Written in comic script in speech bubbles: Art, Science, Cultural Collisions, Education, cool - lightning bolts are drawn in between.

Cultural Collisions

Cultural Collisions brings together different disciplines and different people, diversity takes place at all levels, but the goal is the big picture.

The internationally tested, interdisciplinary art and science education format gives pupils access to the world of science and technology. They approach complex topics through artistic exploration. This promotes early inspiration for their later choice of studies. 

The diversity of technology and the associated job profiles, which are constantly changing with great dynamism, are often difficult for young people to grasp. Outdated role models and persistent stereotypes still deter young women. 

Cultural Collisions enables a new approach through a creative approach to directly experience the perspective of "technician as a profession". In addition to highlighting career options, this also helps to counteract the lack of young people in STEM professions.

Challenges

Society faces the following challenges: 

  • shortage of young people in STEM professions 
  • Outdated role models and stereotypes
  • low number of female students in technical and scientific studies

We counteract these with the Cultural Collisions project by inspiring students to study STEM subjects and motivating them to break through stereotypes. In this way, we improve the image of technical professions and master the challenges of the future with suitable skilled personnel. The artistic and creative engagement with scientific topics creates interdisciplinary competences that are urgently needed in almost all fields in the 21st century.

Target group

Aimed at teachers and their classes with pupils between 12 and 14 years of age. 

Focus on climate change

The content is dedicated to climate change. Among them are the following focal topics: 

  • Cities / Buildings
  • Energy
  • Production / Technologies
  • Resources / Materials
  • (E-)Mobility

Sponsors and donors

We would like to thank our sponsors and donors who make such a project possible.

Overall Project management and Fundraising

Portrait photo Nicole Moneta

© Klaus Ranger

Nicole Moneta, BSc

Phone: +43 1 58801 406808
culturalcollisions@tuwien.ac.at   

Content-related project management and coordination

Portrait photo Michael Hoch

© Michael Hoch

Dr. Michael Hoch

culturalcollisions@tuwien.ac.at    

About Michael Hoch

Michael Hoch, born in Vienna, studied at TU Wien (Technical Physics) and at University of Vienna (Teaching SubjectPhysics and Sports). During his studies he also realised several art projects. After his doctorate, he planned and built one of the large detectors at the CERN-LHC project in the ALICE science collaboration. Afterwards, he worked as a senior physicist at CERN for the Austrian Academy of Science on the CMS experiment and began to work artistically again. 

In the last 10 years Hoch has initiated, planned and/or managed many international science communication projects. For his specialisation, the "creation of an interdisciplinary science and art dialogue based on global networking of competence bearers", he received the award for "Science Communication" from the EPH European Physical Society in 2017. In recent years, he has successfully implemented projects in Korea, the USA, Canada, Japan, Oman, Colombia, the Balkans, as well as in Austria and Switzerland. These events, which always have an educational component, have been recognised and awarded several times internationally.

Impressions of past events

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