IDC is an interdisciplinary association of scientists from a variety of different scholarly disciplines, such as physics, biology, social and political sciences.
IDC is a non-profit, non-partisan research organisation, established under Austrian Law of Associations with its headquarter in Vienna.
IDC established several working groups for effective implementation of activities such as EU-Africa WG, energy safety WG or bio-safety WG.
The ressources available are some hundred thousands EUR in a year.
Sources of fundings are national and international state programmes for research.
Projects are related to science communications, technology assessment, risk research, foresight studies using different methodologies such as data mining, statistical reviews, interview series, stakeholder workshops, policy analysis and statement collections etc.
Main partners involved in the organization's projects are Universities, non-state research organisations, CSOs, business, media and state institutions from Europe and all over the world with focus on developing and transition states.
Since 2002 it has been possible to further strengthen the interdisciplinary nature of IDC by collecting a creative and innovative think tank in the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, and media work. The aim of IDC is to promote the dialogue and exchange in science and research, whereas the main focus is set on current social and technical transformations, its evolution and its social and environmental impacts, in view of preventing and resolving consequential conflicts. In this regard, IDC is active in supporting and furthering the analysis of these agenda, in strengthening international scientific cooperation and asserting the perception, acceptance and understanding of innovative and emerging technologies (e.g. in energy and biotechnology) by different stakeholders and by non-scientific society.
Selection of running and completed projects:
- CIVI.NET (The capacity of civil society organisations and their networks in community based environmental management), EU FP7
- SustainergyNet (Integrating Civil, scientific and stakeholder knowlegde), EU FP7, EU-Africa
- Cambiodiversity (Promoting biodiversity conservation in Cambodia), OeAD KEF
- TARPOL (Targeting environmental pollution with engineered microbial systems a la carte)
- Converging Technologies, BMVIT Austria
- COSY (Communicating synthetic biology), GEN-AU Genome research in Austria
- Investigating the biosafety and risk assessment needs of synthetic biology in Austria and China, Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
- Agrofolio (Benefiting from an increased agricultural portfolio in Asia) EU FP6
IDC is able to support the ALF network by:
- Initiation of and participation in projects related to sustainable development
- bridging the gap between science and society by publications, stakeholder workshops and events
- Involving partners in actual project proposals and applications
Main focus would be sustainable energy supply and consumption in developing Mediteranean regions, setting up public particiapation processes in infrastructure and spatial planning. Green cities technology implementation, civil society involvement in energy projects, socioeconomic research and technology assessment of renewable energies (small and large), transfer of good practice.
ALF network offers the possibility to:
- identify new partners for common projects and activities
- getting into contact with local and regional players in Northern Africa to improve and apply developed methodologies in civil society driven sustainable development with main topic energy and infrastructure
- to strengthen the development agenda in Austrian an European policies by competent analyses and advice
- intensification of knowledge transfer and exchange programmes mainly with/for young scientists