Upgrade 2.22

upgrade 2.22 - Old Keeps New

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Cultural heritage: A term that in many people's minds is closer to ornamentation adorning old buildings than it is to innovation and the future. A pattern of thoughts hidden in our time often values the new as the better whereas the old is often classified as mediocre. But science shows: Cultural heritage holds a wealth of knowledge that we can harness in innovative ways to tackle societal challenges such as climate change. Cultural heritage is a comprehensive pool of knowledge helping us to better shape the future and to innovate. "upgrade" highlights the latest research findings and looks, for example, at how traditional building methods can provide cool spaces with minimal energy use. Marking the 50th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, the UNESCO World Heritage sites and how to legally protect them are in the spotlight, as well as the protection of cultural assets against climate change-induced weather capriciousness in these times, or the future of urban development and tourism in the cultural heritage sector. "Views on World Heritage", the image gallery, takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the way World Heritage sites are treated in Austria.


The entire issue is available on the German site

Upgrade 1.22

upgrade 1.22 - Migration & Movement

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What is it that mobilizes people to set out for unsafe futures and faraway countries? People from Austria left for the so-called New World or other countries only a few generations ago in search of a better life – willingly or forced. Migration, as the change of one’s center of life, is characteristic for the whole history of mankind. Since the beginning of time, it has been the task of society and politics to deal with it in a way that creates value. With its focus on "Migration and Movement", upgrade 1-22 covers the complex of topics out of different perspectives: those of European politics, those of integration in urban and rural areas, those of returnees or those of the economy and science on the challenges of migration as well as on the relevance given to the widely recognized search for workers. "Passierscheine", the image gallery, illustrates here how important travel documents are. They determine the scope of our movement, are coveted identity cards for those seeking protection, but at the same time they are also a tool of power and protest as well as symbols carrying a high degree of expression.


The entire issue is available on the German site

Upgrade 3.21

upgrade 3.21 - Culture & Time

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Where does art come from, what drives artists to create? Art enriches its own spheres and the world of science with the ability to reflect upon reality, which is multi-layered and at times elusive. What science only attempts in parts with straightforwardness, has always been essential for art: to engage with societal, to admonish, to comment, and especially to change. In its focus on "Culture and Time," upgrade examines how the various fields of art are assertive during the pandemic, what developments are taking place in the cultural sector, what new self-image museums are taking into the future, what collection strategies they are pursuing, what determines musical life, and how young up-and-coming artists can hold their own. The picture gallery revolves around the question of where art comes from: Is art based on skill or - loosely quoting the Austrian composer Arnold Schönberg – or is it the urge of having to?


The entire issue is available on the German site

Upgrade 2.21

upgrade 2.21 - Law and Change

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Where societies are built, there is law. Regarded as probably the most important achievement in the history of civilization, it regulates our coexistence, ensures freedom, keeps arbitrariness at bay, and forms the basis for progress. Law provides us with stability. But the legal system is also subject to change. Today's processes entail changes and present a wide range of challenges. Thinking as an example of the possibilities new technologies offer - buzzword: algorithms - requires a careful balancing of opportunities and risks. The ecological question also has an impact on the legal system, as do media discourses and political conflicts. upgrade's current issue deals with "Law and Change" and addresses these current challenges reaching from law, to digitalization up to climate protection. The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights forms the foundation which is essential to our law in Europe, yet it is little known. The upgrade picture gallery gives it the space it deserves.


The entire issue is available on the German site

Upgrade 1.21

upgrade 1.21 - Complexity and Structure

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Many people talk about the increasing complexity the world face and actually often refer to the complicated state of the world. Complexity is thoroughly positive, if it seen as what it is: A higher order of self-organization both of nature and our society. Society itself has admittedly become very complex. This high degree of complexity of our society creates uncertainty and makes decisions more difficult. One way of dealing with this is to learn to endure uncertainty and to become actively involved in change processes instead of remaining passive. No matter how complex the challenges of the present are: The question of how we want to shape the future in a self-determined way should be at the center of action. With this science can help. In its current issue, upgrade illuminates these many facets of complexity with a focus on "Complexity and Structure." The picture gallery shows how quickly systems of self-organization can topple over.


The entire issue is available on the German site

upgrade 3./4.20

upgrade 3./4.20 - Reflection & Perspective

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Since the foundation of Danube University Krems 25 years ago, university-based continuing education has achieved a high level of quality. It was then in 1995 when the foundation was regarded innovative, and to this day Danube University Krems has set numerous accents in academic continuing education as well as in the Austrian science and university system. On the occasion of the anniversary the special issue "Reflection & Perspective" of the university magazine upgrade is published to take a closer look at Danube University Krems being the only public university for continuing education within the German-speaking area. At the same time, the issue sheds light on current questions and the potential academic continuing education has to offer.


