Graz Environmental Facts

May 6, 2022

This information platform offeres interested citizens graphically prepared information on key environmental issues. This platform was developed as part of a master´s thesis at TU Graz (D. Wolf), which was supervised by Günter Getziner, Head of the STS Unit, together with the Graz Environment Agency.

Key figures from the areas of climate, energy, air, noise, waste, mobility and nature provide an overview of the environmental situation in Graz and are updated and expanded depending on the data available.

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STS Conference Graz 2022

April 29, 2022

Thrilled about this year´s program and keynote speakers of the STS Conference Graz 2022: Andreas Bogner, Sabina Leonelli and Naomi Oreskes

Gas Crisis sets the Course for Climate Policy


24 March 2022

The war in Ukraine exposed the weaknesses in Austria's energy supply. Against the background of the crisis, experts as Günter Getzinger are calling for an immediate rethink to achieve the climate goals. 
More information at (online: March 23)

CS Talk #8: Response-able‘ AI by utilizing Feminist STS by Corinna Bath

(c) TU Braunschweig

28 February 2022

We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming CS Talk #8 by one of our former IAS-STS fellows Corinna Bath, TU Braunschweig.

March 18th, 2020 | 11:00, Aula Alte Technik
Rechbauerstraße 12, 8010 Graz.
Due to current circumstances, there are a severely limited number of seats at the event. Please register in time here

Final Workshop CLIMATTERS of the DK Climate Change (DKCC) on February 3rd

27 January 2022

On February the 3rd, Michael Kriechbaum is co-organising a session on the next phase of the energy transition. The session is part of the Final Workshop CLIMATTERS of the DK Climate Change (DKCC) and deals with the challenges of integrating renewable electricity and the prospects of hydrogen. Keynotes by research engineer Marta Victoria and transition researcher Nuno Bento as well as short presentations by the organizers will set the stage for an open discussion. Interested person are  very much welcome!

Join the session: February 3rd, 15:00-17:00

Dynamics of cumulative advantage and threats to equity in open science: a scoping review

20 January 2022

Two members of the STS Unit, Tony Ross-Hellauer and Stefan Reichmann, both from the project ON-MERRIT which investigates potential Matthew effects in the transition towards Open science and Responsible Research and Innovation in academia, industry, and policymaking, have published a paper in Royal Society Open Science entitled  “Dynamics of cumulative advantage and threats to equity in open science: a scoping review” (Ross-Hellauer et al. 2022).
In it, the authors make the case that the transition to Open Science presently favours wealthy actors and institutions as it is predicated upon commanding the respective resources, such as knowledge, skills, and the capacity to practice Open Science.

Press release

Mind_the Gap Diversity Award 2021

17 January 2022

Congratulations to Anna Napetschnig for the Mind_the Gap Diversity Award 2021 for her Master thesis “Frauen@TUG – Do IT! Successful approaches to improve the qualitative and quantitative situation of female students of computer science at Graz University of Technology”.

Anna Napetschnig currently works on her Master Thesis in Advanced Material Sciences at TU Graz.

Christine Wächter from the STS Unit was supervisor of her Master thesis in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies.

In her Master thesis “Frauen@TUG – Do IT” Anna Napetschnig has developed a catalog of measures for the qualitative and quantitative improvement of the situation of female computer science students at the TU Graz. The first part of the thesis is an inventory of projects for the promotion of young female computer science students at Graz University of Technology and at comparable universities. The second part consists of qualitative and quantitative surveys of female TU Graz students on these measures. This results in a catalog of measures with individual recommendations for the TU Graz, which have the potential to increase the proportion of female computer science students and to reduce the drop out.

You can watch her presentation here:

Exibition: Climate Crisis and Consciousness Change

December 13, 2021

In addition to the lecture series "CLIMATE CRISIS AND CONSCIOUSNESS CHANGE",
a poster exhibition of the same name was developed. Design and Content Development by David Steinwender.Employees and students of the Technical University of Graz are invited to join the exibition.

17.12.2021 - 28.1.2022: Alte Technik, Rechbauerstraße 12, Tiefparterre, Foyer Hörsaal

28.01.2022 - 11.3.2022: Physikgebäude, Petersgasse 16, Erdgeschoß, Foyer Hörsaal P2

11.03.2022 - 22.4.2022: Foyer Inffeldgasse 25 D, Erdgeschoß.

Virtual Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reduction Measures of Universities and Colleges

November 22, 2021

On November 8, 2021 the last workshop of the project "ClimCalc 2.0" was held with 40 participants from 24 different universities and universities of applied sciences (5 of them from Germany). Also 3 private institutions were interested in the process of greenhouse gas balancing and how the tool "ClimCalc" works.

