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Science, Technology and Society Unit

Research and teaching at the Science, Technology and Society Unit has two interconnected aims: to better understand the various societal and environmental implications of technology development and – based on this knowledge – to strengthen research and innovation in line with broader societal needs.

This type of research is conducted at early stages of technology innovation and in an inter- and transdisciplinary way by bringing together scientists and engineers from all disciplines and by involving technology users and stakeholder groups.

Our research is frequently contributing to or organized as technology assessment, ELSA (ethical, legal and social aspects) studies, feminist studies, science, technology and society studies (STS), sustainability studies, and policy analysis.


STS-Courses: Winter term 2019/20
August 21, 2019

We are happy to announce the current courses of our STS Unit for the winter term 2019/20.  If not explicitly provided in the curriculum anyway, each course can be counted as a "free elective" by students of all disciplines of Graz University of Technology and University of Graz. Students who are registered for a degree programme at a different Austrian university (e.g. University of Graz) and wish to take examinations at TU Graz must sign up as co-registered students.

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Ruth Oldenziel explores the bicycle city of Graz 
May 29, 2019

On occasion of the 12th Austrian Cycling Summit from 27 to 29 May 2019 in Graz, we welcomed Prof. Ruth Oldenziel from the Technical University of Eindhoven. Ruth Oldenziel is one of the internationally most renowned experts in bicycle research and gave a keynote at the Graz Cycling Summit on the subject of "Century of Cycling: Pathways towards Sustainability". At the same time, Ruth Oldenziel used her stay to explore Graz on her TU Graz bike. We are pleased about your visit, which also gave us the opportunity to talk about future cooperation with the TU Eindhoven.
The Graz University of Technology was also represented at the 12th Austrian Cycling Summit with a keynote speech by Bernhard Wieser on the subject of "becoming a cycling capital - remaining a cycling capital". Interview with Bernhard Wieser

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Save the date: STS Conference Graz 2020
May 10, 2019

Thank you to all who participated and contributed at this year´s conference. It was a pleasure to meet  colleagues from more than 30 countries and from various disciplines to discuss critical issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies.

Save the date: STS Conference Graz 2020, May 4-6

STS Conference Graz 2019

May 3, 2019

From May 6-7 the 18th Annual STS Conference will take place again in Graz. We are looking forward to meeting colleagues from all over the world to talk about Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies. A varied programme and exciting dicussions will await you.

The first conference day starts with a Keynote from Helge TORGERSEN, ITA/OEAW, Vienna
Back to the Future. Why we did, why we do and why we shall do TA

Further Keynotes:
Sabine Theresia KÖSZEGI, TU Wien
Artificial Intelligence - A Transformative Force: Facing the Challenges ahead!

Aglaiee DEGROS, TU Graz
The Peripherical Challenge. Territorial Justice and New Forms of Mobility

Helge Torgersen ©Walter Peissl  Sabine, T. KÖSZEGI ©Luiza Puiu, Aglaee DEGROS ©Foto Hartlauer

The Anthropocene: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Crisis Diagnosis

April 30, 2019

Bernhard Wieser and colleagues have contribued the following book review: "The power of words. Anthropocene as a wake up call" (Christine Czakler, Robert Herrenbrück, Karl Novacek & Bernhard Wieser (2019): Die Macht der Worte. Anthropozän als Weckruf. In: Heike Egner & Horst Peter Groß (eds.): Das Anthropozän. München: Profil-Verlag, 94-132.).

The term Anthropocene stands for a comprehensive crisis diagnosis of global environmental change. It expresses that with our business practice we engage people in all biological, chemical and geophysical processes, so that the processes are irreversible. This is the approach for an interdisciplinary discussion for advanced students and teachers in a research-related teaching project at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. This book includes perspectives on history, geography, information technology and technology and science research.

Podcast: The effects of technical innovations
April 4, 2019

At the beginning of April, a podcast was released on the Science, Technology and Society Unit (STS Unit). Günter Getzinger (Head of the STS Unit) reports on the effects of technical development on society, and provides insights into the research topics of the working group.

Institutes and colleagues, who are interested in these issues as well as in possible cooperation with our unit, are welcome to contact us.

Event series "In Focus" - The Ethical Challenges of Automated Driving

Feburary 11, 2019

The event series "In Focus" addresses ethical, political and legal questions in research. The kick-off event on March 11 deals with "The Ethical Challenges of Automated Driving" (moderated by Günter Getziner).
The TU Graz invites its researchers to a discussion about the ethics of automated driving. Automated driving will dominate future road traffic.This will be accompanied by a number of technical, political, legal and ethical challenges.
This event is a cooperation of the Institute of Automotive Engineering, the Science, Technology and Society Unit of the ISDS and the Office for Gender Equality and Equal Opportunity.

Monday, 11 March 2019, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Auditorium of TU Graz, Rechbauerstraße 12, 8010 Graz
Registration required: Armanda Pilinger: a.pilingernoSpam@tugraz.at

Teaching - Summer Term 2019
February 7, 2019

Please take a look at our courses for the summer term 2019.
If you are interested in courses dealing with e.g. Technology Assessment, Theory of Data Science, Gender & Technology, and political & ethical aspects of technology be fast by booking your course! 

Modelling Health
January 22, 2019

The Modelling Health project focused on Avatars in medicine. These new technologies offer completely new possibilities of medical practice as virtual assistance systems, e.g. in the field of care. At the same time, questions regarding data protection, acceptance and autonomy of users arise, such as Bernhard Wieser (TU Graz) and Martina Lang (IFZ), as part of the of the project team, emphasize.

