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The 19th Annual STS Conference Graz 2021 "Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies" is the joint Annual Conference of the Science Technology and Society Unit of the Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science of Graz University of Technology, the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture (IFZ) and the Institute for Advanced Studies of Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS).


Anita Thaler and Julian Anslinger researched for FELIN_female leaders initiative how companies have changed in the Covid-19 pandemic, and which challenges leaders, especially female leaders, had to face and with what kind of strategies they reacted to those changes.
The result is an insight into ten Styrian organisations from the logistics, technology, travel agency, health, and public services sector.


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world and no one’s life was untouched by the measures taken since spring 2020 by governments to contain the virus. Anita Thaler and her Queer STS colleagues Daniela Jauk, Birgit Hofstätter and Magdalena Wicher took this contemporary crisis as a starting point for scholarly and personal reflection in the fifth issue of the Queer STS Forum.

In a webinar of the Austrian funding agency FFG (on October 5th 2020), IFZ researcher Anita Thaler reported from her experiences as a gender expert in the research project VITAPATCH.

This was the question Anita Thaler aimed to answer with her conference presentation „‚Configuring the User as Somebody?’ A Transdisciplinary Technology Design Approach” at this year’s virtual EASST/4S conference .

This was the title of a talk, our gender and technology researcher Anita Thaler held on May 28, 2020 at the ISPA-Forum of Austria’s Internet Service Providers.
After an introduction of federal minister Elisabeth Köstinger, Thaler explained why it is so important for sustainable change in the IT sector to use your own room for manoeuvres instead of waiting for others to change first (which would be throwing the hot potato).

With the projects VEKIAA (Responsible Integration of AI Assistants at the Workplace) and dAIalog.at (Fostering Fairness of and Trust in AI through Formats of Participatory Technology Design) the IFZ extends its profile with the topic of artificial intelligence (AI).

IAS-STS invites researchers to apply for a stay between October 1st 2020 and June 30th 2021 as a research fellow (up to nine months) or visiting scholar (shorter period, e.g. one month).
Application Deadline extended to May 30th, 2020
For application forms and further information please visit IAS-STS.