Lecture: What kind of knowledge is future knowledge? Outlines of a university research into the future

26 Januray 2023

On January 25, 2023, Christian Dayé gave a lecture on the topic "What kind of knowledge is future knowledge? Contours of university futures research" in the auditorium of Graz University of Technology.

Christian Dayé dealt with the following questions, among others: What form of the future are we interested in? Why is the university the right place for future research? Finally, the lecture also outlined how futurology can be taught.

The lecture was part of the series of lectures "FUTURE - The contribution of universities to solving social crises. A series of lectures by the nine Styrian universities" (WS 2022/23).

More information on the lecture series: http://sustainability4u.uni-graz.at/cms/index.php?id=139

Christian Dayé in Portrait

27 December 2022

Christian Dayé explores what role the future plays for societies. For several years, he has been focusing on how technological advances impact on society. His book on this topic has now won an award. You can find out more about his work and his latest publication, which was honored by the Section History of Sociology&Social Thought of the American Sociological Association in TU Graz research 2022-2/#28, page 14-15.


Transformations. Socio-Philosophical Perspectives of Change

5 December 2022

The book "Transformations. Socio-philosophical perspectives of change" by Bernhard Wieser, Kirstin Mertlitsch and Arno Bammé deals with current transformation processes: Global events such as climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic, economic and social change and changes in traditional gender relations raise questions as to how these change processes can be understood and constructively shaped. The complexity of this problem required an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach, as implemented in the proposed volume.
The authors use concrete examples to discuss central challenges of current transformation processes and, taken together, provide a basis for reflection with which the observed change can be countered.



We have moved

[Translate to Englisch:] Neues, Modernes Bürogebäude

28. October 2022

From now on you will find us at our new address: Data House, Sandgasse 36/III, 8010 Graz.

Lecture series 2022: "FUTURE - The contribution of universities to solving social crises

27 Septemer 2022

As part of the 2022 ring lecture of the nine Styrian universities (five universities, two teacher training colleges and two technical colleges), whose cooperation is based on the idea of ​​a common university awareness, we invite you to a ring lecture in WS 2022/23 under the leadership of Sustainability4U, the sustainability platform of the four Grazers universities. Under the title "FUTURE - The contribution of universities to solving social crises", the speakers will consider from the perspective of various disciplines how they can contribute to a sustainable future. Afterwards there will be a discussion with the audience.

On the 14 December 2022 our colleague Christian Dayé will give a lecture:
What kind of knowledge is future knowledge? Outlines of a university research into the future
Location: HS II (Rechbauerstraße 12, 1st basement), 6:00 p.m

New Appointment: January 25, 2023, Aula, Alte Technik, Rechbauerstraße 12, 6 p.m.

Call for Session Proposals

20 September 2022

We invite you to submit a session proposal for the upcoming STS Conference in Graz, held from May 8–10, 2023.   
We suggest a number of thematic fields as a guideline to address contemporary challenges of the interplay between science, technology and society.  Submit Session

Climate neutral Universities in Austria

22 July 2022

In the GAIA magazin (02/2022) Günter Getzinger and colleagues provided information about the efforts of the alliance universities to become climate neutral. More and more members of the Alliance for Sustainable Universities in Austria Roadmaps designed to ensure climate neutrality in the years between 2030 and by 2040 (at the latest). Intending to be a role model and pioneer, they are entering into a very ambitious, steep decarbonization process.

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Energy Globe Award 2022

[Translate to Englisch:] (v.l): Harald Kainz, Rektor der TU Graz, Landesrätin Ursula Lackner und Projektleiter Günter Getzinger. Bildquelle: Johannes Gellner

7 July 2022

The Energy Globe STYRIA AWARD honors outstanding Styrian lighthouse projects.  52 projects took part in the competition this year and impressed the expert jury with the variety of ideas and regional know-how.
In the categorie "Adaption" the award goes to TU Graz Project: Climata Neutral TU Graz 2030.
As first University in Austria, TU Graz decided to become climate-neutral by 2030 and has adopted an ambitious roadmap to do so.
he measures range from saving energy, increasing efficiency and in-house production of green energy to buildings, procurement and mobility. The basis for the documentation of progress is a comprehensive and precise greenhouse gas balance, which includes the entire university infrastructure and is updated annually.

We very much congratulate Günter Getzinger (Project Lead) and Franziska Häller, who are in charge in this ambitious project.

STS Unit Retreat

23 June 2022

After two years the STS Unit finally made an STS retreat. We enjoyed this time together with our enthusiastic young researchers in an awesam landscape. 

Christian Dayé: Award Winner of the History of Sociology and Social Thought (HOSST) section of the American Sociological Association

[Translate to Englisch:] (C) Paul Jossee

27 June 2022

Christian Dayé´s Book Experts, Social Scientists, and Techniques of Prognosis in Cold War America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) has been named a 2022 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award Co-Winner of the History of Sociology and Social Thought (HOSST) section of the American Sociological Association. We warmly congretulate!

Sustainability Award 2022 - 2nd Place

25 June 2022

In June 2022 the Project "Climate neutral TU Graz 2022, lead by Günter Getzinger and Franziska Häller won the Sustainability Award (2nd Place, Field of activity "Administration and Management").

More information regarding the Sustainabiliy Awards 2022

The ethical challenges of automated driving

3 June 2022

As part of the “In Focus” series, the “Ethical Challenges of Automated Driving” event, was held for the first time on March 11, 2019 at TU Graz.

5 experts, among them Günter Getzinger, discussed their opinion of view. The discussion focused on the interplay between technical aspects, economic use cases and the resulting impact on the functionality and use of autonomous vehicles. The aim of the event was to open up the discourse within TU Graz with regard to technology assessment.

This publication presents the results of this event to a broader public of automated driving.

STS Conference Graz 2022 - Thank you!

10 May 2022

Thanks to all participants and speakers, who made this year´s conference a special event. We look forward to seeing you again at the STS Conference Gaz 2023 in early May.

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 Getzinger, 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.

more information


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

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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 orf.at (online: March 23)

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

[Translate to Englisch:] (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, 2022 | 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.

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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9zaHfpPAbU

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

22 November 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

18 November 2021

As part of the lecture series "Climate Crisis and Change in Awareness" we cordially invite you to the lecture by Michael Kriechbaum (TU Graz/ University of Graz) "Climate Awareness and Hypes: Renewable Energies in Public Discourse".

Based on empirical research, Mr. Kriechbaum will explain the role of expectations in the development and proliferation of new technologies, as well as that of technological hype cycles and the associated dynamics of collective expectations.

15 December 2021, 6 p.m

lecture recording

Scientific impact

3 November  2021

Christian Dayé’s 2018 article on the history of the Delphi technique as a tool of prognosis (https://doi.org/10.1177/0306312718798497) 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.