818005 Environmental Risk camp. A perspective from bio/nanotechnologies and geo-engineering

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Lalyer, Carina Roberta , Giese, Bernd Moritz
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


The course introduces students to the impacts of risk technologies on the environment and the instruments developed for technology assessment. Aspects and concepts of risk, governance, policy, and environmental ethics will be the subject for 9 days in August 2024. Three technological developments will be discussed: bioengineering, plastics and nanoparticles, and geo-engineering.
The course is a joint initiative from BOKU, Babeș-Bolyai University and Kaunas University of Technology, and it is part of an Erasmus Blended Intensive Program (BIP).
The course takes place on the 5th-13th of August in Vienna, Austria, at the BOKU Türkenschantz Campus. There is a virtual component of the course that lasts two hours and takes place the previous week, date to be announced soon.

For more information, please check our institute's page: https://boku.ac.at/wau/risk/newsitem/78095

1. Concepts of risk and (emerging) risk technologies, ecological vulnerability, pathways to risk
2. Introduction to bio and nanotechnology and geo-engineering
3. Prospective technology assessment
4. Governance, policy and identified needs regarding the discussed technologies
5. Concepts of environmental ethics
6. Intercultural exchange activities
7. BOKU university visits

Previous knowledge expected

Ability to communicate in English

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After the successful completion of this course, students can:
Collaborate in an international environment, Define concepts of “risk” and risk technologies
Summarize the current policies, regulations and needs of the discussed technologies
Explain the ethical argumentation of using the mentioned technologies
Communicate scientific results from published papers
Describe the concepts of prospective technology assessment
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.