After a short introduction for newcomers, the greenhouse gas balances of the Danube University Krems and University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna were presented and discussed. The progress reports of the participants indicate that some more greenhouse gas balances will be published in the upcoming months.

The workshop gave us the opportunity to explain the so-called "road-mapping": using the example of the Graz University of Technology and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. It was presented how and through which measures a university can become climate neutral by 2030.
At the end, there was another opportunity to share experiences and ask questions in small groups. Thanks to all participants for the lively exchange.

Klimabewusstsein und Hypes: Erneuerbare Energien im öffentlichen Diskurs

November 18, 2021

Im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung "Klimakrise und Bewusstseinswandel" laden wir Sie herzlich zum Vortrag von Michael Kriechbaum (TU Graz/ Universität Graz) „Klimabewusstsein und Hypes: Erneuerbare Energien im öffentlichen Diskurs“ ein.

Auf Basis von empirischen Untersuchungen wird Herr Kriechbaum die Rolle von Erwartungshaltungen in der Entwicklung und Verbreitung von neuen Technologien erklären sowie das Wesen von technologischen Hype-Zyklen und die damit verbundenen Dynamiken kollektiver Erwartungen.

15.12.2021, 18:00 Uhr


Scientific impact

November 3, 2021

Christian Dayé’s 2018 article on the history of the Delphi technique as a tool of prognosis ( ranks among the ten most cited publications published over the last three years in Social Studies of Science, one of the most prestigious journals in STS.

Excursion Day

September 18, 2021

Together with team members of the IFZ Graz we spent a great day in South Styria. Networking, team building, movement and enjoying a stunning environment: what a great combination!

Climate Crisis and Awareness

October 6, 2021

Climate change presents our modern societies with unprecedented challenges.
In addition to the use of new technologies, a fundamental change in human behavior patterns and the reorientation of existing systems are required. Research and innovation play an important role alongside education and a broad change in awareness. 

On nine evenings - every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. - students and the general public are offered a discussion platform that is intended to contribute to sustainability-oriented awareness. All lectures are open to the public with free admission.

Further information

A poster poster exhibition on the same topic complements the lecture series. Between October 2021 and February 2022, information boards will be installed in parallel at the locations of the nine Styrian universities to raise awareness of the topic. The twelve posters are also available online.

STS Courses winter term 2021/22

September 23, 2021

Take a look at our courses regarding Technology and law, society & sustainable technology design or gender & technology.
STS courses

September 17, 2021

We are happy about a comprehensive report in the Wing Business issue (2/21) on climate neutrality using the example of Graz University of Technology

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Universities must act as role models

August 24, 2021

Günter Getzinger points out the important role Universities have als role model in terms of climate protection:  "We want to set a good example and show our students that it is possible to get involved on an institutional and personal level."
At the TU Graz will be made ambitous steps for the the goal to achieve climate-neutrality in 2030, created against the backgrpound of the Paris Climate Agreement. 

Read more: Article, Die Presse, August 21, 2021

Digitalisierungschancen steirischer Universitäten

July 12, 2021

A Webinar was held in the framework of Pfingstdialog Geist und Gegenwart 2021.

The research team of the STS-Unit at ISDS at Graz University of Technology contributed to this year’s Pfingstdialog on “Reset Europe” taking place at Schloss Seggau from 20-21 May 2021 with a webinar addressing the university as a social space. With this contribution the research team of the STS-Unit invited an interested audience to reflect on processes of digitalisation triggered by the recent covid-19 pandemic. As the results of an empirical study suggest, digital technologies are predominately used as measures to cope with the perceived covid-19 crises. At the same time the importance of the university as a social space come to the fore. Against this backdrop the webinar addresses opportunities of digital technologies for teaching, research and administration in the university context.

The Project Digitalisierungschancen steirischer Universitäten studies experiences with Covid-19 induced digitalisation processes and explores opportunities of further developments of Styrian universities. Based on the empirical analysis the project seeks to provide a knowledge basis for the application of digital technologies in teaching, research and administration. In such a way the research carried out contributes to the resilience of the universities and future-oriented developments of commerce and industry in Styria.

Call: Land Steiermark “Aus der Corona-Krise lernen!”

Duration: 1.10.2020 – 30.9.2021

Funding: € 69.599,09

PI: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stefanie Lindstaedt, ISDS, TU-Graz

Team: Bernhard Wieser, Viktoria Pammer-Schindler, Christian Dayé, Mia Bangerl, Marion Rowies, Kübra Karatas, Franziska Gürtl

Between administration and research

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June 1, 2021

Two members of the STS Unit, Stefan Reichmann and Tony Ross-Hellauer, recently collaborated on an article that has just been published in the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST): The paper is based on a survey of data practices of scientists and engineers and finds that Research Data Management (RDM) “leads a double life among researchers: both as an acknowledged aspect of research as well as a menial administrative task...Our findings suggest that RDM is more readily interpreted as an administrative task than as a part of good research practice."


