UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR AND DRIVEN SCIENTIST 

My Story

Ruth Mateus-Berr, artist, researcher, and social designer, graduated from the Department of Art, Sciences and Art Education at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She has realized several core projects for the Austrian Design Institute and is professor, head of expertise of DESIGN at the Department of Social Design, and chairwoman of the senate at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. In her awarded works she focuses on water as important resource for the development of a peaceful society: 4 Layers of Sari (2007) or reduction of carbon dioxide: Cool city Vienna. Empathy for Climate Hangovers in a City (2010, 2012), art & health projects (Bank Austria Social Award 2014, Occursus 2016, eAward Austria 2017), projects against racism. She founded the Applied Design Thinking LAB Vienna 2009, where she engages in interdisciplinary design education. Here within she has been supervising interdisciplinary and participatory urbanistic projects. 2016 she was initiator and co-founder of the Politics of Fear collective: https://pofcollective.wordpress.com/ where fears and courage within our society are negotiated at public spaces. She external evaluator of EU Program P7, Marie Curie Multi-ITN project TRADERS (short for ‘Training Art and Design Researchers in Participation for Public Space’): http://tr-aders.eu/ and member of the scientific committee of the Design Management Academy Conference/Research Perspectives on creative intersections 2017 in Hongkong

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Education

Previous positions and mobility

Expert and Reviewer Task

Internat. Scientific Review Board

Public Examiner / Opponent Tasks

Positions of Trust, Boards, Networks, Memberships, Committees,...

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DEGREES:

Full Professor for the Center for Didactics of Art and Interdisciplinary Education (since 2019) at University of Applied Arts Vienna

ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. art. Dr. phil. Habilitation for Design Education – Venia Docendi (2011) at University of Applied Arts Vienna

Dr. phil. - doctoral thesis engaged in the design and the players of the National Socialist Artists Carneval Parade of 1939 in Vienna (2002) at University of Applied Arts Vienna

Dr. art. equal qualification (1997)

Dipl. Multimedial Art-Therapy. Austrian Association For Group Psychotherapy and Groupdynamics (1996)

Mag.art. at University of Applied Arts Vienna (1991)


OTHER STUDIES:

  • History and Social Studies. My major field of study was National Socialism, postcolonial studies, economic and social history of the city of Vienna, Austrian Immigration law. 


  • Art Education –Teacher Education Secondary Schools (since 1991) 


  • Diploma for Multimedial Art Therapy (since 1996) 
(Austrian Association For Group Psychotherapy and Groupdynamics) 


  • Positive Leadership FutureLAB: Trainers: Ruth Seliger, Christoph Schmitz and Paul Tolchinsky 
taught me about positive leadership, the future of management. 


ASSESSMENTS FOR ACADEMIC POSTS

  • Short List: Vice-Dean for interdisciplinary Reserach at UAL (Universities of the Arts London: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL Creative Co puting Institute) 2019. 


  • Short List: Professor for Arts-based Research and Pedagogy Aalto Universität/Helsinki 2017 


  • 2011 Deputy speaker of THE SENATES OF AUSTRIAN ART UNIVERSITIES 


  • Since 2011-2019 Chairwoman of the Senate of The UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED ARTS VIENNA 


  • Since 2003 deputy chairwoman of the Senate of The UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED ARTS VIENNA

  • 2000 Professor at the 1st Interdisciplinary Arts School Mürz in Austria: ART-SCHOOL MÜRZ 


  • Since 1992 Assistant at the department for Design, Architecture & Environment at UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED ARTS VIENNA 


  • 1991 Design Course Manager HERNSTEIN MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE
Development of the first Design Management course in Austria, for directors of first and second layers of top management in Austria. 


  • Since 2011 Univ.-Prof. at UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED ARTS VIENNA 


  • Since 2002 Dr. (PhD) at UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED ARTS VIENNA 


EXPERIENCE OF LEADERSHIP (DEPARTMENT & INSTITUTIONS)


  • Since 2019 Head of Department Center for Didactics of Art and Interdisciplinary Education

  • Since 2013 Head of Department for art/design/textile didactics at the UNIVERSITY OF 
APPLIED ARTS VIENNA


  • 2013—2019 Head of D ́Art – funded by the Ministry: Austrian Higher Education, Structural 
Resources, Center for Didactics for Art, Design and Textile Education in Austria at the UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED ARTS VIENNA 


  • Since 2012. Head of Expertise_ Design at the Master program/Department Social Design Arts as Urban Innovation UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED ARTS VIENNA

  • 1983—1992 President/NPO, Participation and management of an inter-cultural community art project: SAMBASCHOOL -COMMUNITY ART

  • 1986—1988 Project Management at the AUSTRIAN DESIGN INSTITUTE
Catalogue: Design, made in Austria 1987 (Walter Bohatsch, Peter Weibel) - Exhibition: Austrian Design in Tokio/Japan 1988 in collaboration with JIDPO (Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization) 


  • 1985—1986, Internship: Graphic Design & Sale at the ACADEMIC PRINTING AND PUBLISHING HOUSE Graz: All departments, Frankfurt Book Fair (1985), Viennese Book Fair/Hofburg (1986) 


MOBILITY

  • 2019 Guest Professor/ BAUHAUS, GERMANY

  • 2018 Guest Professor/ ECO WEEK Tel Aviv, ISRAEL


  • 2009 Guest Professor/ Masterprogramme Research Based Design, Product Design Department, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallin, ESTONIA

  • 1988 Study Visit Brasil


  • 1984 Counselor for Arts & Crafts at Summercamp Merrie Woode, North Carolina, USA 


  • Reviewer for Springer Nature BV Dordrecht, the Netherlands. 


