2nd STS Austria Conference an der AAU, 17.-19.9.2018 – Programme


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„Politik(beratung) aus dem Computer“ (Gastkommentar von Dr. Anja Bauer für das aktuelle APA-Science Dossier zu Simulationen in der Forschung)


74 Prozent der Deutschen sind nur dann für technische Neuerungen, wenn sie mit sozialen Werten wie Umweltschutz oder Gerechtigkeit harmonieren

Das ist nur eines der Ergebnisse, die das Projekt TechnikRadar hervorbrachte. Die Studie will ein langfristiges Monitoring darüber bieten, was die Deutschen über Technik denken. Das Projekt wird für die ersten drei Jahre von acatech (Deutsche Akademie für Technikwissenschaften) und der Körber-Stiftung gefördert. Der Projektgruppe gehört unter anderem Daniel Barben, Vorstand des Instituts für Technik- und Wissenschaftsforschung der AAU, an.


Extended deadline: June 3.! Deadline verlängert bis zum 3. Juni! 2nd STS Austria Conference an der AAU, 17.-19.9.2018

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Extended deadline: June 3.! Call for the 2nd STS Austria Conference at the AAU University Klagenfurt, 17.-19.9.2018

Deadline verlängert bis zum 3. Juni! Call for Abstracts für die 2. STS Austria Konferenz an der AAU, 17.-19.9.2018

Visiting Scholar Speaker Series

Institut für Technik- und Wissenschaftsforschung / Department of Science, Technology & Society Studies

Friday, 1 December 2017, 3 – 5 pm; Sterneckstrasse 15, S.2.16


Invisible Search

Dr. Jutta Haider (Information Studies, Dep. of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, Sweden)


With digital tools now permeating most aspects of society, the use of search engines has become integral to everyday life on many levels. Searching for recipes or the bus timetable, for medical advice, for old neighbourhood photos or the weather report, searching for work-related documents, legal guidance or for the whereabouts of former colleagues, all this is done instantaneously on the same interface and using the same devices, thus inscribing itself into various parts of life. Search permeates myriads of social practices and everyday life on all levels, but it often remains invisible. It appears simple and is done effortlessly. Yet, this effortless simplicity with which online search intersects with everyday life in so many different situations hides an astounding complexity and various strands of research traditions that have since a long time been dealing with different aspects of search and search engines. In fact, an entire set of considerations comes to the fore relating to issues such as the ways in which social practices are integrated with technology, with understandings of what information might be and do in a certain situation, how to make sense of it in a specific context in relation to search algorithms or in which ways to trust or question it. Furthermore, being searchable is today not only often seen as a feature of information, information is also molded to fit the algorithmic shape provided by the tools used for searching, which more often than not is a web search engine.


The use of search engines is curiously dispersed and centralised at the same time. It is dispersed across a vast array of social practices in which it has acquired close to naturalised positions, while it is commercially and technically centralised and controlled by a handful very dominant companies, especially one extremely powerful global player, Google. In the course of this, we can call it, double movement search engines increasingly develop into “suggest engines”, thus merging even further into the background made-up of everyday routines. Ultimately this search-ification of society and the concurrent mundane-ification of search relates to the way in which an increasingly invisible information infrastructure is entangled across culture and its practices and also to which means we have at our disposal for understanding and making sense of these entanglements. In this presentation I draw on empirical work carried out in Sweden to reflect on some of the ways in which search is complicit in shaping the informational texture of issues and of how online search is entangled across practices and situations. I will primarily refer to work carried out in the project Knowledge in a digital world: Trust, Credibility & Relevance on the Web”, funded by the Swedish Research Council, and present some key components of a forthcoming book.

Workshop ‘Responsible Research and Innovation in Practice’

Einladung zum Workshop

‘Responsible Research and Innovation in Practice’

Was bedeutet verantwortungsvolle Forschung und Innovation in der Praxis?

Zeit: 15. November 2017, 10.30-18.00 Uhr

Ort: Hotel Weitzer, Grieskai 12-16, 8020 Graz


weitere Info: http://ifz.at/Media/Dateien/Downloads-IFZ/News/RRI-Workshop_151117


„Technologieentwicklung ist in der Regel nicht Gegenstand demokratischer Aushandlungsprozesse.“

Haben wir die Technik im Griff oder hat die Technik uns im Griff? Und welche Prozesse bringen unsere Technologieentwicklung voran? Und damit: Wer oder was ist entscheidend für die Gestaltung der Welt von morgen? Der Wissenschafts- und Technikforscher Daniel Barben blickt mit ad astra im Sonnenpark St. Veit/Glan in die Zukunft.


Climate Engineering: Unsichere Option im Umgang mit dem Klimawandel (Artikel von Nils Matzner)


Dreaming of the Designer Climate? (Vortrag von Jeroen Oomen, M.A.)

am 21. September 2017 16:00 – 18:00 Uhr

Raum: S.2.16 (Sterneckstraße 15, 2. Stock rechts)

Veranstalter: Institut für Technik- und Wissenschaftsforschung


Due to the excessively slow global reaction to anthropogenic climate change, increasing numbers of researchers over the past decade have turned to climate engineering research. The development of climate engineering, defined by the Royal Society (2009) as ‘deliberate large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment to counteract anthropogenic climate change’, has been characterised by a heated debate about the potential risks and benefits of the various technologies. In an introduction to the topic of climate engineering, I will sketch the current state of affairs in the field of climate engineering, introduce the main histories, and ponder the most pressing social issues connected to intentionally engineering the clima-te on a global scale. From there, I will show how historical trends influence our contempora-ry conception of what climate engineering should be, and how climate engineering is imagi-ned as a possible solution to a possible climate emergency.

Jeroen Oomen is trained in philosophy, sociology and political science, with a particular inte-rest in questions of equality and fairness, environment and climate change. He holds a B.A. (2011) and M.A. (2013) in Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and a M.Sc. (summa cum laude, 2016) in International Relations and Diplomacy at the Uni-versity of Antwerpen. He joined the RCC and Deutsches Museum in October 2015 as a doc-toral candidate and Early Stage Researcher (ESR) of the ENHANCE ITN. Jeroen Oomen divi-des his time between the Deutsches Museum and the RCC. His research entails a historical and sociological study of the politics, scientific development, and public conception of clima-te engineering.

Kontakt: Nils Matzner (nils [dot] matzner [at] aau [dot] at)