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Welcome to the International Symposium "Women for Future"

July 1-2, 2015

Lecture Hall C2,

Campus of the University of Vienna/Court 2.6, Spitalgasse 2-4, 1090 Vienna

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Human intelligence creates unlimited ideas, research and technologies that have high impact on the development of societies and the human being itself. Do we actively design the future without reflecting this impact? How do we want to connect with and within technologies? How do we shape our environment for us and for other living beings? How do we engage with evolutionary demands emerging between biology and culture?

At the symposium “Women for Future” we will present and discuss approaches of renowned and upcoming female scholars on how to think about and engage with the future. We will foster dialogue with the audience in order to reflect together about how we can create a more fine-tuned awareness of challenges and possibilities of our shared futures.



Sheila Jasanoff (Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University)


Stream I: “Human-Technology-Networks: For a Future Worth Living ”

Judy Wajcman (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Karin Harasser (University of Art and Design Linz)

Chair: Sigrid Schmitz (Gender Studies, Universtiy of Vienna)


Stream II: “Quo Vadis Homo: Evolution Between Nature and Culture”

Soojin Yi (School of Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology)
Joelle Ruegg (Center for Molecular Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Sweden)

Chair: Renée Schroeder (Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Head of the Department for Biochemistry and Cell Biology, University of Vienna)


Stream III: “Living together well in the Anthropocene: Global Change and Multi-Species Survival”

Katherine Richardson (Sustainable Science Centre, University of Copenhagen)
Diana Ürge-Vorsatz (Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy and Department of Envoronmental Sciences and Policy, CEU Budapest)

Chair: Helga Kromp-Kolb (Institute of Meteorology, University for Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)


General Panel Discussion: "Responsible Governance of Futures. Raising a Strong Voice"

The symposium will connect the thematic discussions and challenging questions with the speakers.
Chair: Ulrike Felt (Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Vienna)

The symposium will also open space for networking between expert scholars and junior scholars.

The symposium is free of charge. We ask for registration until June 24 via e-mail to Paulina Parafiniuk-Borzecki

Organization: Renée Schroeder & Sigrid Schmitz 

This Symposium is part of the Gender Justice Focus of the 650th Anniversary of the University of Vienna. The Gender Justice Focus is organized by the AG UniFrauenJubel (Gabriella Hauch (supervisor), Nikolaus Benke, Elisabeth Holzleithner, Maria Mesner, Birgit Sauer, Sigrid Schmitz, Renee Schroeder, Ruth Wodak, Mischa Messer (coordination)).

c./o. Dr.in Sigrid Schmitz
Gender Studies
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