Science Cafes

cafeScience Cafes will be the framework for outreach communication to gain public attention and to allow discussions of addressing exhibition topics or any other topics. Each beSCIENCEd Cafe table will be managed by one of guest researcher. The Science Café method is quite well established and its main aim is that people get in contact with each other, networking, discuss and develop new ideas. The intended science cafe setting allows a relaxed conversation with researchers. By talking with them face to face and realizing that researchers are just normal people like everybody else, young people can be attracted to pursue a career in research. Science Cafes activities aim in collective knowledge creation by “ordinary” people in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists.


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Dr. Renate Degen

Affiliation: University of Vienna, Department of Limnology and Bio-Oceanography

Research topic: Polar marine ecology and climate change

What is it: The Arctic is warming about twice the rate than the global average, most prominently visible in the drastic decrease of sea ice extent and thickness. We are interested how these changes affect specifically the animals on and in the seafloor, which fulfill essential roles to marine ecosystem functioning. The development of a pan-Arctic database containing morphological, physiological and behavioral characteristics of Arctic species helps us to predict scenarios in a future, seasonally ice-free Arctic Ocean.






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Dr. Elisabeth Oberzaucher

Affiliation: University of Ulm / University of Vienna

Research topic: Behavioural Biology

What is it: How is our behavior affected by our surroundings? What are differences between women and men? Which cues are employed in human communication and how do they interact? In the light of evolutionary theory I aim towards an understanding of the mechanisms that underly behaviour tendencies of humans. My methods range from behFoto Martin Schlatzeraviour observations in natural and experimental settings, physiological measurements to mathematical modelling. I collaborate with colleagues from various disciplines.

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Dr. Thomas Strasser

Affiliation: AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

Research topic: Intelligente Stromnetze – Smart Grids

What is it: Um die flächendeckende Integration erneuerbarer Energiequellen beherrschbar zu machen und dadurch den bevorstehenden Klimawandel entgegen zu wirken, bedarf es eines höheren Automatisierungsgrades in den Stromnetzen. Speziell der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnik kommt dabei eine besondere Bedeutung zu: durch entsprechende Steuerungs- und Regelungsansätze lassen sich die Stromnetze besser steuern und optimieren. Die zunehmende Verschmelzung von Energie- bzw. Informationstechnologie lässt sich unter dem Begriff „Intelligente Stromnetze bzw. Smart Grids“ zusammenfassen. Dabei kommt der Entwicklung und Validierung von sogenannten Smart Grid-Ansätzen eine immer besondere Bedeutung zu, der ich mich in meiner aktuellen Forschungsarbeit widme.

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