Prof. Dan Yakir from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science came as “AIANI Fellow” to the University of Innsbruck. The overarching topic of the visit of Prof. Yakir in the Biometeorology research group at the Institute of Ecology was the common interest in the biosphere-atmosphere exchange of the trace gas carbonyl sulfide. During his visit, Prof. Yakir gave a public seminar lecture entitled “Forest-climate interactions: Perspectives from the semi-arid region” and participated in weekly Biometeorology group meetings. More specifically, Prof. Yakir engaged in discussions with Katharina Gerdel, a PhD student who recently (March-May 2017) participated in a joint field campaign at Yatir forest in Israel. Prof. Yakir also engaged in discussions with two other PhD students, Florian Kitz and Felix Spielmann, whose PhD projects also revolve around carbonyl sulfide, however at different field sites.
For the future, the research group intends to continue the collaboration with Prof. Yakir. In the first place, they aim at publishing the results of the joint measurement campaign within the
frame of the dissertation of Katharina Gerdel – they expect two publications to result from these data. In addition, they have discussed several options for other joint publications and further possibilities for joint measurements. Prof. Yakirs stay was supported by "Land Tirol".
As a result of the visit of Prof. Samuel Gazit from Braude College in June 2017, the University of Innsbruck signed a Memorandum of Understanding with this institution in July 2017. Braude College, based in the city of Karmiel in Northern Israel, is a technical college specializing in engineering study programs. It was established in 1987 and has about 2.900 students, enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs, such as biotechnology, engineering, information systems, mechanical engineering, software engineering, applied mathematics and optical engineering. The memorandum of Understanding lays the foundation for future faculty and student exchange, joint research projects and conferences. Braude College offers a special spring semester, called “Jerusalem-Galilee Engineers Program”, where students can attend a two week “mini-semester” at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, designed to introduce students to Israeli society, culture and history. After that, the program continues for a semester at Braude College. AIANI offers in cooperation with Braude College special scholarships for this program. The University of Innsbruck also welcomes students from Braude College to spend a semester in Innsbruck.
Two full scholarships from the "1669 Wissenschafft Gesellschaft - Förderkreis der Universität Innsbruck"
After last year's success, we are very happy to announce that the "1669 Wissenschafft Gesellschaft - Förderkreis der Universität Innsbruck" is again providing two full scholarships to participate in the "Internationale Sommeruniversität" in Beer Sheva. Congratulations to Julia Scholati and Marco Steger who will spend together with three other students of the University of Innsbruck six weeks at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev! AIANI wishes all of them save travels, a successful summer school program and a great time in Israel.
Dr. Samuel Gazit, Director of the International Relations Office at Braude College, visited the University of Innsbruck in June. He met with Rektor Tilmann Märk, AIANI's Academic Director Prof. Ivo Hajnal, Dr. Barbara Tasser and Dr. Mathias Schennach from the International Services. Furthermore Dr. Gazit took a look at some research projects of students at the Tech Campus and discussed future collaboration possibilities with colleagues from various departments e.g. Applied Mathematics, Geometry and CAD, Mechatronics and Pharmaceutical Technology.
AIANI Guest Lecture “Nullius in Verba: Skepticism in the Epistemology of Testimony”, and international workshop “Believing on Authority?”, with Dr. Arnon Keren (Haifa/Oxford)
Conspiracy theories, fake news, so-called ‘alternative facts’– modern societies, technologically advanced as never before, are increasingly dispensing with truth. A massive decay of fundamental values of the enlightenment, of rational thinking, and of intellectual honesty has started to infiltrate public and political discourse. Philosophers deal with such problems by engaging in epistemology: What is knowledge? How can we distinguish good from bad reasons? What makes a belief justified and rational, what constitutes a good argument? Social epistemology in particular explores the interpersonal dimensions of knowledge acquisition and information transfer. Social epistemologists investigate the norms of factual assertion; they examine concepts such as expertise, epistemic injustice, and trust (and mistrust) in what others – including real or fake authorities – tell us.
