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The blog ‘Talking about… provides a platform for a variety of people connected with TU Graz to write about topics relevant to the university. Students, graduates, teachers, researchers, staff, cooperation partners and friends of TU Graz all share ideas, experiences, opinions and tips.

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Talking about ... ... Summer school in the Land of the Rising Sun

PhD student Katharina Kocher tells how two completely different cultures can together contribute substantially to the realisation of sustainable energy production via controlled oxyhydrogen gas reaction.

Every year, the Institute of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology of TU Graz in cooperation with the Yokohama National University organises the International Summer School on PEFCs, at which teaching staff from six different countries help students and researchers to further develop...

25. March 2019

Talking about ... Microelectronics: The unsung hero of everyday life

Microelectronics from Austria? Really? Patrick Schrey is meanwhile wearily used to this reaction. For him, as an electrical engineer, it’s normal to be ever present but never seen.

I wasn’t aware before that microelectronics is developed and produced in Austria. For me microelectronics was always far away in Silicon Valley or in the Asian region. But, in fact, I can reach a manufacturing facility within the hour from my flat in Graz – comfortably even by public transport. ...

19. October 2018


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Talking about …Smart district development in small towns

Aglaée Degros, head of the Institute of Urbanism at TU Graz, describes how small and medium-sized towns are able to deal with the challenges of sustainable urban development.

Scant sustainable forms of mobility, vacant shops in the town centres and stagnation in the implementation of the energy revolution particularly affect small and medium-sized towns and European urban regions. The Institute of Urbanism at TU Graz is giving its attention to this topic and together...

14. September 2018

Talking about … The new economy and the old economy

What’s it like to actively take part in a start-up within the structure of the ‘new economy’? Kevin Fister – former TU Graz student – has given this some thought.

Wikipedia defines the new economy as the ‘transition from a manufacturing-based economy to a service-based economy’. In plain language: Spotify, Netflix and Dropbox instead of MP3 players, DVDs and USB sticks. And of course, this includes every type of service, for instance – financial and medical...

23. August 2018

Talking about … Teach, Present, Publish: English for Academic Purposes

Roxane Koitz-Hristov describes her impressions of participating in the faculty training programme Teach, Present, Publish at the TU Graz in cooperation with lecturers from Montclair State University.

How can you overcome the hot summer month of July? Ideally with an English refresher. All “Dad jokes” aside, this July I attended the programme “Teach, Present and Publish in English” at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz). Do you publish papers in international journals, correspond with partner...

9. August 2018

Talking about … advice for first semester students at TU Graz

The admission period starts at TU Graz on 9th July and with it advice about enrolment. Mathematician Erika Lavia explains the questions she had as a prospective student and shares some practical advice.

In my last school year before taking the ‘Matura’ – which are the school leaving exams for university entrance – I thought about whether I wanted to go to university or not, and if so, what I wanted to study. After all, all the admission procedures and admission deadlines are all different for the...

6. July 2018

Talking about … TU Graz StreeTech and me: Same same but different

Robots, hackers, racing cars, dinghies and a concrete canoe: the Graz inner city will soon be transformed into a hotspot of inventive spirit – an arena for student projects.

What do the student teams of TU Graz and Lisa Friessnig have in common? An event! More precisely, the ‘TU Graz StreeTech – the next generation’ which takes place in the heart of the Graz old town on 16th June. Just for one day Main Square and ‘Eiserne Tor’ will become a playground for student...

7. June 2018

Talking about … Sailing at the Course Croisière EDHEC

Katharina Zvetolec recounts why a very special international experience is putting new wind in the sails of the High Performance Sailing Student Team.

At the end of April we were ready. The High Performance Sailing (HPS) TU Graz Student Team was the first Austrian team to take part in the 50th EDHEC regatta in Brest (France). The team was proud to secure eighth position among the 25 Student Teams in our boat class – that’s in the top middle. But...

28. May 2018

Talking about … the TU Graz Field Robotics Team TEDUSAR

How do you build robot systems which can explore the environment autonomously? The field robotics team TEDUSAR deals with this question and many others.

We the Field Robotics Team TEDUSAR (Technology and EDucation for Urban Search And Rescue robots) of TU Graz, are students who share a fascination: robots. More precisely – autonomous robots which can perform certain tasks independently without outside help.

It all began with the development of...

9. May 2018

Talking about … Innovation through synthetic biology

Henrik Seyfried and the NAWI_Graz 2017 iGEM student team managed to get robots and microorganisms to communicate with each other for the iGEM Competition 2017.

There are problems and tasks everywhere in this world and in a variety of shapes and sizes. From ‘small’ challenges in biotechnology to seas contaminated with plastic and climate change. The ‘international genetically engineered machine (iGEM)’ competition inspires students throughout the world to...

13. April 2018