May 25, 2021

On May 25, Günter Getzinger gave a lecture at the DorfUni on "PlatzFairTeilen - Community policy for pedestrians."

More information can be found here:

3rd (H) TU Day of Sustainability

May 19, 2021

On May 19, Günter Getzinger moderated the Sustainability Lecture of Graz University of Technology and the subsequent panel discussion (as part of the 3rd Sustainability Day of the (H) TU).
Further information:

New book

May 18, 2021

Christian Dayé is the co-editor, together with Mark Solovey (UToronto), of a volume on Cold War Social Science: Transnational Entanglements that appeared in May 2021 with Palgrave Macmillan.

This book explores how the social sciences became entangled with the global Cold War. Considering developments in a wide array of fields – anthropology, development studies, economics, education, political science, psychology, science studies, and sociology – that involved the movement of people, projects, funding, and ideas across diverse national contexts, this volume pushes scholars to rethink certain fundamental points about how we should understand – and thus how we should study – Cold War social science itself.

More information can be found here:

NTA9-TA21- Conference

May 7, 2021

From May 10-12, 2021 the the NTA9-TA21 Conference will take place virtual:  

Digital, direct, democratic? Technology Assessment and the Future of Democracy.

Opening STS Conference Graz 2021

May 3, 2021

Günter Getzinger, Head of the STS Unit, opens the STS Conference Graz 2021.

We are exited about the opcoming three conference days with lot´s of interesting presentations and discussions.

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April 27, 2021

The IAS-STS invites researchers to apply for a stay between 1 October 2021 and 30 June 2022 as a research fellow (up to nine months) or visiting scholar (shorter period, e.g. one month)!

Application Deadline: June 15, 2021

For application forms and further information please visit: IAS-STS.

STS Conference Graz 2021

(c) TU Graz

April 26, 2021

We are looking forward to the upcoming STS Conference Graz 2021, held virutally from May 3-5.
The annual STS conference provides space for international scholars to discuss their topical research amongst peers. The contributors to this event address the complex ways in which science, technology and society co-evolve and mutually shape one another. In such a way, the participants of the conference aim to provide a better understanding of the world in which we live. This includes the assessment of emerging technologies, the scrutiny of ethical, legal and social aspects of contemporary scientific practices as well as the transition to environmentally friendly and socially desirable techno-scientific futures.

Lecture series 'Diversity in Research @TU Graz'

March 3, 2021

Headed by Ao. phil. Christine Wächter a lecture series 'Diversity in Research @ TU Graz' will start on March 10, 2021.

Lectures from all seven faculties give insights into the developments, findings and applications of diversity aspects in science and technology at Graz University of Technology. In addition to the students who are registered for the course of the same name, interested TU Graz members can also attend the individual lectures.

The lectures will take place every second Wednesday from March 10th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., initially digitally. Five of the lectures are in German, two in English.

March 10, 2021: Assoc.Prof. DI Dr.techn. Mario Hirz | The change in the automotive industry - influences and effects under diversity aspects

TU Graz on the way to becoming Austria's first climate-neutral university

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March 1, 2021

TU Graz takes its social responsibility in terms of climate protection seriously and has adopted an ambitious roadmap for its path to climate neutrality by 2030 The strategy was presented today by Rector Harald Kainz, Vice-rector Horst Bischof, moderated by the ead of the STS Unit, Günter Getzinger in presence of Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler and Regional Research Councilor Barbara Eibinger-Mied

Kleine Zeitung Article

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Virtual Workshop for the training program ”Young Energy Professionals (YEP)” of the “World Energy Council Austria (WEC)

February 11, 2021

On February 4, 2021, the STS Unit conducted a virtual future workshop held by Günter Getzinger and Jürgen Suschek-Berger as kick-off event for the training program “Young Energy Professionals (YEP)” of the “World Energy Council Austria (WEC)”. The World Energy Council Austria is the Austrian representative of the worldwide international organization World Energy Council, which has existed since 1923 and is based in London.

The YEP come from all areas of the energy industry, energy policy and research, and the program gives them the unique opportunity to network with colleagues from other industries. Almost 50 of them took part in this future workshop, got to know each other and worked together in six groups on topics related to the current problems of energy companies, the future of energy and new energy projects. Based on this workshop the YEP will work on positive future prospects for a sustainable energy over the next two years.

