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Magdalena Wicher represented the IFZ on the 4th of March at the Art & Feminism Edit-a-thon which was part of the programme of the Elevate Festivals , where she gave an input on Gender & Queer Theory in Science and Technology Studies. As part of the Open Data Day, explicitly feminists and people with all gender identities were invited to this editing marathon to contribute to a better visibility of women and LGBTTIQ-people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersexual and queer) in Wikipedia and Wikidata. Through the depiction of feminist, queer and gender topics, which are researched at the IFZ and within the working group QueerSTS , the commonalities of the research activities and the work of the participants of the edit-a-thon could be displayed, e.g. regarding the democratization of education, access to online resources and equality and social participation and inclusion of all people .



We welcome Martina Lang to the IFZ Team. Martina Lang will be working in the research unit "Modern Biotechnology". She will be primarly concerned with the theme „Healthy Aging_Assisted Living“. In this computer-based health technologies of the future are analyzed for their social acceptance towards.

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On February 15 the first of a series of workshops took place at IFZ, where committed stakeholders from policy, farms, research, and alternative food scene work together to create a more sustainable and social just food system in the area of Graz.

Sandra Karner, Anita Thaler and Magdalena Wicher organise and moderate this workshops in the framework of the EU project FoTRRIS ( ), where the cooperative and responsible research (Responsible Research and Innovation, RRI) about the “grand challenges” (like climate change) is in the focus.

The first workshop broached the issues of the current system (David Steinwender presented a study “Graz feeds itself”) and by which measures and ideas the food system in Graz could be optimised. Finally the ideas where mapped according to their feasibility. If you are interested in more information, please contact the IFZ-team of FoTRRIS ( ).


21/10/ 2016

Fellowship Programme 2017/2018: Applications to the Fellowship Programme 2017/2018 can be submitted by December 31, 2016, via email or postal mail.

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On 22 of August 2016 Dr. Anita Thaler (head of research unit „women – technology – environment“) gave a key note speech at this year’s ditact_women‘s IT summer university ( ) in Salzburg. her talk was titled „Das Paradoxon der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien: Von allen genutzt, von zu wenigen studiert?“ (The Paradoxon of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT): Used by everybody, but studied by too few?). Thaler discussed the facts that only 13% of ICT university degrees are hold by women, but only 2.6% of all university degrees are ICT degrees. So the main question of the talk was: Why do young people consider ICT not attractive as a study major?

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EU-Project GPP2020: 113 public tenders led to savings of 900.000 t CO2

GPP 2020 aimed to mainstream low-carbon procurement across Europe in support of the EU’s goals to achieve a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 20% increase in the share of renewable energy and a 20% increase in energy efficiency by 2020. To this end, GPP 2020 implemented 113 low-carbon tenders, which resulted in substantial CO₂ savings.

The Austrian project partners were the Federal Procurement Agency and the IFZ. Tender Models were developed for 11 low carbon tenders of the Federal Procurement Agency. The Tender Models offer information about savings of GHG and energy that due to the environmental criteria of the tenders. For more information, please see the projects website .



Education beyond gender-stereotypical paths

Anita Thaler was invited by the Austrian Ministry for Families and Youth to give a presentation and hold a workshop about „Education beyond gender-stereotypical paths“. Main topics were gender identity, gender roles, educational paths of young people, the influence factor gender, and the question how children and teenagers can find their vocation beyond gender roles and expectations.

In her presentation Anita Thaler explained psychological, sociological and media-pedagogical theories and gave practical examples.

In the workshop participants could reflect their own biographies and learn more about the topic and didactical methods how to present the topic in their own adult education practice as parent educators.

The content of the presentation has been published by Anita Thaler for parents‘ educators (German) here.



15th Annual STS Conference „Critical Issues in Science, Technology“

Keynote: Heather Laube (USA)

190 participants from 25 nations - that is the résumé of the STS Conference which took place in Graz from May 9 to 10, 2016. It was organized by the Institute of Science, Technology and Society Studies in cooperation with the IFZ, the Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture and the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS). 30 sessions were held in which the participants discussed topics such as „Policy and Technology“, „Gender and Queer STS“,  „Responsible Research and Innovation“, „Energy, Mobility and Sustainability“, „Nutrition, Health and Biomedicine“, and „Information and Communication Technologies, Surveillance and Society“.

More information on the conference can be found here:



First volume of the „Queer-Feminist Science & Technology Studies Forum“

The working group Queer STS – comprising of current and former colleagues of IFZ (Anita Thaler, Birgit Hofstätter, Daniela Zanini-Freitag, Jenny Schlager, Julian Anslinger, Lisa Scheer, Magdalena Wicher, Susanne Kink, Thomas Berger) has published the first volume of their online-journal „Queer-Feminist Science & Technology Studies Forum“, sharing current queer-feminist approaches to science, technology and society studies.

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STS Conference Graz 2017

The Early Bird Registration for the  STS Conference Graz 2017 is open until March 25, 2017.