Latest SCI publications

Latest Projects

Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-01-01 - 2023-12-31

Derzeit fehlen Langzeitstudien über die Besiedelung von neu angelegten ökologischen Ausgleichsflächen durch Insekten und damit auch eine wesentliche Grundlage für eine effektive Planung von Agrar-Umweltmaßnahmen. Dieses Projekt soll klären mit welchem Mix and kurz- und langfristigen Maßnahmen die Biodiviersität in der Agrarlandschaft optimal gefördert werden kann. REGRASS 2 baut auf das über drei Jahre durchgeführte Projekt REGRASS (2017-2019) auf, in dem der Beitrag von neu angelegten ökologischen Ausgleichsflächen für die Förderung der Biodiversität von Nützlingen und Ökosystemleistungen in der Agrarlandschaft untersucht wurde. Das erste Ziel der vorliegenden Studie ist es, die Biodiversität von Nützlingen in den neu angelegten Wiesen in den Jahren 2021-22 zu untersuchen, und diese mit der Biodiversität in den bereits lange etablierten Wienerwaldwiesen zu vergleichen. Dies erscheint uns wichtig um zu sehen, ob und wenn ja in welcher Form sich die Trends aus den Jahren 2017-2019 weiter entwickeln. Das gleiche gilt auch für die Interaktionen zwischen den neu angelegten Wiesen und den angrenzenden Wintergetreideflächen. Hierbei wollen wir herausfinden, ob die Zahlen an Nützlingen im Getreide angrenzend an die neuen Wiesen ansteigen, sich das Nützlingspotenzial erhöht und als Konsequenz auch die Ökosystemleistungen biologische Schädlingskontrolle und Bestäubung über die Zeit hinweg ansteigen. Das zweite Ziel der Studie ist der Vergleich der Biodiversität zwischen den neu angelegten Wiesen und den bereits etablierten alten Wienerwaldwiesen und den ÖPUL-geförderten Biodiversitätsflächen in den Jahren 2021-22. Es werden Wildbienen, Honigbiene, Hummeln, Schwebfliegen, Laufkäfer, Spinnen, Schmetterlinge, Heuschrecken und Wanzen untersucht. Wie schon beim ersten Ziel geht es uns darum herauszufinden, wie sehr sich die Trends aus den Jahren 2017-2019 in den Jahren 2021-2022 weiter entwickeln.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-02-02 - 2023-02-01

Objectives: The process of publishing preliminary results in a pre-print approach is aimed to share results as fast as possible and to give citizen scientists feedback in a timely manner. Furthermore, new research questions based on submitted observations of citizen scientists will be identified, opening the research process even further. This approach should lead to an increase in scientific literacy in participating citizen scientists and also result in an open and innovative research process. Approach: The basis of our approach is the citizen science project Roadkill (https://roadkill.at/). Citizen science describes a scientific method where scientists and laypeople collaborate in a scientific project. In Project Roadkill the participants are collecting data on road-killed animals by using apps and a website. In Project Roadkill, over 800 participants reported >13.000 road-killed animals since 2014. Project Roadkill is therefore a perfect starting point for our approach in which we collaborate with citizen scientists in the scientific publishing process on three different time levels: 1. Citizen scientists use real-time data of project Roadkill and customizable scientific analyses as basis for their questions; 2. A research topic can be selected by citizen scientists based on sent-in questions and quarterly analyses with more detailed information on e.g. how many citizen scientists have contributed how much data (and on which species) and how many protected species have been reported in the last 3 months; 3. a research question will be co-designed and annual in-depth analyses are provided focusing on the surrounding landscapes of the reported roadkills and the type of roads from where these roadkills have been reported.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2020-05-01 - 2021-04-30

The main aim of the “Forschung begreifen” (Understanding Science) project is to increase understanding of the key benefits that research brings to society in general but also promote and facilitate greater public participation in the entire scientific process including participation in scientific research as well as dissemination activities. Our further aim is to enhance youth’s engagement with science and research and in this way encourage them to become future researchers. We created a program that integrates researchers from almost all significant research institutions in and around Vienna, which are aiming to use the European Researches’ Night framework to share the knowledge and present their activities and projects. The event will incorporate formats such as School Workshops, Science Talks, Science Cafes, Science Slams, EU-Corner, more than 60 Scientific Booths and 16 Workshops, as well as several Social Activities to bring public and science closer together. Interdisciplinarity plays a significant role in this project and its activities integrate more than 25 domains involving activities from fundamental up to applied science as well as from Physics to Arts aiming to provide something for everyone. The project “Forschung begreifen” integrates 5 partners with different competences, backgrounds and public outreach, therefore being able to implement a successful European Researchers’ Night in Vienna in 2020. Consequently, the main objectives of the “Forschung begreifen“ events are: (i) to enhance both public knowledge and understanding of science, (ii) to explain the benefits of research to the public and how it influences daily life, (iii) to bring the public and science closer together and facilitate a bidirectional flow of information using citizen science, (iv) to offer an exciting learning experience that would increase the climate change awareness and show how researchers but also public can cope with related challenges, (v) to motivate and inspire youth to enjoy, understand and pursue research careers by connecting them with outstanding scientists and innovations, (vi) to become closer to and more involved with art but also show diversity of research in this area, (vii) to increase public awareness of the diversity of scientific research and enable a greater visibility for research centres and innovative projects and (viii) to enhance the recognition of researchers and their role in society.

Supervised Theses and Dissertations