Book review by Nicki Lisa Cole

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February 11, 2021

Book review by Nicki Lisa Cole in New Politics, Vol. XVIII No. 2, Whole Number 70 is out now: China´s Workers Battle Apple and Foxconn 

Gender and Diversity Competence for Scientists

February 8, 2021

The  pilot course "Gender and Diversity Competence for Scientists" at Graz University of Technology has been successfully completed in October 2020. Together with Gabi Burgstaller, Günter Getzinger designide a mode titeld: "Technology in the field of tension between science, politics and economics".

With a short image video we would like to draw your attention to the course that will start in Autumn 2021:

STS Unit becomes member of the NTA network

February 3, 2021

In December 2020, the Science, Technology, and Society Unit was presented by Armin Spök at the annual meeting of the Network Technology Assessment (NTA) and was accepted as an institutional member.
The network, which has existed since 2004, currently comprises 55 institutional members from Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as around 400 personal members.
The aim of the network is to promote cooperation among TA researchers and to promote TA in science, politics, and business. The network holds a scientific conference every two years and an annual membership meeting.

In addition, workshops are held by working groups of the NTA or in cooperation with the NTA.

Further information:

TU Graz becomes climate neutral in 2030

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January 25, 2021

Günter Getzinger leads the project `climate neutral TU Graz 2030`. As deputy chairman of the sustainability advisory board he and Alexander Passer as chairman of that advisory board, played a leading role in creating a roadmap for the climate-neutral TU Graz (people TU Graz # 76, 2020-4, page 4-5).
Together with all employees TU Graz wants to achieve the climate goals. A roadmap with concrete measures paves the way for the climate-neutral Graz University of Technology in 2030.

Christian Dayé: International Fellow at the 'Science in Circulation Group' , UNIFESP, São Paolo

January 13, 2021

Christian Dayé has been appointed as international fellow of the newly founded group “Science in Circulation (SciCi)” at the Instituto de Estudos Avançados e Convergentes (Institute of Advanced and Converging Studies), Universidade Federal de São Paolo UNIFESP (

Composed by local and international researchers, the SciCi-group will explore the transnational circulation of scientific ideas, instruments, and organisations by following a range of individual projects and meeting regularly to discuss the progress. Christian’s project focuses on how at the International Institute of Systems Analysis (IIASA), a research organization founded in the later decades of the Cold War, the term system was used as an enabler of exchange across disciplines as well as political boundarie

Sustainability & Climate Protection at Universities

December 22, 2020

On December 2, 2020, Graz University of Technology invited the nine members of the Styrian University Conference (that is, all Styrian Universities, University Colleges of Teacher Education and Universities of Applied Sciences) to a virtual workshop entitled "Sustainability & Climate Protection at your own College / University".

The aim of the workshop was to get to know the activities of the various universities in the field of sustainability and climate protection, to exchange experiences and to initiate possible collaborations. In addition to presentations and lectures, there were many opportunities for interaction and discussion.

Two possible co-operation projects that arose in the workshop are the installation of a group on the subject of “Cycling between the universities of Graz” and a group on the subject of “Greenhouse gas balance / Climate neutrality”.

Happy Retirement

December 7, 2020

We wish our longtime employee Monika Trinkaus all the best on her retirement and good luck and relaxation in this new phase of life!

Nicki Cole: Winner of the Mind the Gap Award

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November 19, 2020

We are happy to announce that Nicki Lisa Cole is one of five winners of this year's `Mind the Gap' Award for Equal Opportunity.
Nicki examined global (in)distributive justice using the example of electronics supply chains.
She researched who produces for whom under which circumstances and to what extent the companies involved keep their promises of social responsibility – a hot topic in view of increasing digitalization and the electronic devices produced for it.
Cole approached the subject from the point of view of ethnicity and economic class and presented her results as an invited panellist for the panel "Digitalisation and (Global) Equity: Who benefits, who loses?", part of the annual ICT For Sustainability Conference.

An Ethic of Sustainability is needed

November 18, 2020

In " Der Standard. Forschung aktuell " Günter Getzinger explains how sustainability is ethically based and how it can find entrance in society and its institutions such as universities. Read more

Mind the Gap Jury

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November 12, 2020

Günter Getzinger is member of the Mind the Gap Jury. Together with Vice Rector Horst Bischof, Vice Rector Stefan Vorbach, Barbara Herz and Cornelia Lex this jury honores employess and students who had put human diversity at the center of their theses, research or teaching!

Every year teams or individuals will be awarded a “Mind the Gap” prize for their work  in the categories “Scientific theses”, “Research project”, “Conference contribution, lecture, publication” and “Dissertation”. Teaching content or methods, further training and non-scientific projects are also accepted.

