Digital Transformation

Expert Group Digital Transformation


Digital technologies have tremendously gained importance over the last decades and bring about fundamental changes in all areas of society, including business and work environments, but also private communication and health care.

The process of ‘digital transformation’ and its consequences have been discussed comprehensively in economics, politics, science and the media. However, to date, a holistic approach that captures and integrates the perspectives of different stakeholders involved in the digital transformation, especially from business and science, has not been undertaken.


The ceres expert group on ‘Digital Transformation’ aims at facilitating this extended perspective by bringing together leading scholars from informatics, mathematical optimization, law, ethics, medicine and social sciences with business experts who actively participate in the process of digital transformation.

The expert group analyzes current aspects of digital transformation, applying inter- and transdisciplinary as well as participatory research methodologies.  In the long run, the expert group will facilitate a transfer of knowledge into society by providing social and political information and guidance to key stakeholders in business, politics and science.



Prof. Dr. Christiane Woopen
Executive Director of ceres, University of Cologne / Research Unit Ethics, Medical Faculty of the University of Cologne

Prof. Dr. Christian Rietz
Mixed Methods Research, University of Education Heidelberg

Dr. Friedrich von Bohlen und Halbach
CEO, dievini Hopp BioTech holding GmbH & Co. KG

Prof. Luciano Floridi
Director of Research, Oxford Internet Institute / Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, University of Oxford

Karl-Heinz Land
Managing Director, neuland GmbH & Co. KG, Köln

Dr. Thorsten Lang
Head of Empirics and Surveys
Cologne Institute for Economic Research Consult GmbH

Prof. Dr. Claudia Linnhoff-Popien
Chair of Mobile and Distributed Systems, Institute for Informatics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Frank Pörschmann
Managing Partner iDIGMA GmbH

Prof. Dr. Christoph Rosenkranz
Professor of Integrated Information Systems, University of Cologne

Dr. Raimund Schmolze
Vice President Research & Innovation, Telekom Innovation Laboratories, Berlin

Dr. Thomas Schleiermacher
Referee of Empirics and Methods
Cologne Institute for Economic Research Consult GmbH

Prof. Dr. Andreas Speer
Speaker of the Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH)
Head of the Working Group ‚E-Humanities‘ (electronic publishing) of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities

Prof. Dr. iur. Indra Spiecker gen. Döhmann, LL.M. (Georgetown)
Chair in Public Law, Information Law, Environmental Law, Legal Theory, Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main