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Making ITS more female

One point was made clear in the discussion on 24 October about "Women as Creators and Users of ITS": technology is still mainly dominated by men. It is true that a change seems to be coming soon, but nevertheless, existing technologies that serve as instruments for further research, were mostly developed by men. All discussion participants (Eveline Grassegger (bmvit), Christine Tissot (AIT), Christine Zach, Martin Russ (AustriaTech), Alexandra Millonig (AIT), Silvia Leodolter (AK), Bente Knoll (bnk) and one member each of Salzburg Research und Joanneum Research, Susanne Wolf-Eberl as presenter) agreed that men and women tend to approach things in different ways. While one part has completed most of the development, it has naturally designed these instruments for its own needs and around its own ideas. This may lead to some - not always visible - barriers for the other group to deploy these instruments themselves.
Because of this and because of the fact that women make up the bigger part of public transport users, all participants claimed that women have to create more impact in research and development and have to be given more influence as a target group. This is the primary scope of "wimen" (Women In Mobility & Energy, Environment Network), the board of which was attending the discussion as well.

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