Climate-neutral TU Graz 2030

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November 5, 2020

Graz University of Technology accepts its social responsibilty in terms of climate protection and has adopted a roadmap for the path to climate neutrality by 2030.
Packages of measure among others are
Energy: Electricity UZ46, further switch to heat pump 0.7
Building: Reduction of CO2 footprint in construction
Mobility: E charging infrastructure, promotion of bicyles and public transport use, expansion of e-charging stations, etc.
Business trips: Infrastructure video conferencing, promotion of night trains, long-distance trains, "stay grounded - keep conected"
Climate change adaptation: Greening measures at all TU locations

TU Graz is member of  the Alliance of Sustainable Unverstities in Austria as well of the CCCA - Climate Change Centre Austria, and has furthermore its own Sustainability Advisory Board

Günter Getzinger

The American Sociologist

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November 4, 2020

Christian Dayé is now member of the editorial board of the journal "The American Sociologist".

Reflections on Energy System Transitions

October 28, 2020

Kapil Narula (Visiting Scholar at IAS-STS 2020) is talking about decarbonizing heating in Austria with Christian Holter (SOLID Solar Energy Systems GmbH) and Günter Getzinger (TU Graz).

See the full interview here

STS - Science, Technology and Society Certificate


September 22, 2020

A deeper understanding of the fundamental importance of science and technology for contemporary societies, entrepreneurial action and thinking, intercultural and gender skills, languages and - these are key competencies that are expected from university graduates today.
Graz University of Technology offers a wide range of courses, particularly in the area of freely selectable courses. With the start of the winter semester 2020/21, certificates will also be issued that prove these competencies.

For this purpose, Graz University of Technology offers its students “tracks” in which courses that are sensibly related together deal with a complex topic. 

We are happy to offer you information to the STS - Science, Technology and Society Certificate

Basic (16 ECTS) and Advanced (32 ECTS)

Students of the “Science, Technology and Society” (STS) certificate acquire a deeper understanding of the fundamental importance of science and technology for contemporary societies. This certificate is interdisciplinary and based on the internationally established subject "Science, Technology and Society Studies". On this basis, it offers concrete links to all studies at the Graz University of Technology. The certificate is intended to enable graduates to contribute responsibly to overcoming societal challenges and to the prosperous development of the economy, society and the natural environment.

Dilemmas of Open Science – Between Uptake and Rigor


September 1, 2020

Stefan Reichmann presented a paper entitled “Dilemmas of Open Science – Between Uptake and Rigor” (co-written by Bernhard Wieser) at the 4S/EASST conference on Wednesday 19 August 2020: The paper was submitted as part of disseminating preliminary results of the Horizon2020 project ON-MERRIT ( where the STS Unit is leading a work package on the uptake of Open Science outputs by policy makers. The conference was fully online.

Nicki Cole at the 7th ICT4S

August 31, 2020

Nicki Cole was invited as panelist at the ICT - INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ICT FOR SUSTAINABILITY on the panel topic "Digitalisation and (Global) Equity: Who benefits, who loses?

Panel discussion, recovered live, where Nicki Cole was feature alongeside other experts can be watched here

Courses - Winter term 2020/21

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August 23, 2020

The courses of the STS Unit deal with the diverse relationships between science, technology and society. Our teaching philosophy is to use interactive methods to encourage students to deal with this socio-technical change and to establish references to their own subject area. In this way, we want to contribute to a sustainable, gender-fair, ethical and socially balanced design of technologies with our courses.

Please take a look at the courses offered by the STS Unit. We would be happy if you join one.

MoVe iT Mobility Plan for Graz 2030


May 22, 2020

A team including Günter Getzinger (STS Unit) presented their vision for active mobility in Graz. They postulated twelve demands for quieter residential areas, more space for pedestrians, cyclists and a categorisation of the road network that ranges from large scale / supra-regional accessibility to small-scale regional development.
More information:

We can do it differently

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May 12, 2020

In an article "Wir können auch anders" as part of the recent issue of the Austrian journal DATUM, Günter Getzinger, head of STS/TU Graz, draws a more pessimistic picture regarding lessions learned from corona pandemia, for the fight against climate change: We will mainly see V-shaped graphs, sometimes with a higher right wing, sometimes with a lower one, sometimes equal. With global carbon dioxide emissions we have reasonable hope for the second option: the comeback of coal to power is contested, the collapse of the oil market accelerates switchings to gas and electricity.
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Christian Dayé: Experts, Social Scientists, and Techniques of Prognosis in Cold War America

May 5, 2020

As can be evinced in the current COVID pandemia, one way in which modern societies react to times of insecurity is by addressing increased hopes to experts. This phenomenon has been in the focus of a recent book publication by Christian Dayé. Entitled Experts, Social Scientists, and Techniques of Prognosis in Cold War America (Palgrave, 2020), the book traces the origin of various techniques or social prognosis at the RAND Corporation, a U.S. think tank based in Santa Monica, CA. Among the techniques covered are the Delphi method and Political Gaming, two techniques that became central to the then nascent movement of future studies and are still widely used today in fields ranging from management studies to technology assessment and public health.

