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Current projects

ParisBuildings - Transition of the procurement process towards Paris compatible public buildings
In alignment with the Paris Agreement, Austria is committed to development towards a climate neutral society. The ParisBuildings project addresses the implications on buildings in Austria, considering both operational and embodied emissions. Moreover, the project combines environmental with economic assessments and develops Paris compatible public procurement requirements. The derived recommendations are evaluated based on case studies to support Austria’s policymakers.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Günter Getzinger
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.phil.
Alexander Passer
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. MSc
Karl Steininger
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.soc.oec.
Funding sources
  • Klima- und Energiefonds
External Partners
  • Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Wegener Zentrum für Klima und Globalen Wandel
Research areas
Start: 30.11.2019
End: 29.11.2022
Zukunftswerkstatt - Organization and documentation of a future-workshop "Energy of the Furture"
One-day conference on "Conception, implementation and documentation of a future workshop".
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Günter Getzinger
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.phil.
Research areas
Start: 14.04.2018
End: 30.05.2018
EU - CHIC - Chicory as a multipurpose crop for dietary fibre and medicinal terpenes
The Chicory Innovation Consortium’s (CHIC) twofold objective is to (i) explore new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs) in chicory for the production of production of immunomodulatory inulin and medicinal terpenes - products with clear benefits for consumers - and ii) to co-develop with stakeholders sustainable innovation pathways for NPBTs. For pursuing this goal the project will evaluate in parallel the value of four different NPBTs (tilling, gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 for genomic insertion and transient expression, and cisgenesis) with respect to their technical and economic potential, health, and environmental risks, and socio-economic impacts. During the project period the regulatory framework in the EU is likely to be clarified resulting in some NPBTs being considered and regulated as genetically modified plants and others which would not be covered by this legislation. In line with the principles of responsible research and innovation (RRI) project activities will involve stakeholders during the entire R&D process and results will be communicated to interested publics involving also activities by artists. Die TU Graz is WP leader for developing and implementing the RRI-type project design, in particular for the stakeholder engagement. On top TU Graz will conduct analyses of policies relevant to and of possible social impacts of the cultivation of GE chicory.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Armin Spök
Dr.phil. MSc
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Wageningen Universiteit
  • Univerzitet u Beogradu, Institut za biološka istraživanja „Siniša Stanković" , IBISS
  • Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, USTL
  • Wageningen University and Research, Stichting Wageningen Research
  • Istituto Agrario di San Michele all'Adige, Fondazione Edmund Mach, FEM
  • Fundacja Art & Science Synergy Foundation, ASSF
  • VTT - Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus
  • Plant & Food Research Ltd, PFR
  • Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzenbiochemie, IPB
  • Julius Kühn-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen, JKI
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
  • Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnologica, iBET
  • Europese Organisatie Voor Wetenschappelijk Plantenonderzoek, E.P.S.O. IVZW, EPSO
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2017
End: 29.06.2022
ELSA-GEA - Ethical, legal, and socio-economic aspects of genome editing in agriculture
ELSA-GEA investigages possible ethical, legal, and socio-economic aspects of genome editing in agriculture. The overall aim of the project is to inform the public debate and to improve the knowledge base for policy decisions. TU Graz is in charge of stakeholder engagement on technical, scientific, legal, and socio-economic aspects of gene editing.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Armin Spök
Dr.phil. MSc
Funding sources
  • Julius Kühn-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen, JKI
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF
External Partners
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Institut Technik-Theologie-Naturwissenschaften (TTN)
  • Julius Kühn-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen, JKI
  • Leibniz Universität Hannover, Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences - CELLS
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2017
End: 30.10.2019
TA Genome Editing - Interdisciplinary Technology Assessment
This technology assessment investigates the prospects and challenges associated to the application of genome editing in human medicine, plant and animal breeding, microorganisms-based industrial biotechnology, and do-it-yourself (DIY) biology laboratories. The focus thereby lies on prospects for applications, risks, economic, legal and ethical implications for Switzerland.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Armin Spök
Dr.phil. MSc
Funding sources
  • Stiftung für Technologiefolgen-Abschätzung - TA-Swiss
  • Institut für Höhere Studien, IHS
External Partners
  • Katholisch-Theologische Privatuniversität Linz
  • Hochschule Luzern
  • Institut für Höhere Studien, IHS
Research areas
Start: 31.12.2017
End: 27.02.2019
EU - ON-MERRIT - Observing and Negating Matthew Effects in Responsible Research and Innovation Transition
ON-MERRIT targets an equitable scientific system that rewards based on merit rather than the “Matthew Effect” of cumulative advantage. Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), including elements like Open Science and Gender Equality, promises to fundamentally transform scholarship to bring greater transparency and participation to research processes, and increase the impact of outputs. Yet just making processes open will not per se drive re-use or participation unless also accompanied by the capacity (in terms of knowledge, skills, motivation and technological readiness) to do so. Absorptive capacity and ability to capitalize on knowledge resources vary considerably amongst business, researchers and the general public. Those in possession of such capacities are at an advantage, with the effect that RRI’s agenda of inclusivity is put at risk by conditions of “cumulative advantage” (“Matthew Effect”). Recognising this key threat to RRI, ONMERRIT’s transdisciplinary consortium deploys a cutting-edge combination of qualitative (surveys, questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, case-studies) and computational (scientometrics, social network analysis, predictive analytics, text and data mining) methods that use stakeholder participation and co-design to engage researchers, industry, policy-makers and citizens in examining the extent of the Matthew Effect in key RRI elements (Public Engagement, Gender, Open Access/ Open Science and Governance). Selected research questions focus on disciplinary contexts of particular importance for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Agriculture, Climate, and Health). ON-MERRIT then synthesises this evidence to make evidence-based policy recommendations on how Research Performing and Funding Organisations and others should amend policies, indicators and incentives to address and/or mitigate these effects, thus breaking new ground to broaden the SWAFS knowledge-base and show the way ahead for equitable RRI.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Bernhard Wieser
Assoc.Prof. Mag.phil. Dr.phil.
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • KNOW-CENTER GmbH - Research Center for Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics
  • Universidade do Minho, UMinho
  • The Open University
Research areas
Start: 30.09.2019
End: 30.03.2022
MH - Modelling Health (MH) - Computer Modelling for Better Health
Technology Assessment of acceptability of computer simulation and modelling in health care technologies.
Staff member
Project Manager at the Organizational Unit
Bernhard Wieser
Assoc.Prof. Mag.phil. Dr.phil.
Funding sources
  • Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, Abteilung Gesundheit, Pflege und Wissenschaft, Geschäftsstelle des Zukunftsfonds Steiermark, A8
External Partners
  • Medizinische Universität Graz, Institut für Pathologie
  • IFZ - Interuniversitäres Forschungszentrum für Technik, Arbeit und Kultur
Research areas
Start: 31.03.2018
End: 30.08.2018
Project Leaders
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Günter Getzinger
ParisBuildings

Armin Spök
EU - CHIC
ELSA-GEA
TA Genome Editing

Bernhard Wieser
ON-MERRIT

Contact
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