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.
Verena Winiwarter is "Scientist of the Year 2013"
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.
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.
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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 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.
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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 .
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