IAS-STS Fellowship Programme 2020-2021

April 2, 2020

The IAS-STS invites researchers to apply for a stay between 1 October 2020 and 30 June 2021 as a research fellow (up to nine months) or visiting scholar (shorter period, e.g. one month)!

Application Deadline extended to May 30, 2020

For application forms and further information please visit: IAS-STS.

Poster Exhibition Opening: Climate Crisis and Change in Awareness

© Constanze Seidl, Alexander Wenzel, KUG

March 9, 2020

On 4th of March accompanying their lecture series, the nine Styrian universities, under the leadership of the university network "Sustainability4U", presented a Styrian wide poster exhibition on the explosive thematic pair "Climate crisis and change in awarness".

State President Manuela Khom and representatives of the city of Graz and the Styrian university conference openend the exhibition at the Landhaus. The poster presentation then will be shown at the Styrian Universities.

The exhibition "Climate Crisis and Change in Awarenesss" shows problems and fields of action that exist in the context of the climate crisis and it focuses on important climate-related issues.
The first part of the exhibition deals primarily with the scientific side of the climate crisis. The second part is more about socio-economic and political aspects of the climate issue.

The climate crisis, among many other challenges, requires that - like in Paris Climate agreement and recorded in SDG 13 - immediate measures have to be taken to bring greenhouse gas emissions to 0 as quickly as possible so that the desired 1.5 - 2 ° C global average surface temperature warming compared to pre-industrial level can be achieved.

In addition to "technical" measures for decarbonization (the economy, energy supply etc.) needs a broad change in consciousness as to how it is active is demanded by civil society. Social innovations and cooperation at all levels are the order of the day. 

Poster exhibition
Editor: University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) on behalf of the Styrian University conference
Conception of content: David Steinwender, MSc; Gregor Fallmann, BSc
Reviewer: Ass.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Günter Getzinger, TU Graz; Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Karl Steininger, University of Graz
Graphic:   Katja Melbinger, BEd, Andreas Balatka - Nextseason Werbeagentur 
Content support: Moritz Steinbacher, BSc; Mag. Mario Diethart, Uniyersity of Graz  

Lecture by Armin Grunwald: Climate Crisis and Change in Awareness

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March 6, 2020

On March 4, Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald, head of the Institute for Technology Assessment at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Sustainability4U lecture series, which was held for the first time by the Styrian university conference and offered by Günter Getzinger and Urs Hirschberg, with a lecture on "Climate crisis and change in awareness". His findings were initially negative: Despite detailed scientific knowledge, despite thirty years of political efforts, global CO2 emissions are increasing.
The Fridays for Future movement has raised the awareness of the population again, and yet there can be no talk of a radical, sustainable lifestyle change by the majority of the population towards more frugality. Nevertheless, Armin Grunwald closed his lecture optimistically: Politics - and it bears the main responsibility - must speak honestly about the costs of climate change, announce ambitious goals and necessary drastic steps early on, so that the economy and society can adjust to them in good time. A little bit reassuring: The contribution of technology to solving the problem is indispensable, but not sufficient.

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Tool “Climcalc” – Becoming a climate-neutral university is possible

Photo credits: David Steinwender

March 4, 2020

20 delegates from universities and universities of applied sciences from all over Austria gathered on March 3rd 2020 for the workshop “Greenhouse Gas Accounting for higher educational institutions”. The workshop aimed at giving basic information about how to create a greenhouse gas (GHG) balance and how to implement measures to reduce GHG emissions from an institutional point of view. In addition, the workshop provided the possibility to exchange experiences and clarify practical questions.

The project is carried out by the Graz University of Technology, the University of Life Sciences in Vienna of and the Environment Agency Austria, funded by the “Klima und Energiefonds” in Austria.

On the way to climate-neutrality

February 24, 2020

Universities and higher educational institutions can play a leading role in implementing ambitious climate protection measures according to the Paris Agreement. This requires first of all the creation of a balance of greenhouse gases.
Second, based on the balance, measures to become climate-neutral can be developed and implementated.

