European champion of biodiversity: Graz takes top place in City Nature Challenge

Over 43,000 nature observations in four days: this puts the "Graz to Southern Styria Nature Park" region in first place internationally outside of America in this year's City Nature Challenge. In terms of registered species, Styria is also the European champion with 4,065 and is in third place worldwide after La Paz (Bolivia) and Hong Kong.

Check-in: How wild bees move into insect hotels

The nesting aid on the campus in front of the Institute of Biology has been renewed. Expert Gernot Kunz has contributed his latest scientific findings.

Research for healthy aging: FWF funds Cluster of Excellence "MetAGE" with 18 million euros

Six researchers from the Field of Excellence "BioHealth" at the University of Graz, together with colleagues from the Medical Universities of Graz and Vienna, have acquired an FWF-funded "Cluster of Excellence". Now a newly formed center of excellence will be created under the leadership of the University of Graz. The aim is to gain a better understanding of healthy aging. The findings will flow directly into clinical research.

Climate protection needs broad acceptance

What do we have to do today to live in a climate-friendly future tomorrow? In January 2022, 100 citizens from all parts of the population came together in the Austrian Climate Council to answer this question. Six months later, they presented their 93 recommendations to the federal government. "Even if many of them have not yet been taken up, the Climate Council was an enormously important project that continues to have an impact," says Birgit Bednar-Friedl, environmental economist at the University of Graz. Together with Georg Kaser from the University of Innsbruck, she chaired the scientific committee that accompanied the citizens on the Climate Council.

Why active citizen participation is important for a functioning democracy

Voiceless: How politics could better integrate non-Austrians

It is a super election year, but almost a fifth of people over the age of 16 living in Austria are only allowed to have a limited say. This can jeopardise democracy, warns political scientist Katrin Praprotnik.

Democracy in lecture hall and lab

The University of Graz shows how democracy works in everyday research, study and work life. From participation in the Senate to curricula and student representation: all members of the university have the opportunity to help shape teaching, research and the university.

"Democracy is like a construction site!"

Political education in schools must be promoted more, demands democracy researcher Britta Breser. Learning from history also means helping to shape the present. Her appeal: democracy education that faces up to the upheavals and crises of our time.