“Diversitas 2016”: Mitterlehner honors universities and research institutes

Verleihung des Diversitas Preis

Science Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner presented the “Diversitas” award in Vienna for the first time on 6 December. Together with Department Head Iris Rauskala, Mr. Mitterlehner honored eight projects from Austrian universities and research institutes that are driving the topic of diversity management. “Science and research play an important role in forging cohesion in society and helping it to develop further. With this in mind, we are shining the spotlight on innovative projects in the hope of motivating other organizations to undertake their own activities in this field,” said Mr. Mitterlehner in his speech to congratulate the prize winners.

“Diversitas” is endowed with cash and non-cash prizes worth a total of EUR 150,000. “Our award is unique in Europe. Up to now, government agencies have presented awards only to individuals and not to scientific and research institutes,” said Mr. Mitterlehner. A panel of experts selected the winners from a total of 27 submissions. The criteria are based on the strategic objectives of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) to promote diversity. The following factors were assessed: resource orientation, sustainability, innovation, and internal and external effect.

UAS Technikum Wien received one of the five cash prizes worth EUR 25,000 for the development and implementation of the strategy for  “Gender Mainstreaming & Managing Diversity” at UAS Technikum Wien.