Within the project "Climate Protection at Universities - University GHG Accounting and GHG Reduction 2.0" of Graz University of Technology, Boku Vienna University of Technology and the Environment Agency Austria, universities, colleges and schools are supported in this process.

A workshop will be held on March 3rd 2020 to introduce the greenhouse gas accounting tool ClimCalc and to exchange experiences in the development of greenhouse gas reduction strategies.

Further information about the workshop is provided here.

Climate Crisis and Change in Awareness

February 11, 2020

Lecture by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 6 p.m., Aula TU Graz
Rechbauerstrasse 12, 1st floor

A change in awareness has been demanded since global environmental changes became known in the 1970s. A lot of time has passed by. Environmental and climate awareness have changed during this time, at least in many European countries. A lot has happened in technology too, if you compare the efficiency of today's cars with those of the past. And a lot has changed politically. But still, none of this seems to be enough. Emissions rise, the prospects for the future of the climate darken. What is going wrong here? Answers to this question would be the key to how we can do better.
The lecture wants to take this route a little bit.

This lecture is part of the lecture series Sustainability4U lecture series: "Climate crisis and change in awareness"

Welcome Nicki Cole

February 5, 2020

Nicki Lisa Cole, PhD is an American sociologist with expertise in consumer culture and global supply chains, with a particular focus on the production and consumption of electronics, sustainable and ethical production and consumption, and fair trade systems. She has worked at universities and research organisations in California, England and Austria. 

Nicki was a researcher at the University of York (England) in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work and at the Stockholm-Environment Institute-York from 2017–2018 and before that was a funded Research Fellow for two years at IAS-STS. Before moving to Europe, Nicki was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Pomona College in Claremont, California. She completed a PhD in sociology at the University of California-Santa Barbara in 2011. 
Nicki’s research has been published in Race, Gender & Class, Contexts, and in the edited volume, Consumer Culture, Modernity and Identity. Her writing on Apple, Inc. has appeared in Truthout, CounterPunch, Sociological Images, and in the edited volumes Media Education for a Digital Education, and Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times. 
We are happy to welcome Nicki Cole in our Team!

Milestones of Sociology

January 8, 2020

Milestones of Sociology by Christian Fleck and Christian Dayé  looks back on the history of sociology and marks the decisive milestones in its development. These "milestones" - newly formulated ideas, the establishment or development of institutional arrangements, changing forms of cooperation or the introduction of new methods and research techniques - are presented in chronological order.

The Carbon Footprint of Unversities in Austria

December 12, 2019

Universities play a special part as role models. More and more universities are assuming their responsibility and are trying to help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by universities.
With the Climcal method, developed by Alliance of Sustainable Universities in Austria, universities can gain a precise insight into those areas in which  the majority of their greenhouse gas emissions occure. This method can monitor their development over the years and take effective measures that aim at a CO2 neutral university.

For more information on method, results and strategies for the reduction of greenhouse please see the article (in Gaia 4/2019) from Günter Getzinger, Dominik Schmitz, Sascha Mohnke, David Steinwender and Thomas Lindenthal. 

Proceedings of the STS Conference Graz 2020

December 16, 2019

The annual STS Conference Graz provides a space for scholars from part of the world to present and discuss their research with peers.

In their papers, the conference participants address the complex ways in which science, technology and society co-involve and mutually shape one another.

The Social Life of Methods

December 3, 2019

At the joint invitation of the sociological institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Charles University, Christian Dayé gave a lecture in Prague at the end of November on" The Social Life of Methods: Lessons from Cold War Social Science.

Digital Health: what is changing for our understanding of health?

November 21, 2019

Bernhard Wieser discusses how the development of digital health technologies changes our understanding of health and illness. Of particular significance in the context discussed are the technologically mediated possibilities of seamless monitoring and a comprehensive simulation. Digital health technologies are changing not only the mode of intervention of medical action, but also what we call the autonomous subject. Health becomes a quantifiable goal and an optimization practice.


Call for Abstracts

November 20, 2019

The Call for Abstracts for the upcoming STS Conference Graz 2020 is now open.
Please submit your abstract online!

Styrian school-ready screening: Trust him, he is the pilot!

October 15, 2019

The reference to the preliminary nature of the study does not change the responsibility of the researchers involved.

In a pilot phase in Styria, the school maturity of infants is determined by means of an App. Sociologist Christian Dayé (STS Unit of Graz University of Technology) points out the special relationship of trust between researchers and study participants in a guest comment (Der Standard, 14.10.2019).

Christine Wächter nominated for the Gabriele Possaner State Prize

October 10, 2019

Our colleague Christine Wächter was nominated for the Gabriele Possaner State Prize. This Prize is awarded to a person from the field of research and teaching, whose scientific achievements sustainability promote gender research in Austria.

