All posts by Bente Knoll

21Aug/15

Going my own way

Going my own way.

We carried out a case study, titled “The situation of independent women engineers in Austria”, that deals with the issue of independent work by women in the technical-engineering field. The survey commissioned by FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency) approaches the situation of independent female engineers in Austria from various angles. This included questions on the engineers’ specific areas of activity, their everyday work, as well as their specific experiences in starting up businesses and motives for doing so.

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21Aug/15

Gender into Teaching – Vienna University of Technology

Gender into Teaching

Gender into Teaching was the first project in Austria to develop strategies, how to implement gender topics into two fields, physics and electrical GiL_Gender in die Lehreengineering at a Technical University. The faculties’ motivation to participate is to increase the number of female study beginners (number of female students: electrical engineering: 7%, physics: 15%) as well as to change their public image, which they feel is negatively connoted and biased in favour of men. The total number of beginners is decreasing. One possible reason for this is the recent rise of so called Fachhochschulen (universities of applied sciences) which offer more focussed and shorter programs of study for various engineering fields.

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21Aug/15

Eco Stands For – Quality standards of Vocational Training for European Eco-Counselling

Eco Stands For – Quality standards of Vocational Training for European Eco-Counselling

Within the Leonardo-da-Vinci Project Handbuch Quality Standards for Eco counselling in EU“Eco Stands For – Quality standards of Vocational Training for European Eco-Counselling” we took the role of the gender expert and were responsible for gender awareness raising measures like gender training as a part of the vocational training course. We also served as gender consultants for the project team and the working groups.

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21Aug/15

Services

Services

B-NK specialises in applying a gender-oriented view to apparently gender-neutral fields such as urban, landscape and traffic planning, mobility research as well as other areas of technology and engineering. Through its methods of developing strategies of participation and gender perspectives into areas of environmental, technological and sustainability research as well as planning and communication processes, B-NK has proven experience and expertise.

When developing action-orientated results in the form of recommendations and guidelines, B-NK often applies participatory methods, such as stakeholder-dialogues, process-facilitations and interactive workshops.

Within its research projects, B-NK applies qualitative and quantitative methods, such as focus groups, expert interviews, and online surveys. B-NK often evaluates gathered data by means of analysis programmes (Atlas TI and SPSS 17.0) and is also familiar with planning and designing methods, such as analysing social space and community work participation in the context of urban and transport planning.

On the whole, the primary services of B-NK cover:

  • Gender sensitive stakeholder process development , action-orientated recommendation for implementation of gender equality and the development of gender sensitive quantitative and qualitative methods, gender and diversity trainings in the field of technology and engineering as well as environmental and sustainability
  • Technical and scientific steering of research projects: expertise, analysis, gender screening and evaluations in urban, regional and spatial planning, mobility and traffic planning, in the fields of engineering, environment and sustainability, in environmental education within school, after-school and informal educational settings.
  • Consulting, strategic counselling: development of concepts and projects, consulting and checking funding requests, media design, social media, gender mainstreaming, gender budgeting, managing diversity, gender in technology and technological development processes
  • Landscape planning and architecture: gender planning, social sustainability in planning and building practice, competition, preliminary drafts, drafts and building supervision, concepts, consulting, planning, realisation, innovative garden and open space design
21Aug/15

Home

Büro für nachhaltige Kompetenz (Consultancy for Sustainable Competence) B-NK GmbH is engaged in research and consulting processes within the ecological, economic and social dimensions of sustainability. Its fields of interests and experience include the integration of gender and diversity perspectives into apparently gender-neutral fields such as science, engineering, technology, urban, transport and landscape planning, mobility research, as well as sustainable development. To this extent, B-NK points out the relevance of gender and diversity aspects within planning and communication processes as well as in technology research and development projects, and develops action-oriented solutions towards achieving these goals. Additionally, B-NK consults clients in areas such as diversity management, gender mainstreaming and education programs in sustainable development. The expert knowledge B-NK possess in the fields of planning and technical science is supplemented by its systematic approaches and well-established scientific research.

18Aug/15

Jens Knoll

Jens Knoll

Project assistant Jens Knoll

  • Support in research projects
  • ICT support (hardware and software)
  • Student at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences (UAS) (Healthcare and Nursing)
  • First-aider and emergency medical assistant
07Aug/15

Guideline to gender inclusive language at TU Graz

Guideline to gender inclusive language at TU Graz

Integrating gender inclusive and gender neutral terminology makes an important contribution to equality between women and men since the use of language reflects the reality of a particular society. To acknowledge the differences in its students, scientists and employees TU Graz has set a good example and launched a guideline for using gender inclusive language in speech and writing. Regarding the great proportion of international academics and employees at TU Graz, the guideline also contains a section for gender inclusive language translated to English.

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