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The Austrian Institute for Ecology

Good practice case studies from Austria

The following projects are examples of good practice in Austria:

Children doing archaeology

Studying local environment through archaeological research

In this REC the children took part in the excavation of the Roman site in their home village. The school, university and the local community came together in this cross-curricular project exploring local history and economy.

Pupils worked with professional researchers throughout the research and contributed directly to the research findings. Lively and interesting learning took place across many school subjects. Pupils learnt to exhibit the finds in a successful final exhibition.

Children doing archaeology


Global Change and children’s knowledge

The future.scapes project deals with the effects of Global Change on multiple fields of climate-, economic-, social-, and land use change. future.scapes looks at local and regional processes caused by global development.

Primary school children that took part gained an understanding of how to work scientifically on complex matters like climate change. They also contributed precious local information otherwise unknown to the researchers.

Children were very actively involved in this project, working side by side with researchers regardless of being so much younger.


Tale of Two Valleys – Two Valleys, Two Stories

Climate change and our future

“A Tale of Two Valleys – Two Valleys, Two Stories” investigates the impact of climate change on two alpine valleys in Austria. It gives students an understanding of the complexities of the science on global warming and their future in the context of climate change.

This is a truly cross-curricular project, growing scientific understanding through a relevant real-life problem. Secondary school students participate very actively in research and multidisciplinary work.


A tale of two valleys

Tick Patrol

A tiny foe, an underestimated enemy
A school project for your health!

The Tick Patrol made effective use of 17-19 year old students’ thinking skills, creativity and sense of humour.

The students carried out a through scientific study of the diseases carried by the local tick population in an area that is deemed high risk of tick-borne Lyme disease. Scientists worked closely with students and teachers to enable them to carry out this high-tech science project.

In the process they produced an entertaining video that demonstrates the research process and gives information about precaution against tick bites.

Tick patrol