News Archive


Science and Democracy Network

16th Annual Meeting, 2017
From 28 June to 1 July 2017, the annual meeting of the Science and Democracy Network (SDN) was held at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. You can find the conference report by Franziska Bereuter here.

Annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), 2017

Professor Iris Eisenberger is chairing a panel session on ‘Citizen Science Politics and Practices‘. The panel is part of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), which takes places in Boston, Massachusetts, from August 30 to September 2, 2017.

Community Mobilisation Strategies in Cambodia

At the last LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology and Society (LTS), Mr Stephan Sonnenberg, JD, talked about ‘Community mobilisation strategies in Cambodia’. Currently, Mr Sonnenberg works as the Associate Dean of Experiential Education and Director of the ADR Clinic at Bhutan’s first law school, the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law. Before that, among other occupations, he supervised a research initiative in collaboration with LICADHO, the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights.

Presentation "Blockchain - Energy markets in chains?"

The presentation “Blockchain – Energy markets in chains?”, held by Dr. Clemens Wagner-Bruschek from E-Control as part of the seminar “Governance of Emerging Technologies” (736.004) can be downloaded here. The seminar took place in June 2017 and will be repeated next year with a focus on another emerging technology, most likely deep learning.

Optimising the Health Care Sector by using New Technologies

Each year 415 million people suffer from diabetes – and the number is still rising. In 2040, the epidemic disease will affect a further 200 million people. In the face of the increasing number of patients, the need for action is urgent: Optimising the health care sector with the aid of new technologies has the potential to decrease both patients’ distress and health care costs. As part of the LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology and Society (LTS), Dr Dagmar Kownatka gave an interesting lecture, which focused specifically on technological concepts that could improve the treatment of diabetes. Dr Kownatka is Head of Professional Relations, Scientific and Strategic Affairs at Roche Diabetes Care. Furthermore, she is a member of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. As part of the European trade association MedTech Europe, Dr Kownakta is actively involved in the strategic development of new European directives.

Nuclear Imaginaries in Japan: From Hiroshima to Fukushima

As a part of the LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology and Society (LTS) Dr Kyoko Sato, from the Stanford University, gave a lecture on 21 June 2017 concerning the relationship between Japan and nuclear technology. From the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 to the accident of Fukushima in 2011, the public and political opinion on nuclear technologies went through a change. For many Japanese, including Dr Sato, a nuclear catastrophe as happened in Fukushima seemed inconceivable. However, since the atomic disaster in 2011, the risks of atomic energy came shockingly to the minds of the islands’ population.

The use of interdisciplinarity in solving societal problems - a focus on health

This semester’s ‘LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology and Society’ (LTS) kicked off with an engaging lecture by Dr Amanda Ellison with the topic ‘The use of interdisciplinarity in solving societal problems – a focus on health’ on 18 May 2017. With her humorous and buoyant manner, Ellison carried the audience and made sure to leave no question unanswered.

Digital Law Learning Lab (dL³)

We proudly announce the launch of our Digital Law Learning Lab (dL³)! dL3 is an interdisciplinary consortium designed to explore and realize innovative approaches to digital learning in the field of law. Envisioned as a lab for creative innovation in teaching, learning and thinking, dL3 seeks to bring together legal scholars, didacticians, instructional designers and digital technology experts.

LTS with Stephan Sonnenberg, JD

Community Mobilization Strategies in Cambodia
Stephan Sonnenberg, JD, will be holding a lecture on "Community Mobilization Strategies in Cambodia" as part of the LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology and Society (LTS). The lecture takes place at Guttenberghaus SR 02 on June 29th from 12.00-13.30. Please register via law@boku.ac.at until June 26th. Catering will be provided!

Visiting Scientist Bo-Mi Choi

Bo-Mi Choi is a multi-media producer and intellectual historian. She received her Ph. D. in Modern European Intellectual History from the University of Chicago and taught for many years critical theory and continental philosophy on the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard College. Bo-Mi Choi will be working on the Citizen Science project "Earth Constructions in the Weinviertel".

Blockchain and the Energy Market

On June 13th, Dr. Clemens Wagner-Bruschek from E-Control Austria will be holding a talk as part of the seminar “Governance of Emerging Technologies” at BOKU Vienna. The talk focuses on blockchain technology in energy markets. The seminar takes place from 2-4 pm at Besprechungsraum Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften (GUTH-EG/04). Visitors are welcomed!

