UNESCO Lab – A local review of the practicability of the “New Work” concept

UNESCO Chair team
Fotocredit: Sofia Bergmann
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Management of Conservation Areas MSc

The UNESCO Chair lab at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences has been the home base for the UNESCO Chair on the Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas for almost 2 years now. On January 10th, we had the pleasure of welcoming Siegfried Spanz, CUAS Managing Director, Barbara Taferner, Assistant to the Managing Director, and Josef Anibas, Chief Digital Officer, to the UNESCO Lab.

The reason for the visit to the UNESCO lab was to host an exchange of experiences on the concept of “New Work”. Says UNESCO Chairholder Michael Jungmeier, “Thanks to the dedicated support of the numerous CUAS service departments, the development of our team was possible and is still ongoing. The high value placed on research and development opens up a variety of new perspectives in the growing field of nature conservation”.

The UNESCO Chair team was founded in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and has grown into a group of twelve scientists who are very positive about the challenges of the hybrid working world. After a short introduction of the UNESCO Chair team and its specific competences, a brief history of the team and their diverse projects was presented. The core topic of the visit was to present joint experiences of the “New Work” environment. Our work routines, the meeting culture, and the guidelines for data storage and office administration were the starting points for the discussion. Challenges and opportunities for the future work culture were also addressed. The lively discussion showed a high level of satisfaction with the team and work environment.