Christian Dayé at the Austrian Sociological Association in Salzburg

October 7, 2019

At the recent conference of the Austrian Sociological Association ( in Salzburg (26 to 28 September 2019), Christian Dayé organized and chaired a lively plenary discussion on the past, present, and future of sociology in Austria. The panelists were (from right to left): Karin Scaria-Braunstein (University of Graz), Susanne Pernicka (Johannes Kepler University Linz), Frank Welz (University of Innsbruck), and Josef Langer (University of Klagenfurt).


October 1, 2019

The STS Unit is growing steadily!
Wer are happy to welcome our new colleagues
Julian Anslinger, Michael Kriechbaum and Stefan Reichmann.

Call for Sessions

September 23, 2019

We invite you to submit a session proposal for the upcoming STS Conference, Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies, in Graz, held from 4 - 6 May 2020.

To this end, we suggest a number of thematic fields as a guideline to address contemporary challenges of the interplay between science, technology and society.
We would like to encourage session proposers to address one of these thematic fields.

The format of your proposed session does not need to be limited to academic paper and presentations. We encourage you to suggest interactive and innovative session formats, such as group discussions, world cafes, round tables, etc. Please specify your idea in case you plan an alternative setting by briefly describing it in your session proposal.

Please use this online form and submit your proposal by October 30, 2019.

Technology Assessment of Genome Editing

September 4, 2019

In a press conference organised on 28 August 2019 in Basel the Swiss-based foundation TA-SWISS presented the results of a technology assessment study which was conducted by an interdisciplinary Austrian-Swiss consortium. Armin Spök and Caroline Hammer, both members of the Science, Technology and Society Unit, were the TU Graz researchers involved.

The presentation was very timely, as the Swiss Parliament has recently started to explore the options and needs for legal action and policy development prompted by genome editing. In 2018 members of the consortium including Armin Spök were invited to the Swiss parliament to report in interim results of this study.

Genome editing encompasses a variety of molecular techniques allowing genetic modification of virtually all living beings with higher precision and at higher pace compared to conventional gene technology. Moreover, it allows minimal genetic modifications of e.g. in food crop plants - which at this point in time - cannot be distinguished from conventional breeding. The study investigated potential advantages of and challenges of applications of genome editing in human medicine, plant and animal breeding and for so called “gene-drives”. The latter are genetic elements which could very rapidly spread a desired genetic information in a population. This type of mechanisms could also be used to eradicate populations of carriers for disease such as Malaria.

The full study (in German language) can be ordered as a paper copy but is also available for free download as e-book version  at Abridged versions are also available in German, English, French and Italian language (for English see

STS Austria Award for Early Career Publications

September 3, 2019

To support the research and visibility of early career researchers in Science and Technology Studies, STS Austria will award a prize for the best publications by young researchers.

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2019

Further details and information

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. Further information

Ruth Oldenziel explores the bicycle city of Graz

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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

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

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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 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

H.Torgersen ©Walter Peissl    Sabine T. KÖSZEGI ©Luiza Puiu
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 technological 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

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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:

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 project team, emphasize.

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

Responsible of the broadcast: Sylvia Andrews
Interviewpartner: Bernhard Wieser / Sozialwissenschaftler /TU Graz; Ingeborg Holzer / Einsatzleiterin Volkshilfe Murtal, Martina Lang /Soziologin / IFZ Graz; Kurt Zatloukal / Med Uni Graz

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

IAS-STS Fellowship Progamme 2019/2020

November 29, 2018

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:

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

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November 15, 2018

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.

TU Graz expert invited to the Swiss Parliament


November 7, 2018

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.

Welcome Christian Dayé!

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November 5, 2018

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 Universtity of Graz and the University of 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.

Frontiers Guest Editor

February 28, 2018

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.

Open-Access Tage 2018

October 10, 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.

Call for Sessions - STS Conference Graz 2019

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September 4, 2018

The STS Conference Graz 2019, May 6-7 is the joint Annual Conference of the Science, Technology and Society Unit - Graz University of Technology, the Inter-Disciplinary Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture (IFZ) and the Institute of Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS).

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

Teaching - Winter term 2018/19

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August 24, 2018

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.

Postdoctoral Researcher - Deadline Extended

June 23,  2018

We are expanding our team – Postdoc Researcher (25 hours/week)

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, Science, Technology and Society Unit, Graz University of Technology, no later than 24.08.2018.

STS Conference Graz 2018

May 14, 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!

YEP (Young Energy Professionals) - Zukunftwerkstatt

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April 28, 2018

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.

Sustainable in the future

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March 8, 2018

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

Please read the full report here