University of Klagenfurt receives over a million euros in funding for City Science Lab, supporting the capital Klagenfurt in its quest to become a climate-neutral city

Klagenfurt am Wörthersee is the only Austrian city to take part in the EU mission “100 Climate-neutral and Smart Cities by 2030”. Numerous ambitious and financially intensive projects are being planned and implemented to help achieve the climate targets, from decarbonising the bus fleet to expanding the supply of green electricity. The University of Klagenfurt will support the city in its efforts to achieve climate neutrality by providing expertise from a wide range of disciplines in the social, cultural, economic and technical sciences. To this end, funding is being provided by the Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) to establish the “City Science Lab (University of Klagenfurt): Climate & Cities Missions in Action”. Funds totalling more than one million euros have now been approved.

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No energy transition without metallic minerals: Research project investigates trade in critical raw materials in times of political unrest

The war between Russia and Ukraine, for example, does not only affect the trade in gas and oil, but also the market for metallic minerals, which Europe urgently needs to boost the energy transition. A research project from the field of economics is investigating how trade in mineral commodities is linked to geopolitical risks.

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Self-fulfilling prophecies: What causes a bank to fail?

We talk about self-fulfilling prophecies when something we have predicted comes true as a result of our conscious and unconscious actions. Jack Bryson, university assistant in the Ada Lovelace Programme, is using modelling and simulations to find out which social science phenomena can cause banks to fail. 

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On “here” and “elsewhere” in literature in Senegal and Austria

The Senegalese literary scholar Mbagnick Sene discovered the works of Franz Innerhofer, Thomas Mann, Peter Handke, Arthur Schnitzler, Franz Kafka, Josef Winkler and Thomas Bernhard in his home country. Today, he is fascinated by identity, politics and the relationship between Africa and Europe in his research on transcultural literary studies. 

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