Donau-Universität Krems

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General organisation description

Danube University Krems has specialized in postgraduate academic studies and offers exclusive courses in the fields of economics and business management, communications, IT and media, medicine, health and social services, law, administration and international affairs, education and cultural sciences as well as of building and ecology. Being a European model project, Danube University Krems combines high quality in education, research and consulting with excellent customer orientation and service. More than 5,000 students from 70 countries are enrolled in over 150 academic courses. The Department for Knowledge and Communication Management is a university-based Competence Centre for research, practice and further education. The subject matter ranges from cognition and communication to knowledge and information management, while work creates impetus for both the economy and society. The research and teaching expertise is based on an effective combination of three disciplines: cognitive science, information science and communication science. This expertise is used to develop and teach key competences in both theory and practice for people and organizations. The Department currently offers 16 Master programmes, each of which combines communication competence with management know-how. Additionally the Department is presently working on seven large-scale international research projects in the fields of information design and social systems (usability and network research). To complement the Master programmes, there is also certified programmes, university seminars and subject-specific management training.
Relevant experiences
The Department is member and leader of various national and international research projects in the field of information design. Among the above mentioned EU projects, two deal with gender problems like "PROLIX – PRocess-Oriented Learning and Information eXchange" (FP 6) where the Gender part (developing and monitoring the Gender Action Plan) was overtaken by Karin Siebenhandl. Karin Siebenhandl was also coordinator of “Advance – Advanced Training for Women in Scientific Research” an EU funded (FP6) project with the aim of developing career training and mentoring as well as coaching activities for female researchers. In addition, enhancing and encouraging net-working was an important part of the programme. The programme
targeted female researchers in pre-doctoral and postdoctoral career phase in natural sciences and technology. The partner institution DUK will be responsible for work package 7 ‘evaluation’ within Gender TIME (work package leader: Karin Siebenhandl) which is to independently set up an impact evaluation and continuously monitor the process evaluation.
Karin Siebenhandl is Head of The Center of Cognition, Information and Management at the Danube University Krems, Austria. Her main research interests are perspectives on information design (related to traffic applications), usability (participatory design and gender aspects). Main emphasis on work is: Acquisition, coordination of and participation at several research and development projects (p.e. Coordination of "Advance"-Project, 6th Framework, Science and Society). She is member of the Work Group for the Promotion of Women and Gender Studies at the Danube University Krems.
  • Zauchner, S., Schwed, G., Siebenhandl, K., & Schneider, J. (2006). SITCOM: Simulating IT careers for women. In R. Mittermeir, J. Pauschenwein, C. Zwiauer, J. Günther, J. Smolle, & K. Hoffmann (Eds.), Forschung zu blended learning. Österreichische F&E Projekte und EU Beteiligungen (pp. 247-266). Graz: Verlag Forum Neue Medien in der Lehre.
  • Zauchner, S., Siebenhandl, K., Gindl, M., Pegah, L., & Hirschberg, G. (2006). A role play for girls: The research based development of an interactive career platform. In S. Zauchner, K. Siebenhandl, & M. Wagner (Eds.), Gender in e-learning and educational games (pp. 293-308). Innsbruck: Studienverlag.
  • Zauchner, S., Zens, B., Siebenhandl, K., & Jütte, W. (2008). Gendersensitives Design durch partizipative Mediengestaltung - Evaluationskonzept zur Entwicklung eines Onlinerollenspiels für Mädchen. In C. Schachtner & A. Höber (Hrsg.), Learning Communities; Der Cyberspace als neuer Lern- und Wissensraum (S. 247-258). Münster, Campus Verlag.
  • Husu, L., Siebenhandl, K., Apostolov, G., Zauchner, S., & Gindl, M. (2009). ADVANCE - advanced training for women in scientific research. A review of an innovative concept. In A. Lipinsky (Ed.), Encouragement to advance - supporting women in European science careers (pp. 119-136). Bielefeld, Germany: Kleine Verlag.
  • Zauchner, S., Siebenhandl, K., & Wagner, M. (Eds.). (2006). Gender in e-learning and educational games. Innsbruck: Studienverlag
  • Husu, L., & Siebenhandl, K. (2008). Transfer models: Recommendations for implementing a summer school and mentoring and coaching program for women scientists. Krems: Danube University. Online:
  • Siebenhandl, K., Zauchner, S., & Gindl, M. (2008, July). Advance: Promoting female scientists. In CNISF (Ed.): A changing world: new opportunities for women engineers and scientists. Presentation at: ICWES 14, The 14th International conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (CD) Lille, France.