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Three Important Lessons Learned

This year’s deadline for submitting applications to the MSCA funding scheme is approaching quickly. This funding scheme is, arguably, one of the most competitive and one of the most prestigious schemes the European Union has to offer. Applicants have only 10 pages to present a striking research idea and explain to reviewers why this is […]

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Research Assistants – Talented Students do Research With Me

In German-speaking countries, they are known as SHK, student assistants, who take on tasks for a few hours a week for a small compensation. At my host university, UC Santa Barbara, this concept is thought differently; here, very good students can earn ECTS points for their studies by taking over important tasks in research projects. […]

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Weather and Equipment – Both are Challenging…

It is the third week of May 2023 and I have started conducting my in-situ study more than six weeks ago. During this time, I have faced many challenges – most of which were either related to my research equipment or the weather or both… As you might have seen in the news, we have […]

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Making Data Cleaning Happen

Beyond preparing the report on the project for the European Union, I have spent the last month thinking about the necessary steps to clean the real-world study data. Data cleaning is a first step in a chain of tasks which need to be finished in order to preprocess the data for further analysis. Cleaning the […]

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Spring batch of in-situ study data collected!

It is the beginning of June and I have, finally, a first set of real-world study data collected. As explained in an earlier post, I had to overcome considerable challenges and find creative solutions. As of now more than 40 subjects have participated which is a lot given the circumstances and the time effort of […]

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Ethics is Important in Research!

Ethics in scientific research is a multi-faceted and very interesting issue. I had been part of the Pilot Research Ethics Committee of TU Wien since 2021 and, hence, have a good knowledge about reviewing studies involving human participation. It is very interesting to see the differences and commonalities in Ethics review vs approval. While we […]

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I’ll be Giving a QMSS Talk!

UC Santa Barbara has a cross-departmental lecture series on Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS). On June 7th, 2023, I will be giving a talk on variance-based Structural Equation Modeling as part of this lecture series! I’m excited to provide you with an overview about this method which I have been using as a […]

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Time is Flying – My 18-months Visit is Coming to an End

It’s August 20th, 2023, and my visit here at UCSB will be over in 10 days time. It has been a very busy, intellectually stimulating and enjoyable time. Since the start of my Outgoing Phase March 1st, 2023, I have met great scholars and enjoyed many interesting conversations also with graduate students here at UCSB. […]

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European Science Night – Thanks for your interest

Being back in Vienna, I had the great opportunity to present my research to the greater public. On Sept 29th, 2023, I participated in the European Researchers Night! It was a great afternoon/ evening with lot’s of interesting conversations. Children and adults were stopping by and asked very interesting questions about my research and how […]

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Talk at the Geography Colloquium at UCSB

Exchanging knowledge is of key importance in science in general. It is also a fundamental goal of the time I’m spending at UC Santa Barbara. On May 25th, 2023, I had the honor to give a talk on Geographic-Aware Augmented Reality in the Colloquium of the Geography Department at UCSB. My talk focused on the […]

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