The Ö1 Journal `Matrix - Computers and New Media’ (18.1.2019) is dedicated to this project and addresses the question of how this "artificial health twins" could change our lives.

Call for Abstracts - STS Conference Graz 2019
December 5, 2018

See our call for abstracs for next year´s
STS Conference Graz 2019!

The conference provides a forum to discuss on a broad variety of topics – especially abstracts are encouraged which refer to aspects of the following sessions. For submitting your abstract, please use the online form. Submission Deadline:  January 28, 2019.


November 29, 2018

IAS-STS Fellowship Progamme 2019/2020

The IAS-STS fellowship programme 2019/20 is out now!

Applications have to be send to the IAS-STS by 28 February, 2019.

For further details please visit: http://www.ifz.at/ias/IAS-STS/Application

November 15, 2018

Stakeholder Consultation on the Future of Genome Editing in Germany and Europe

On 8 and 9 November 2018 Armin Spök and his team held a stakeholder consultation in Berlin to discuss opportunities and challenges for plant breeders, farmers, food and feed processors, regulators, and researchers to use of genome editing techniques in developing new plant varieties. According to a recent ruling of the European Court of Justice plants derived from genome editing are subject to the EU harmonised legislation on genetically modified organisms. This ruling is perceived by scientists and plant breeders to be a major hurdle for breeding innovation but welcomed by environmental organisations.

Armin Spök chaired the two-day consultation together with Matthias Arlt from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology. The workshop was organised in the context of ELSA GEA project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


November 7, 2018

TU Graz expert invited to the Swiss Parliament

Alexander Lang, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Malte Gruber, University of Lucerne and Armin Spök from the TU Graz met in a hearing of the Committee on Science, Education and Culture of the Swiss Federal Council in Bern on the questions of parlamentarians on genome editing.
Armin Spök is a consortium partner of a technology assessment project commissioned by the Swiss TA-Swiss Foundation on genome editing.

The Swiss Federal Council has announced its intention to adapt national genetic engineering legislation in order to adapt it to the new technological possibilities and challenges of genome editing.

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November 5, 2018

Welcome Christian Dayé!

We are pleased to welcome Christian Dayé to the Science, Technology and Society Unit.
Before Christian Dayé worked at the Department of Sociology of the University of Graz and the University Klagenfurt. His main fields of research are Sociology of science, knowledge and technology, Responsible research and innovation, Social research methods and methodology and Social theory. Currently he is working on the EU-CHIC project led by Armin Spök.



October 10, 2018

Open-Access Tage 2018

Tony Ross-Hellauer and Bernhard Wieser gave a paper on "The Matthew Effect in Open Science" at the "Open-Access-Tage 2018" in Graz.

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September 4, 2018

Call for Sessions - STS Conference Graz 2019

In our call for sessions we suggest the following thematic fields and we would like to encourage participants to think outside the box by combining thematic fields and considering potential intersections (interactive sessions formats, such as discussion groups, slow talks, etc. are welcome too).
For submitting your session abstract, please use this
online form and send an abstract (max. 500 words) no later than October 31, 2018

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August 24, 2018

Teaching - Winter term 2018/19

We are happy to announce the educational offer of our Unit for the winter term 2018/19 and are looking forward to a lively exchange with interested students.

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August 24, 2018

Save the Date - STS Conference Graz 2019

The next STS Conference Graz: Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies

will take place on May 6-7, 2019.

June 23,  2018

We are expanding our team Postdoc Researcher (25 hours/week) - Extended Deadline

thematic focus: technology assessment and responsible development of genome editing

Details regarding the position you will find here

Applications should be written in English and submitted by e-mail to office.stsnoSpam@tugraz.at, Science, Technology and Society Unit, Graz University of Technology, no later than 24.08.2018.

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May 14, 2018

STS Conference Graz 2018

From May 7 to May 8, 2018 the 17th Annual STS Conference took place in Graz.
The Science, Technology and Society Unit organized in cooperation with the IFZ Graz and the IAS-STS the 17th Annual STS Conference Graz. The conference offered the oportunity to present and dicuss a broad spectrum on themes in the area of digitalization of society, gender-technology and environment, sustainable food systems, life sciences/biotechnologies and much more.
About 200 reseachers from all over the world presented their work in this fields with a specific focus on critical issues in science, technology and society studies.

Many thanks to all who contributed to the sucess of this event!

April 28, 2018

YEP (Young Energy Professionals)-Zukunftswerkstatt

On the 27th of April 2018, the YEP - Zukunftswerkstatt (WEC - World Energy Council Austria) took place in the premises of the Federation of industrialists. Representatives from NGOs in the field of energy economics, as well as envoys from known energy companies, took part in the WEC-sponsored discussions. At the beginning there  was a talk by Günter Getzinger on the topic "The future of the energy industry". Under the moderation of Jürgen Suschek-Berger, the methodology of the Zukunftswerkstatt was explained and subsequently enacted in small groups.

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March 8, 2018

Sustainable in the future

We are pleased about the report of our unit in the Kleine Zeitung.

Please read the full report here

February 28, 2018

Frontiers Guest Editor

Armin Spök was invited as Guest Associate Editor for a Special Issue on "Plant Genome Editing - Policies and Governance" jointly hosted by Frontierts in Plant Science and Plant Biotechnology, Biosafety and Biosecurity. In the field of plant sciences Frontiers runs a number of highly cited open access journals.


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