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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.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-05-01 - 2025-04-30

The project strip cropping is an agricultural innovation project in Hofkirchen im Traunkreis, which is implemented by three organic farmers together with the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna and the Research Institute HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein. The aim of the project is to create an arable farming system with "strip cropping", which meets the challenges of the current regional and global problems in the area of the decline of biodiversity, the decline of soil fertility and the increase in weather extremes. Unlike monoculture farming, strip cropping involves growing multiple crops within the same field in contiguous strips. Each crop is "moved on" to the adjacent strip each year. This form of land management increases the resilience and stability of the production system and provides a much more diverse and attractive habitat for a variety of insects and other wildlife. The project will investigate how strip cropping can be implemented in practice and what effects occur in terms of yield and quality of the harvested products, health of the plants, biodiversity on the field and resilience of the system.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-02-01 - 2023-12-31

The main aim of the “Explore Research from East to West in Austria” (exploREsearch) project is to increase the understanding of the key benefits that research brings to society in general, but also to promote and facilitate greater public participation in the entire scientific processes. Our further aim is to enhance youth’s engagement with science and research and in this way encourage them to become future researchers. For the first time in Austria, the ERN will be organised in several major cities (Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck) at the same time covering Austria from East to West and enabling about a third of the Austrian population to directly participate at the event. We created a program that integrates researchers from almost all significant research institutions in these cities, which aim to use the ERN framework to share their knowledge and present their activities and projects. Moreover, support for the event and its promotion was stated by Austrian ministries (including also financial support), other public stakeholders, funding agencies and further initiatives. The event will, on the one hand incorporate on-site formats such as Scientific Booths and Workshops, Science Talks, Science Cafes, Science Slams, the EU-Corner as well as several Social Activities to bring public and science closer together. On the other hand, virtual formats will integrate lectures and workshops as well as a live stream from the on-site stage program for online visitors. Interdisciplinarity plays a significant role in this project and its activities integrate more than 25 domains covering fundamental to applied science as well as physics to arts aiming to provide something for everyone.

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