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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-07-01 - 2019-06-30

Farmers’ homegardens, their diversity of the plant species used and the associated knowledge of the garden managers are an integral part of the cultural landscape of the Lienz district of Eastern Tyrol. Scientists and scholars of the BG/BRG Lienz, together with high-school teachers of Biology, Mathematics & English, will investigate farmers ‘ homegardens, i.e., the plant inventory and the use of plants. The results will be compared to data collected from surveys conducted 20 years ago in the same gardens and will help identify transformations of the gardens and their management. To obtain a better understanding of the local perception of the significance of these homegardens, additionally the perception of the garden managers and their neighbors on ecosystem-services delivered by the gardens will be recorded. In the course, the management techniques that adapt to extreme weather conditions and the securing of sustainable management practices will be explored. Within the scope of a complementary citizen science module the local community will be invited to collect additional data on ecosystem-services in their homegardens. Scholars will be integrated into the entire research process with regard to their affinities and resources. In workshops they will be prepared for their cooperation. The research process, the analysis and the communication of the results will be reviewed with them. The preparation of in depth pre-scientific papers will allow particularly motivated scholars to monitor birds, insects or soil parameters in farmers’ homegardens. Complementary the project offers a gender sensitive approach and promotion of women in MINT studies. With the integration of the project into the schools subject mathematics a highly professional quantitative analysis of the results is intended. Also with the integration into the subject English the use of a technical correct terminology will be accomplished. Communication about the research process and its results will be supported by the use of the scholars’ mobile phone cameras. Experts will teach scholars, the professional handling of video and photographic images, for the purpose of documentation supplemented by inputs on creative writing techniques. Web-sites, science blogs and science slams will provide information to the broader public.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-09-01 - 2020-03-31

Social sustainable integration of disabled people (with rehabilitative social needs) in the working process of horticultural farms The objectives of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as of the Austrian Action Plan 2012 (for implementation of an inclusive society) are the full and effective participation of disabled people in society. This project will provide scientific evidence, which will contribute to the integration of disabled people in the working society. The overall goal of the project is to provide all necessary information for a successful cooperation between day-care centers for disabled persons and private horticultural farms. The creation of such possibilities for a collaboration will offer disabled people a participation in general working life. The identification of suitable working processes and tasks requires the compilation of culture related activity and ability profiles for working processes or tasks. In order to be able to find out which crops require what kind of working skills, the tasks and sub-tasks referring to the crops cultivated by up to 6 representative Austrian horticultural farms must be identified. The method used is the classification of REFA time studies. In order to determine the skills and needs of disabled people in day-care centers, it is necessary to capture their abilities, by creating ability profiles for up to 50 persons. Based on these ability profiles, it is possible to allocate and categorize the necessary tasks. The ability profiles will be created mainly by means of the well-proven “IMBA method” (Integration of persons with disabilities in a working environment). In order to set up a fruitful collaboration, horticultural farms and day-care centers will be interviewed about their interests, needs and expectations. On the basis of this information, it will be possible to give recommendations for a sustainable collaboration. Based on the surveyed results and identified requirements, a training concept for nursing staff, company managers and trainers will be developed and optimized in order to guarantee a high degree of working quality and job satisfaction for both parties in the project (social sustainability, which offers socially produced products). The efficient knowledge transfer of scientific results will be ensured by the production of blended learning material, a recommendation booklet and guidance of the implementation carried out in pilot companies.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-09-01 - 2020-08-31

The goal of the project is to improve animal health and welfare on fattening pig farms. Ideally, this can reduce the use of medicines. Therefore, • existing data (from abattoir and tratment data) will be linked and provided as a tool for health management to farmers and their veterinarians. A catalogue will enable the farmer to interpret abattoir findings. • „Tools“ (e.g. checklists or apps) will be developed which support farmers and vets to identify riskfactors and associated farm individual improvement strategies. • practicability and effectiveness of tools and (abattoir) data will be tested for advisory activities on-farm The project is divided into the following phases: • Development: programming of an interface between treatment data, productivity data and abattoir data. Development of tools and catalogue. • Implementation: Assessment of situation, implementation of measures on pilot farms (4) and project farms (30). • Evaluation: of effectiveness of developed tools; publication

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