LTS LunchTimeSeries with Dr. Dagmar Kownatka

Optimising the Supply with New Technologies
As part of the LTS LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology and Society Dr. Dagmar Kownatka will be holding a lecture on "Optimising the Supply with New Technologies" on the 22nd of June. The lecture takes place at Guttenberghaus SR 02 from 12am - 1.30pm. Please register until the 19th of June via law@boku.ac.at. Catering is provided!

LTS LunchTimeSeries with Dr. Kyoko Sato, Ph.D

Nuclear Imaginaries in Japan: From Hiroshima to Fukushima
Dr. Kyoko Sato, Ph.D, will be talking about "Nuclear Imaginaries in Japan: From Hiroshima to Fukushima" on June 21th 2017. The talk will explore how understanding and representation of nuclear technology developed in Japan from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the nuclear accident in Fukushima and its aftermath, and how specific nuclear imaginaries shaped and were shaped by the development of policy, politics and technology. The event is open for everyone and participation is free of charge, catering is provided. Please register until June 19th via law@boku.ac.at.

Standardization in the Nano-Field: For the Common Good?

Interdisciplinary Workshop (May 19, 2017)
New materials and products, as for instance products containing manufactured nano-materials, do not enter the market without processes of standardization. The Institute of Law, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna is co-organizing a Workshop that seeks to explore the roles of and the interests behind standardization in the nano-field.

New Employee

Katja Schirmer has been a tutor at the Institute of Law since 01.05.2017. She is currently studying Food- and Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU).

The use of interdisciplinarity in solving societal problems – a focus on health

Dr. Amanda Ellison, Ph.D, PAmond Physiology will start the lectures series on Law, Technology and Society (LTS) on May 18 2017. She will be talking about "The use of interdisciplinarity in solving societal problems – a focus on health".

Imaginaries of Innovation in the Austrian University System: A Legal Perspective

Prof. Iris Eisenberger is presenting “Imaginaries of Innovation in the Austrian University System: A Legal Perspective”, a paper co-authored with Franziska Bereuter, at the workshop “Urban Imaginaries of Innovation: Disruptions, Frictions, Stability” at Harvard University on December 5th, 2016.

New employee

Sophie Marie Schmidt has been a teaching and research assistant at the Institute of Law since April 2017. Her research interests include environmental law, nature conservation law, animal welfare law and food law.

Cryptocurrencies – Digital Transactions – Public Transformations: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

The increasing use of encrypted, decentralized digital currencies – also known as “cryptocurrencies” – influences state systems and societies. As current legislation is not prepared for this development, tensions are quite likely to arise. The workshop “Cryptocurrencies – Digital Transactions – Transformations of the State: interdisciplinary perspectives” was hosted at University of Graz on 10 March 2017 by Professor Tina Ehrke-Rabel (University of Graz), Professor Iris Eisenberger M.Sc. (LSE) (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna) and Professor Richard Sturn (University of Graz) as part of the research project ‘KryptoStaat’.

New Lecture: Governance of Emerging Technologies

This optional course will provide you with an overview of legal issues concerning emerging technologies, especially in the field of blockchain technology. Blockchain technology is not only the underlying principle of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It also offers new possibilities for (renewable) energy trading, cap-and-trade contracts or emission reporting.

Visiting Scientist during summer term 2017

Rostam J. Neuwirth will be teaching at the Institute of Law during the summer term 2017 (13.-17.3.2017). The title of his course is “Global Governance – Challenges and Asian legal contributions: A view from China.”

Workshop – Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Smart Contracts

30.11.2016. Combating tax fraud, the pay out of an insured amount and self-executing contracts – what do they have in common? All these procedures can be facilitated by blockchain. Blockchain is increasingly becoming the basis of many daily transactions, promising high safety and transparency.

Advancing the social pillar of sustainability: Insights from the natural resources sector

As a part of the “LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology and Society” (LTS), Dr. William Nikolakis gave a lecture on the social pillar of sustainability from a natural resources perspective on 17 November 2016. This highly interesting, recent and interdisciplinary topic could not have fit any better into an auditorium at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.

Interdisciplinary Conference: Good Nano – Bad Nano: Who Decides?

This two-day conference (Dec. 1-2, 2016) explores the role of evaluative processes and normative attributions in debates about nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanomaterials (short: nano) in an interdisciplinary dialogue.