriented, physically and mentally healthy work, qualification, leadership, digitalization and AI.


The Institute of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics was there with representatives from all our departments. Marvin Goppold and Philip Schäfer presented their current research results on evaluating the limits of motion capture, while Vera Rick presented her findings on the influence of work interruptions on employee well-being. Both studies were conducted as part of the AKzentE4.0 research project. In addition, Fabian Willemsen's case study on the changes in work due to the use of data glasses in picking was discussed, which was conducted as part of the PartPro project, and the results of a study on the evaluation of a learning application for managers in healthcare were presented in the poster session, which was realized in the LUTZ project by Marisa Schirmer and Christina Mayer. Furthermore, Josephine Imorde presented an interview study with work councils from the KI-LIAS project, and Niklas Steireif provided a contribution on the design of agile organizational and team structures in the context of energy technology development as part of the FEN project DC Socio-Economics.

We enjoyed the exchange and networking at the 69th Spring Congress and are already looking forward to next year.

AKzentE4.0 is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the funding measure “Future of Work: Regional Competence Centers of Labor Research. Designing new forms of work through artificial intelligence” in the program “Innovations for tomorrow's production, services and work” (funding code: 02L19C400) and supervised by the Project Management Agency Karlsruhe (PTKA).

LUTZ is financed with funding provided by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) under the “Future of work” programme (funding number: 02L18B535) and implemented by the Project Management Agency Karlsruhe (PTKA). The author is responsible for the content of this publication.

KI-LIAS is funded by the BMAS – Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales (Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs) – as part of the INQA – Initiative Neue Qualität der Arbeit (New Quality of Work Initiative). The project is supported by the BAuA – Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health).

PartPro project “Partizipative und Prospektive Arbeitsgestaltung – reloaded” (Participative and Prospective Work Design – reloaded, funding code: 2018-447-1) is funded by the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung as part of the research network “Digitalisierung im Betrieb” (Digitalisation in the workplace).

The project “DC-Socio-Economics” is funded as a subproject of the Research Campus Flexible Electric Networks (FEN) by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (funding code: 03SF0592) and supervised by the project management organization Jülich.