Sex and gender dimension in research: Robotics

Online Training Sex and gender dimension in research: Robotics
  • 22 April 2021
  • 09:00-12:00 cet (Brussels time)
  • Katta Spiel
  • Astrid Weiss
Important information
  • This training focuses on the sex and gender dimension in the research field of Robotics.
Learning objectives
  • Providing an overview on gender and sex aspects in research topics focusing on Robotics
  • Help to understand the concepts of gender and gender mainstreaming and their relevance for research – focusing on Robotics
  • Sensitize on the importance of including the gender dimension into research projects and designing more gender sensitive projects
  • Provide practical strategies to implement a gender approach in research
Who is it for?
  • Researchers at universities and private companies focusing on Robotics & related engineering fields
  • Research team leaders
  • Research coordinators at RPOs and RFOs
  • Research officers / research advisors / people in charge of supporting research projects
  • People in charge of the valorisation /dissemination of research outputs
  • Officers at research and transfer support units at universities
Training materials




Katta Spiel

Hertha Firnberg Scholar Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Group TU Wien, Faculty of Informatics and Lecturer in Gender Studies, University of Vienna

Katta Spiel researches marginalised perspectives on technology to inform critical design and engineering. Their work is situated at the intersection of Computer Science, Design and Critical Theory. Drawing on methods from (Critical) Participatory Design and Action Research, collaborations with neurodivergent and/or nonbinary folks have lead to the exploration of novel potentials for designs, methodological contributions to Human-Computer Interaction and innovative technological artefacts.

Astrid Weiss

Senior Scientist Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Group TU Wien, Faculty of Informatics

Astrid Weiss is one of Austria’s key figures in the interdisciplinary research area of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). She is regarded as one of the pioneers in the combination of empirical social research and robotics, both in co-designing the research area and in industry-related research. Currently, she is serving as expert consultant for the FFG project: RoboGen Gender-sensitive interaction with social robots.