The entire issue is available on the German site

Upgrade 2.20

upgrade 2.20 - Humans and Machine

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Are we on the verge of the great digital leap? Working, and especially learning and teaching, has shifted to the Internet as a result of the corona pandemic. Issue 2-20 of the university magazine "upgrade", which focuses on "Education & Technology", outlines how digital education is now moving forward. The picture series  points up the "man-machine" interface and the milestones in the educational technology development describing learning theories reaching far back into the early 20th century (illustrations: Matthieu Bourel).

 


The entire issue is available on the German site

Humans - Machine

upgrade 1.20

upgrade 1.20 - Life elixir blood

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Blood is at the same time both: a life elixir and a carrier of diseases. The current issue of upgrade is dedicated to this body fluid from a biomedical perspective, in the context of which, for example, improved therapies against one of the most frequent causes of death worldwide are being researched: Sepsis. This condition, which is a derailed inflammatory reaction of the body, requires precise and rapid diagnosis and targeted therapeutic methods. The science journalist Peter Illetschko contributes an article on COVID-19, and the picture gallery "Blood - the Elixir of Life" depicts various cultural meanings and scientific facts this important bodily fluid delivers.


The entire issue is available on the German site

upgrade 4.19

upgrade 4.19 - Nature under pressure

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The pressure burdening planet Earth and therefore our civilization is obvious: unpredictable environmental occurrences, the global loss of fertile soil, the scarcity of drinking water, the enormous challenges food production faces. In all of this water plays a special role. It is this medium that makes all the effects climate change imposes on planet earth noticeable. The shortage of rain or floods, the rise in sea levels, and the loss of drinking water are just some of the ways. The picture gallery "The Impact of Water" in upgrade issue 4.19 comprises images by award-winning nature photographer Rudi Sebastian. Here, the crucial role water has for civilization and nature is impressively depicted.


The entire issue is available on the German site

upgrade 3.19

upgrade 3.19 - Staying healthy

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More calories, more salt, more sugar: with dietary and lifestyle changes around the world, diseases such as stroke, vascular disease and dementia are spreading rapidly. In China, Brazil or South Korea the number one cause of death now is stroke. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the life expectancy of men in the United States has fallen by three years. Obesity is one of the causes. Upgrade 3.19 focuses on how medicine and each individual can prevent obesity. The picture gallery "Advertising vs. Health" demonstrates the discrepancy between the promises advertising makes and the medical guidelines a healthy life requires.

upgrade 2.19

upgrade 2.19 - Measured world

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The earth as a disk. To this day, people continue to follow this belief and launch rockets to prove it - opposed to all scientific evidence on the contrary. The overall skepticism towards science is growing, its findings are doubted. What are the reasons for this? Does evidence counter misbelief, pseudoscience, and denial of facts? "In science we trust", the magazine calls for upgrades and sheds light on the widespread phenomenon of scientific skepticism. Additionally: evidence-based medicine in action against medical myths, management for preserving the knowledge of organizations, detecting statistical tricks, and evidence-based decision making. The picture gallery "Science vs. No Science" shows the extent to which misconceptions persist today.


The entire issue is available on the German site

upgrade 4.18/1.19

upgrade 4.18/1.19 - In science we trust

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The earth as a disk. To this day, people continue to follow this belief and launch rockets to prove it - opposed to all scientific evidence on the contrary. The overall skepticism towards science is growing, its findings are doubted. What are the reasons for this? Does evidence counter misbelief, pseudoscience, and denial of facts? "In science we trust", the magazine calls for upgrades and sheds light on the widespread phenomenon of scientific skepticism. Additionally: evidence-based medicine in action against medical myths, management for preserving the knowledge of organizations, detecting statistical tricks, and evidence-based decision making. The picture gallery "Science vs. No Science" shows the extent to which misconceptions persist today.


The entire issue is available on the German site

upgrade 3.18

upgrade 3.18 - Know thyself 

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When it comes to career development, one thing is particularly important: Know yourself! Where are your strengths, where are your goals? What hinders us, what brings us forward? upgrade dedicates its current issue to a topic that concerns everyone. It illuminates the subjective level as well as careers from a structural point of view. In focus: dealing with fear in professional life, the sociological side of advancement, the topic of competence development of employees versus crowd-working and, last but not least, the invisible barriers to careers for women and immigrants. The fact that careers rarely run in a linear fashion is shown in the "Career Leaps" photo gallery.


The entire issue is available on the German site

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upgrade 2.18 - What will remain

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Early day houses are replaced by new constructions, world heritage sites like Palmyra are destroyed by war and terror attacks, cultural assets are jeopardized as in Italy in 2016: what will remain, what shall remain from our cultural heritage, whether built, as collection or in digital form? Upgrade’s current edition sheds light on topics relevant for policy, tourism and identity manifestation depicting 9 examples by means of cultural heritage as a zone of conflict from the Buddha statues in Bamiyan, Afghanistan to the wrangle about the world heritage site of Vienna’s center, subject heading: setback of the Canaletto view.


The entire issue is available on the German site
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