These were the topics of a workshop with (and a public lecture by) Dr. Arnon Keren, Department of Philosophy, University of Haifa, and member of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. The events were hosted by the Institute for Christian Philosophy and organized by Federica Malfatti and Christoph Jäger. Keren’s work on intellectual authority has inspired much recent work on the social dimensions of knowledge, so it was no surprise that both his lecture and the workshop were very well received. Other workshop speakers included Jan Constantin (Köln), Katherine Dormandy (Innsbruck), Christian Feldbacher-Escamilla (Düsseldorf), Johannes Findl (Barcelona), Christoph Jäger (Innsbruck), and Federica Malfatti (Innsbruck). A major result of the workshop was that, although there is widespread need to rely on others’ expertise, critical and autonomous thinking are indispensable for putting us in a good position with respect to the truth.
International Workshop “Approaches to Ethical Challenges in Business and Economics: Religious and Cultural Contributions“
On March 1, an international workshop on "Approaches to Ethical Challenges in Business and Economics" took place at the University of Innsbruck. The event was organized by AIANI, the research center "Cultural Encounters - Cultural Conflicts" and the College of Management Academic Studies (COMAS) in Israel. The aim of the workshop was to start a discussion on the contribution that historical writings can make to current issues of economic ethics. Prof. Dr. Andreas Exenberger chaired the interdisciplinary workshop that included lectures by Prof. Benjamin Gidron (COMAS), Rabbi Barry Leff (Prof. Nürnberg), Prof. Franz Segbers (University of Marburg), Prof. Wilhelm Guggenberger and Prof. Richard Weiskopf (University of Innsbruck ) and a final panel discussion.
The Unit of Steel Construction and Mixed Building Technology was happy to host Prof. Daniel Rittel from the Technion in Haifa as AIANI-Fellow from 28.01.-12.02.2017. During his stay in Innsbruck, Prof. Rittel held a guest lecture with the title “Adiabatic shear across the scales: the engineer’s perspective”. In addition, Prof. Rittel held a series of private lectures for the staff members of the Steel Construction and Mixed Building Technology department about the failure of materials. Besides the lectures, topics including fatigue, fracture and general failure analysis were the subject of daily discussions.
Being Prof. Rittel’s first visit to Innsbruck, the working group was happy to show him the beauty of Innsbruck including a visit to the Seegrube and an introduction to Austrian winter sport activities.
As for the near future, the working group is looking forward to the second part of Prof. Rittel's visit, when he will join the department again for two weeks. Furthermore, one of the working group’s PhD students is planning to visit Prof. Rittel’s Laboratory for a research stay soon.
AIANI Guest Lecture "Between Individualism and Collectivism: Guiding Arab Social Workers in Israel through the Professional Socialization Process"
Romain Jammal-Abboud from the School of Social Work at Haifa University was an AIANI-Fellow at the Department of Educational Science at the University of Innsbruck. She was invited by Prof. Alfred Berger to work on a joint project and to hold a guest lecture on the topic „Between Individualism and Collectivism: Guiding Arab Social Workers in Israel through the Professional Socialization Process”. Ms. Jammal-Abboud presented her research and talked about the experiences and challenges of Arab social workers at parent-child centers in Israel as well as the importance of a cultural context that comes along with this field of work.
Public Space Allocation per person (PSA), Network Density (ND), and Average Destination Distance (ADD). Prof. Hillel Schocken has been Principal at “Schocken Architects” since its establishment in 1978, leading projects in a large variety of building types and programs, including Urban Planning, Museums, Educational facilities, Offices, Housing, Industry and Conservation. Prior to his obtaining his diploma of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London he earned a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion in Haifa. In parallel to his professional activity, Schocken is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Azrieli School of Architecture at the Tel Aviv University and served as its director between 2004 and 2008. Throughout his career he has been teaching in Architecture schools throughout the world.