Transformation of Infrastructure Systems

Transformation of Infrastructure Systems

Graduiertenkolleg KRITIS (TU Darmstadt)
TU Darmstadt
Vom - Bis
04.11.2021 - 05.11.2021
Laura Marie Höss, TU Darmstadt

With this CfP, the interdisciplinary Research Training Group KRITIS invites researchers and practitioners to participate in its international conference. The second international conference of the Research Training Group is dedicated to the topic of transformations of infrastructure systems and will take place as an online conference from November 4th to 5th, 2021.

Transformation of Infrastructure Systems

The dynamic and changing nature of infrastructure systems is one of the central themes of the Research Training Group KRITIS. Our aim is to describe, understand, and explain transformation processes of infrastructures. Therefore, the second international conference will also be centred around the transformation of infrastructure systems: What triggers these transformations, under what conditions do they take place, and what consequences do they have?

The aim of the conference is to analyse transformations of infrastructure systems from different perspectives. These perspectives are represented by four subtopics “Cultures of Transformation”, “Governance of Transformation”, “Temporality and Spatiality”, and “Safe Transformation”.

Therefore, we call for presentations dealing with questions such as:

- What constitutes transformation? How long does it take, how comprehensive is it, what framework conditions does it require, and when is it considered complete?
- What is the relationship between transformation, incremental change, and persistence?
- Which elements of infrastructure systems are dynamically changing, and which resist change?
- What effects do transformations have on infrastructures? Does a transformation result in a new infrastructure or an “old” infrastructure – but transformed, or even both at the same time?

Our two-day, interdisciplinary online conference calls for contributions from various academic disciplines and practitioners alike. In addition, we are also happy to receive suggestions for topics that go beyond the above-mentioned questions and reveal new perspectives on transformations.

Keynotes by:

- Timothy Moss (Humboldt University of Berlin)
- Anique Hommels (Maastricht University)
- Niklas Verspermann (German Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway)


- If you want to participate in one of the panels of the conference, please submit an abstract of your presentation (max. 2,000 characters/ 280 words) for your preferred panel together with a short academic CV in a single PDF file (max. 2 MB) until May 2, 2021 to:
- The conference will be held online and in English. There are no conference fees.
- Accepted applicants will be informed within six weeks after deadline.


Technische Universität Darmstadt
Research Training Group KRITIS
Dolivostraße 15, D-64293 Darmstadt
Phone: +49 6151 16 57445