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Long Night of Research at the Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt with IFZ participation

The IFZ was participating with two stations at the Long Night of Research that was being held on Friday, April 4, 2014 all over Austria. At Station U24 Anita Thaler and students adressed the question of where and how we learn to deal with everyday technologies. At Station U25 Birgit Hofstätter together with young adults showed how to encourage youth in a critical and creative dealing with media. Both stations gave insight into current research at the IFZ research unit Women - Technology - Environment and offered visitors the opportunity to get informed, discuss, and try things out.



Call for Papers: DE/STABILISIERUNGEN Theorie | Transfer | Selbst | Gesellschaft

The 2nd Annual Conference of the Austrian Society for Gender Studies (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Geschlechterforschung, ÖGGF) is being organised by the Unit for Gender Studies of the University of Graz and the Interuniversity Research Center for Technology, Work and Culture (IFZ). It will take place at the Meerscheinschlössl, Mozartgasse 3, 8010 Graz from December 4 - 6, 2014.

Papers can be submitted until May 31 - more information on the call for papers can be found here.



Women & technology: system change

For many years now politics and universities are trying their best to increase the number of females in technological and natural sciences research. Measures seem to be of limited success. Slowly the realization becomes prevalent that it is not enough to adjust women to the structures if the goal is to include gender in innovation.

Birgit Hofstätter from the IFZ was interviewed for the article "System change" (p. 8) that can be found in the newest edition of Austria Innovation.



TO BE PUBLISHED - Thesis on the topic gender rolls / migration -

The unit for gender studies, women's studies and women's funding, the institute of sociology - research focus gender sociology as well as the IFZ invite to the series TO BE PUBLISHED

On March 26, 2014 from 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. gender studies students will present newest research results at the Zentrum für Weiterbildung, Harrachgasse 23/2, 8010 Graz.

On the presentations ...



Societal metabolism, biomass and sustainable development

The ressource biomass is an important component in strategies of sustainable development. A look at the global societal metabolism shows that the usage of biomass creates conflicts that must be considered for a sustainable usage at regional level. Keeping this in mind the potentials seem to be more limited than often anticipated.

Fridolin Krausmann, professor for sustainable ressource usage at the Viennese Institut for Social Ecology of the Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt pinpoints at potentials and limits in the usage of bio-energy at a global level in the newest edition of the SOZIALE TECHNIK.

More on this German article ...



Verena Winiwarter is "Scientist of the Year 2013"

© Klub der Bildungs- und Wissenschafts- journalisten

The environmental historian Verena Winiwarter was elected "Scientist of the Year 2013" by the Club of Austrian Education and Science Journalists.
With the award "Scientist of the Year" the club especially honors the engagement of scientists to make a broader public understand their research and to improve the image of Austrian research.

"She works at the intersection of humanities, social, cultural and natural sciences. Interdisciplinary is not a catchphrase for Winiwarter, but the basis and praxis of her work", chairman Oliver Lehmann justifies the club's decision. "Winiwarter presents her works in the most important peer-reviewed journals as well as on YouTube or at Viennese lectures" and by that she follows the societal necessity to present sciences to a broader public.

Here you find a German interview with the award winner: „Da legt man sich auf 24.000 Jahre fest“

Another German interview "Als Ameise gegen das Universum" was published by the Kleinen Zeitung on January 12, 2014.

In a recent interview in DerStandard from January 7, 2014 („Porsches machen nicht unbedingt potenter“) Winiwarter takes a stand on her work and on questions and perspectives in environmental politics.

Here is the link to ENVIEDAN, a project led by Verena Winiwarter.



From the Ferdinand-Toennies-Working Centre

Recent publication: E. G. Jacoby: Die moderne Gesellschaft im sozialwissenschaftlichen Denken von Ferdinand Tönnies. München, Wien: Profil 2013 (= Tönnies im Gespräch. Schriftenreihe der Ferdinand-Tönnies-Arbeitsstelle an der Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt Bd. 5)

The lifework of Ferdinand Toennis who is, apart from Max Weber and Georg Simmel, one of the founders of sociology in Germany is not easy to read - especially his monograph "Community and Society" („Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft") which received international recognition. Although in recent years several monographs on his life and work have been published Jacoby's introduction is still undoubtedly a classic which makes his work open to non-sociologists. However, the introduction has been out of print for 40 years. The reprint by the Ferdinand-Toennis-Working Centre is now available with a complemented epilogue.



Perspectives of sustainable food supply systems

Due to the dominance of structures, dynamics, and institutions of the global finance and trade system the global system of food supply is characterized by social unequality and hunger - especially in the global south - as well as obesity and diet-related illnesses in the global north. Peasent enterprises are having a hard time surviving in such a system. The newest issue of the SOZIALE TECHNIK - for the first time designed as a thematic issue - deals with perspectives of sustainable food supply systems and shows diverse possibilities and examples on how the systems of food supply and nutrition can be organized sustainably on different levels.

More on the particular articles of the SOZIALE TECHNIK 4/13 here ...



From the Ferdinand-Toennies-Working Center

Recent publication: Volume 11 of the Klagenfurter Toennies-Edition edited by Arno Bammé , ret. Prof. and head of the Ferdinand-Toennis-Working Centre at the Institute for Science and Technology Studies at the Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt.

Arno Bammé (Ed.): Ferdinand Tönnies – Marx. Leben und Lehre. München, Wien: Profil 2013, 300 p.

Because of the financial market debacle and other crises critical writings on political economy have become popular again. Therefore, this edition of the Marx-volume has been preponed.

Online ordering of the German volume ...



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.

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Energy efficient office buildings - positive climate results and positive work satisfaction

Here you find a German press release on the IFZ-project "Build to Satisfy" that was published Oct. 24.



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 this 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.

The article in German ...


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.

For more informationen click here .



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 .


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STS Conference Graz 2014
Critical Issues in Science and Technology Studies
May 5-6, 2014

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On June 3 and 4, 2014, the Institute of Technology Assessment (IAT) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences  is holding its 6th Conference together with the Network Technology Assessment (NTA).

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