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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-10-01 - 2025-05-31

Austria is home to around 700 species of wild bees. This group of insects is one of the most efficient pollinators and is thus indispensable for the functionality of terrestrial ecosystems. Due to their differentiated habitat requirements, they are also ideally suited as indicator organisms for nature conservation. Various studies have shown a strong decline of wild bees in recent decades. Little is known about their status and development in Austria. However, knowledge about this is a central prerequisite for the effective protection of wild bees. Therefore, the objectives of the project are (1) the documentation of the status quo of wild bees on the basis of selected sites in the Austrian cultural and natural landscape (arable land, grassland, protected areas), (2) the connection of the wild bee indicator to the planned Austrian monitoring program based on BINATS and ÖBM and (3) the introduction of a bumble bee monitoring as a Citizen Science project. The planned project will be the basis for a well-founded assessment of the population situation of wild bee species in Austria.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-03-01 - 2018-12-31

The von Bertalanffy equation was developed in the 1940s and has since been the almost universal biologically motivated model to describe the ontogenetic growth of different species; it is characterized by the metabolic exponents a = 2/3, b = 1. West et al. (1997, 2001) suggested another pair of metabolic exponents (a = 2/3, b = 1) and provided biological reasoning for this choice. This project proposes biological reasoning for yet two other exponent pairs based on the ideas of Bertalanffy and West about metabolism and on a model of Parks (1982) about the dependency of growth on food intake.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-06-01 - 2024-11-30

The STEM disciplines are of central importance for Austria as a business location. Despite many efforts and activities (both in and out of school), too few students still decide to pursue further education in the STEM fields. Parents are also often unaware of the prospects in this field. The surveys from the previous project WTZ-OST/KV MINT showed that placement initiatives should be designed in a participatory and hands-on way and, if possible, also include current developments in digitalisation. In order to facilitate low-threshold access, the formats should be designed to be as outreach-oriented as possible. Based on these results, STEM prototypes were developed that will be expanded and continued in the course of this follow-up project. The insights gained from the conception of the activities of the predecessor project during the Covid-19 pandemic will also be incorporated - the planned activities will be developed in different formats (presence, digital or hybrid) and thus take into account the advancing digitalisation. It is important not only to arouse enthusiasm for STEM topics at an early stage, but also to consider interdisciplinary and diversity-friendly approaches that can serve as models for further developments in the STEM field. The target group of these projects are pupils and (young) scientists as well as the general public, with a special focus on diversity and inclusion.

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