The long way to smart living environments
In "Knowing", a new research project at the IFZ, scientists from five Styrian research institutions try to answer the question why sustainable living de facto doesn't seem to work out. On November 6, 2013 The Standard reported on the project.
Energy efficient office buildings - positive climate results and positive work satisfaction
Perspectives on energetic usage of wood in Austria
For 30 years the energetic usage of wood is being supported in Austria - what is the result and were does it lead to?
At the beginning of the 1980s woodchips were the focus of interest. With the launch of wood pellets in the middle of the 1990s Austria experienced a crucial impuls for the usage of wood fuels.
Christian Rakos, manager of proPellets Austria and president of the European Pellet Council since 2010, takes a stance on the history of and perspectives on the energetic usage of wood in Austria in the current issue of the SOZIALE TECHNIK .
More on his German article in the SOZIALE TECHNIK 3/13 ...
Green Revolution out of the Veggie Box
In times of "grobalization" and "glocalization" comsumers and farmers move closer together. More and more cooperations and alternative concepts declare war on supermarkets. As a result, scientists, among them Sandra Karner from the IFZ, address implications for agribusiness, food industry, and consumers, for example at the conference "Foodscapes ". On Sept 25, 2013 Standard reported on research results on the green revolution out of the veggie box.
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Living more environmentalist with technology
The EU-project “useITsmartly ” seeks to facilitate young people’s capacity building of smart IT use by developing innovative solutions and and to develop ideas on how to reach them with this topic.
On August, 17 the Kleine Zeitung reported on the project. The German newspaper article can be found here .
IAS-STS Fellowship Programme 2014/2015
Applications for the IAS-STS Fellowship Programme 2014/2015 are now being accepted. The Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS) invites researchers to apply for a stay between 1 October 2014 and 30 June 2015 as research fellow (up to nine months) or visiting scholar (shorter period, e.g. a month). The IAS-STS offers excellent research infrastructure and five grants, worth EUR 940 per month, for long-term research fellows at the IAS-STS.
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New: Yearbook 2011 of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology & Society
Arno Bammé, Günter Getzinger, and Thomas Berger (eds.): Yearbook 2011 of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society. Profil, Munich and Vienna 2012
The Yearbook 2011 contains contributions by the Research Fellows, Visiting Scholars und Guest Lecturers of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS) in Graz, Austria. It also constitutes the annual report of IAS-STS for the academic year 2009/2010.
No more juice! The exclusive energy turn!
Thomas Berger, representing the IFZ as scientific expert, participated in a podium discussion on energy poverty during the European Sustainable Energy Week. Experts from sciences, economy, and administration discussed how the prospective ecologisation of energy systems can be shaped in a socially sustainable manner.
More information in German can be found here .
The promotion of women is economically reasonable
Birgit Hofstätter participated in a discussion with journalist Claudia Schanza, vice mayor of Vienna Renate Brauner, and scientist Angela Neubauer (Biomay) on the results of the ZIT FemPower Study 2012 .
International College for researchers on technology
194 scientist from 35 nations have worked on their research at the IAS-STS in Graz so far. On June 8, the Kleine Zeitung reported on the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS) .
Elk test on our food
The EU-Project „GRACE – GMO Risk Assessment and Communication of Evidence “ provides comprehensive reviews of the existing evidence on the health, environmental and socio-economic impacts of GM plants. On June 8, the Kleine Zeitung reported on the IFZ-project.
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IAS-STS Conference 2013 attracted wide interest
12th IAS-STS-Conference „Critical Issues in Science and Technology Studies“, May 6-7 2013, Graz
Around 100 people from 25 nations as well as a large number of students participated in the 12th conference of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society . Especially young scientists presented their research results in over 60 presentations.
Granting of the Theodor Körner Prize to Anna Schreuer
Anna Schreuer was awarded the Theodor Körner prize 2013 for her PhD thesis “Dealing with the diffusion challenges of grassroots innovations: the case of citizen power plants in Austria and Germany”. Since 1953 this prize is awarded for outstanding work-in progress projects by young researchers and artists.
In her thesis Anna Schreuer looks at citizen power plants in Austria and Germany, in particular wind farms and photovoltaics plants that are collectively set up and operated by groups of citizens. The thesis aims to answer the question how such citizen power plants could emerge and how they spread out in Germany and Austria. The diffusion of citizen power plants is understood as an innovation process that involves both the diffusion of new technologies and new forms of organization in the energy system.
Jenseits des Elfenbeinturms – Von der Repräsentation zur Intervention
Arno Bammé: Von der Repräsentation zur Intervention. Variationen über John Dewey. Weimar: Metropolis 2013,
Academic sciences, traditionally practiced at universities, are basically constituted of representing knowledge that has been deduced of the world "out there". For quite some time now, at the IFF faculty of the Alpe-Adria-University Klagenfurt there has been predominating a different form of knowledge generation and transfer. In general, this form is being called (activating) intervention science that stand opposite to the contemplative representation science. It builds the basis of the self-understanding of the IFF faculty and can be viewed as innovative when compared to traditional standards of sciences.
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25 years IFZ – a successful story
On May 6, 2013, the IFZ invited to its anniversary celebration held at the baroque Meerscheinschlössl in Graz. Local council Peter Piffl-Perčević, representing the city of Graz, Kristina Edlinger-Ploder, council for health, care, science and research in the Styrian government, Horst Bischof, vice rector for research at the Technical University Graz, Martin Polaschek, vice rector for study and teaching at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz, and Verena Winiwarter, dean of the IFF faculty at the Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt, expressed their appreciation of the IFZ's outstanding accomplishments and great existing collaborations. The event was moderated by Wilhelm Berger, prodean of the IFF faculty.
IFZ colleague board member of the Austrian Society for Gender Studies (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Geschlechterforschung, ÖGGF)
Birgit Hofstätter , colleague of the IFZ research unit Women-Technology-Environment, was recently elected board member of the newly founded Austrian Society for Gender Studies (ÖGGF). We congratulate! More information on this newly founded institution of Austrian gender research can be found here: http://www.oeggf.at/
Better chances for women in sciences
The EU-FP7-Project „GenderTime“ tries to identity the best ways to increase the participation and professional promotion of female scientist. A talk with project leader Daniela Freitag can be found in the march publication of UNIsono.
Against the "clone effect" of male managers
A study by Anita Thaler and Birgit Hofstätter analysed the effects of specific promotions of female careers in industrial research on the basis of measures taken by the Technology Agency of the city of Vienna (ZIT). Not long ago, the Standard interviewed Anita Thaler on the results of the interview study with 23 researchers.
New research report: ZIT FemPower Study 2012
Anita Thaler und Birgit Hofstätter analysed the effects of specific promotions of female careers in industrial research. One focus of the study lied on differences between industries; two industries were especially considered as they are strongly represented in the Viennese industrial research: ICT and Life Sciences. At the same time, in order to gain general conclusions a wide spectrum was covered by the study which is a crucial quality criterion in qualitative research methods like interviews.
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