Dear TUesday Lounge Visitors,

We are pleased to inform you that the TUesday Lounge will reopen in January 2024. Three exciting discussions await you:

 

CITIZEN SCIENCE - Sustainability Transformation at TU Wien on January 9th at 5:30 PM

 

Citizen Science, the participation of citizens in scientific research, has gained significance in various fields in recent years. Not least because numerous studies have demonstrated its comprehensive potential to generate knowledge and raise awareness.

Especially concerning sustainability transformation and the achievement of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), Citizen Science can help develop new goals and metrics, monitor progress in implementation, and fill gaps in traditional data sources.

It encompasses a broad spectrum of research activities, ranging from observations and data collection to formulating a research question, designing a research project, and finally, analyzing, evaluating, and publishing results.

At TU Wien, Citizen Science plays an increasingly significant role, particularly in the fields of urban development and planning, mobility, circular economy, digital tools, and technologies.

In this context, a scientific library can play a mediating role between researchers and citizens. This TUesday Lounge will shed light on Citizen Science and highlight its potentials for TU Wien.

Speakers:

· Dilek Fraisl, opens a file in a new window, Novel Data Ecosystems for Sustainability (NODES), IIASA

· Katja Mayer, opens a file in a new window, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Uni Vienna

· Fabian Dembski, opens a file in a new window, Library, TU Wien & Tallinn University of Technology

· Christian Peer, opens a file in a new window, future.lab - Research Center, TU Wien

Moderation: Charlotte Reiff, opens a file in a new window, Networking and Innovation

Introductory speech: Beate Guba, opens a file in a new window, Head of the Library, TU Wien

The language used for the panel discussion will be German, but attendees are welcome to ask questions in English.

The Lounge Talk will take place in the TUesday Lounge (Kontaktraum, Gußhausstraße 27, 6th floor) at 5:30 pm. The lounge opens at 5 pm, and small snacks and drinks will be available.
 
We look forward to a fruitful exchange of ideas!


Your TU Vision Team

 

TOWARDS A CULTURE OF INCLUSION - Approaching a Vision on January 16th at 5:30 PM

 

The ideal university may be seen as a community of people striving to the highest standard, actively assisting its members on their path to meeting these standards. As such, it includes a spectrum of opinions, individualities, goals, and needs.

For a university, inclusion involves adapting educational and institutional structure in a manner that enables individuals, regardless of their individual and biographical backgrounds, to actively engage in the academic community based on their unique needs and abilities. At the organizational level, inclusion should seamlessly integrate into all academic processes, including research, teaching, and administration, to identify and eliminate barriers, whether they are physical or procedural, visible or invisible, intentional or unintentional.

Naturally, achieving inclusion within a university is not a static or one-time event, but an ongoing, dynamic, and evolving journey. It requires persistent efforts and actions to foster a culture that values diversity, respect, and a sense of belonging over time.

In this Tuesday Lounge we will try to define an inclusive university, and we will discuss routes towards it. Eventually, we will benchmark current initiatives against our vision.

Panelists: 

ModerationGerhard Schütz, Biophysics und Philipp Thurner, opens an external URL in a new window, Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics

The language used for the panel discussion was English and was simultaneously interpreted into Austrian Sign Language by Antonia Maier, MA and karin.moser@oegsdv.at.

Summary: Petra Plicka, opens an external URL in a new window, who conceptualized a graphic summary, opens a file in a new window, accompanied the discussion

 

OPEN ACCESS / OPEN SCIENCE - How Open Can Science Be? on January 23rd at 5:30 PM

 

Open access (OA) refers to the free, immediate, online availability of research outputs such as journal articles or books, combined with the rights to use these outputs fully in the digital environment. OA content is open to all, with no access fees. However, there are different categories (colors) of OA such as gold, green, bronze, platinum and black OA, arising from critical discussions reflecting the different needs of journals, authors, and readers.

Hence, open access is positioned in a field of tension, with on the one hand, an open society depending on open and trustable information, including that on important scientific results, and on the other hand, the protection of development possibilities of science itself, including its very specific publication culture.

This entails a financial component, where a balance between the interests of publishers, scientific societies, libraries and universities has to be achieved.  

This, and many more aspects around the “openness” of science, such as the significant role of FAIR research data and supporting infrastructures, will be discussed by a high-profile panel during this TUesday Lounge.

PANEL:

MODERATION: Christian Hellmich, opens a file in a new window, Mechanics of Materials and Structures and Hinrich Grothe,, opens an external URL in a new window Materials Chemistry 

SPRACHE: The language used for the panel discussion will be German, but attendees are welcome to ask questions in English.

The Lounge Talk will take place in the TUesday Lounge (Kontaktraum, Gußhausstraße 27, 6th floor) at 5:30 pm. The lounge opens at 5 pm, and small snacks and drinks will be available.
 
We look forward to a fruitful exchange of ideas!


Your TU Vision Team