Vienna University Children’s Office (KUW) was implemented in 2006 as a non-profit academic spin-off company owned by the University of Vienna. Based on our initial experience with Children’s University as an innovative pilot initiative, Vienna University Children’s Office has gained recognition on national and international levels as a relevant actor in the sphere of science outreach and social engagement in a wider societal and institutional context. Since the beginning, we were operating on the interface between universities, science, arts and humanities – and society. We are continuously searching for innovative ways of science engagement with children, young people and their families in the dialogue of science and society – and to reduce the obstacles in their access to (higher) education.
Our main focus is to develop and administrate such initiatives in that field, to promote those activities among universities and other authorities and to establish networks of institutions active in this sector. The overriding aim of our attempts is to counteract a falling interest in science and research among the young, to promote a positive attitude towards scientific careers at the earliest stage possible and help to overcome stereotyped notions – with a special focus on that social groups that are currently underrepresented in science, in (higher) education and in the societal dialogue in general.
Currently, KUW has 49 employed staff and a pool of approx. 50 continuous contractors from all relevant fields of experience and professional backgrounds.
Why we are Participating in the Project
Having a role in the MultInclude project helps as to deepen our knowledge and insight into innovative and successful models of science and social engagement across Europe. This shall lead to more impactful and more sustainable implementation of our own initiatives. At the same time, Vienna University Children’s Office can contribute with our existing networks and contacts as well as our profound expertise in this particular area and create added value for the entire consortium and beyond.
Our Role in the Project
Our role in the project is to contribute with successful examples of inclusive education models from the formal and non-formal sector which we are cooperating with. Moreover, we will develop an assessment scheme for education providers that allows them to estimate and compare their own status and preparedness for the concerns of inclusive education and social engagement – based on a well-proven set of key criteria deriving from successful model cases and regional factors.