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8010 Graz, Austria
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New: Yearbook 2012 of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology & Society

Arno Bammé, Günter Getzinger, and Thomas Berger (eds.): Yearbook 2012 of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society.Profil, Munich and Vienna 2014

The Yearbook 2012 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 2010/2011.

The Yearbook 2012 (€ 30,-) can be ordered here:
IAS-STS, Kopernikusgasse 9, 8010 Graz, E-Mail:



Guest research stay in Tokio

In July 2014 Anita Thaler, head of the IFZ research group „women – technology – environment“, spent two weeks as a guest researcher – within the EU-project GenderTime – at the Ochanomizu University in Tokyo, Japan, on invitation of Vice President Prof. Keiko Takano.

In this period she gave two presentations with Jennifer Dahmen (Bergische Universität Wuppertal) at the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama. The first, „Glass Elevator Versus Sticky Floor: Tackling Gender (In-)Equality in Academia”, in the session “Women in the Academic Workplace: Challenging the Dynamics of Gender, Power and Knowledge” and the second titled „Picture That! A Social Media Approach for Communicating Pro-Environmental Behaviour“ in the roundtable session about “Resource Consumption, Sustainability and Social Movements”.

At the Ochanomizu University Thaler and Dahmen held a seminar on „Gender Equality in Academia – Results and Examples from European Research” which was organised by the „Center for Leadership Education and Research“. Participants were students, researchers and university managers.



Communities matter: Institutional preconditions for community renewable engery

Edition 380 of the European Commission DG Environment's weekly news alert „Science for Environment Policy“ from July 10, 2014 presents results of a study by Steffen Wirth on the topic of institutional preconditions for community renewable energy which he published in an article in the journal Energy Policy.

The article in „Science for Environment Policy“

On the informations service „Science for Environment Policy”



transFAIRmation receives the Fairness Award 2014

The partner school of the IFZ in the project transFAIRmation, the new middle school Albert Schweitzer Graz, received the Fairness Award 2014 (1st place in the age range 11-14) from the Federal Ministry of Education and Women's Affairs. In transFAIRmation 7th grade pupils and teachers together with Birgit Hofstätter und Thomas Berger from the IFZ test a didactical concept for an integrated media-technology based instruction. The main topic is fairness in the pupils' most favourite TV shows. Selected episodes of „Two and a half men“ were analysed and discussed in regard to sexism, homo- and transphobia, the „Simpsons“ in regard to environmentalism and classism. The goal of transFAIRmation, though, is to be creative and to tell new and fair storied by remixing the original material.

The project's blog:

The Ministry's press release in German can be found here. 



1st Sustainabiliy Lecture as part of the research cluster Sustainability at the AAU

On the way to the "great transformation"? Global politic at the beginning of the 21st century - this was the title of the 1st Sustainability Lecture held by Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind (Wuppertal Institut) on Thursday, June 5.

Details on the lecture as well as on the lecturer can be found here.

The presentation in German can be found here.



Research Cluster Sustainability at the AAU: 2. Research Day

The working group at the AAU's multidisciplinary research cluster Sustainability invited to the 2nd research day on June 3, 2014.

More information in German can be found here.


Older news can be found in the News archive.

Call for Abstracts!

STS Conference Graz 2015: "Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies" 
May 11-12, 2015 Meerscheinschlössl, Graz

The Call for Abstracts is open until January 15!

IAS-STS Fellowship Programme 2015/2016

Applications to the Fellowship Programme 2015/2016 can be submitted by December 31, 2014.

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Doctoral School "Science and Technology Studies" (DocSTS)

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Doctoral School „Life Long Learning (LLL)

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