Stakeholder engagement

Participatory projects at IFZ does not only address “the general public”, but often pay particular attention to those stakeholders, who have particular interests in the research topic, either because they are affected by the research and its outcomes, or because they may influence the research. Stakeholder engagement is perceived as bringing significant benefits to the process of knowledge production as well as to the relevance of research outcomes. In our projects where we focus on stakeholder engagement, we draw particular attention to early processes of knowledge exchange with stakeholders and well-structured stakeholder engagement throughout the overall lifetime the project.

For more information, please contact Jürgen Suschek-Berger.



Our projects on this research approach

The aim of the European commission is to make urban logistics emission-free by 2030. The FFG project LOGI-TOOLKIT wants to contribute to better integrating urban logistics in urban planning: The web-based LOGI-TOOLKIT is intended to support planning, administration and real estate development by taking logistical measures into account in the early phases of planning processes. Long-term effective and cost-intensive planning errors can thus be avoided and important steps taken to increase efficiency in urban logistics.

The goal of the PROTEA project is to foster a vivid collaboration of industry, research and gender experts from IFZ to develop and implement the benefits of 3D-printing of prostheses, taking into account gender and diversity aspects. 

VOICES is a COST Action that aims to increase the visibility of inequalities faced by Young Researchers and Innovators (YRIs) from a gender perspective, and to promote a sustainable dialogue between YRIs and stakeholders in the research ecosystem at the systemic level (European & national policy-makers) and at the institutional level (senior researchers, academic managers) by creating a community of gender equality practitioners composed of various stakeholders (YRIs, independent researchers, academic managers, organizations) across Europe.

In the project, the feasibility of a digital central database was examined. In such a database, data on the exposure to hazardous working materials for employees in Austria should be recorded and stored for a period of 40 years. The main focus was on social data and chemical or physical data on workplace exposure and not on medical data such as findings from suitability and follow-up examinations of workers.

Three municipalities committed to zero emissions city logistics – Bremen (DE), Mechelen (BE) and Groningen (NL) – have joined forces with logistics stakeholders and leading academic institutions to accelerate the deployment of innovative, feasible and shared zero-emissions solutions, addressing the challenges generated by the rise of the on-demand economy in urban logistics.

Within the project, each of these lighthouse cities is going to implement at least two sustainable urban logistic solutions, the so called ULaaDS Trials. These trials will be fitted to the stakeholder needs and requirements via a multi stakeholder collaboration process and testes under real life conditions. The results of these trials will be implemented in guidelines to improve the conduction of Sustainable Urban Logistics Plannings (SULP) and will furthermore result in the development of a decision support toolbox for urban logistics.

One of the key research objectives pursued by GRACE was the provision of comprehensive reviews of the existing evidence on the health, environmental and socio-economic impacts of GM plants – considering both risks and possible benefits.

The project develops a basis for a regional, autonomous and robust energy cell that ensures a sufficient auxiliary (power) supply in case of failures in the transmission grid, caused by a blackout or a regional extreme weather condition.

The project Gebäudesoftskills (Buildingsoftskills) aims to both clarify complex interactions between the built environment and human needs and to complete and crosslink the established know-how of building experts with the knowledge of human sciences.

The energy transition is far more than a technical change. Profound changes in energy supply and use involve changes in technological, material, organizational, institutional, political, economic and socio-cultural terms. Therefore, it is a fundamental socio-technical change in energy use and associated systems.

The aim of the project is to achieve a coverage of the building energy requirement of almost 100% with the solar technologies by activating and using the thermal storage devices which are part of the structural component.

IFZ war part of a one-year exploratory project "Smart City Frohnleiten", funded by the "Smart City Initiative" of the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund. In this one-year exploratory phase, the aim was to explore possibilities for sustainable urban development in the city of Frohnleiten.

The aim of this research project was the development of fundamentally new and intelligent energy supply systems via the façade of existing storey buildings, which allowed a high degree of integration of the active and passive building technology elements into prefabricated façade modules.

The aim of the project GenderTime is to identify and implement the best systemic approach to increase the participation and career advancement of women researchers in the participating institutions.

The core of the project was the active involvement of citizens in Hartberg. Several surveys with the population, qualitative interviews with stakeholders and participation events with citizens of Hartberg were carried out.

The project BENE assessed the potential of active citizen engagement in energy issues to contribute to the promotion of more energy-aware lifestyles in Austria. It analysed necessary institutional frameworks as well as individual resources (e.g. financial, social, knowledge, time) and motivations (e.g. environmental values, societal norms, economic benefits) for engagement. Building on this analytical basis, it developed and implemented activation strategies for expanding the scope of existing initiatives and initiated a transfer of good practice models to further communities.