  • Reviewer for JAR (Journal of Artistic Research) 


  • Reviewer for the Art and Culture in the Long-term Care and Support programme Cultuur 
en Zorg. NL 


  • Reviewer for Common Ground Research Network 


  • Reviewer for the Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) 


  • Expert for AR pilot Jury University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna 


  • Evaluator for EU Horizon 2020 & Jane Harris: InKreate 


  • Advisory Board Gemeinwohl Ökonomie https://www.ecogood.org/de/forschungsverein

  • Member of the GRASP network of knowledge creation through artful thinking 
https://www.graspnetwork.net/

  • Commission of Professorship (National): Industrial Designers: Ross Lovegrove; James Skone; 
Christoph Kaltenbrunner; and for the Ministry of Women and Education; several comissions 
for habilitations at University of Applied Arts Vienna 


  • Commission of Professorship (International): New School of Design, Parsons New York, USA; 
Aalto University, Finland; Ministry of Education Austria; Einsteinstiftung Berlin. 


  • External evaluator for the EU Program P7, Marie Curie Multi-ITN project ‘TRADERS’: 
http://tr-aders.eu/ 2013-2017
Evaluator for EU EACEA Creative Europe Culture: Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency Support to Refugee Integration 2016, HORIZON 2020 (INKREATE) 2018. 


  • Evaluator for Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research/ NWO

  • Scientific Commissions: Research committee of Sensory Studies 
(http://www.sensorystudies.org/about/), 


  • Evaluator at ZFHE: Journal for Higher Education (http://www.zfhe.at/index.php/zfhe) 


  • Bloomsbury Publishers (Former Berg Publishers) London. Sydney, New York, New Delhi: 
www.bloomsbury.com/

  • Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, Oxford, New York: https://www.routledge.com/

  • Springer Nature BV Dordrecht, the Netherlands.
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  • DMA 2019 Design & Innovation London UK


  • DMA 2017 Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 
CHINA


  • Horizon 2020/EU


  • EACEA/EU


  • Einstein Privatstiftung Berlin


  • DART 2018 Teaching Artistic Research. Curriculum and Pedagogy. 
Conference & Columbia University New York, AUSTRIA


  • Since 2018 COMMON GROUND Research Networks


  • Since 2017 ITCCC International Textiles and Costume Culture Conferences


  • DMA 2017 Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 
CHINA, Conferences


  • Art & Design Education in Times of Change; European Regional Conference INSEA 2016, 
University of Applied Arts Vienna, AUSTRIA, Conference


  • DART 2014 Perspectives on Art Education, University of Applied Arts Vienna, AUSTRIA, Conference

  • Evaluator for Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research/ NWO

ART | DESIGN JURIES

  • Artistic Research (Universiy of Music and Performing Art Vienna), since 2018


  • Fred Adlmüller Stiftung since 2017


  • Einstein Foundation Berlin 2018


  • MAM 40 Years of MAM: https://www.mambaby.com/shop/us_int/ 2016


  • Sussmannstiftung (http://www.jmw.at/en/collections/anni-and-heinrich-sussmann-foundation)

  • Stromkilometer Competition since 2006 |

  • Der rote Teppich/The Red Carpet (2011, 2012) (http://www.roterteppich.at/jurors/index/year:2011; http://www.roterteppich.at/jurors/index/year:2012)

  • Hermanns Strandbar, Vienna 

  • Innovest 

  • Peggy Guggenheim Internship Venice 

  • Grau Raus – Bunt Rein

  • Competition Chamber of Commerce

 

Million EUR Awards/ Grants

2007—2020 for the University of Applied Arts Vienna for arts & design based research and research calls, projects with industry, institutions, museums and private sponsors

Selected Awards & Grants:

2019 / DEMEDARTS. Dementia.Empathy.Education.Arts.rtistic Research on Patterns of Perception and Action in the Context of an Aging Society University of Applied Arts Vienna (FWF: The Austrian Science Fund is Austria‘s central funding organization for basic research, PEEK: Programme for Arts-based  research https://www.fwf.ac.at/en/research-funding/fwf-programmes/peek/ )
AR-609

Role: Project lead, artist, designer

 

2019 / WKP 132 „Art 4 Science“, Projektleiterin: Eva Maria KÖNIG, St. Anna Kinderkrebsforschung e.V. – Tumor-Immunoediting FWF: The Austrian Science Fund is Austria‘s central funding organization for basic research, PEEK: Programme for Arts-based research
https://www.fwf.ac.at/en/research-funding/fwf-programmes/peek/

Role: artist, designerPrizes and Awards (Awards & Calls SHORT)

 

2018 & 2019 / Austria-Hungary Research & Education Foundation: Knowledge Sharing Exchange Program on Coability/Designcultures and Disability studies/Rosi Braidotty Posthuman Critical Theory/ in cooperation with Laszlo Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, HU.

 

2018 / INTERREG/EU: Design & Innovation (EU) University of Applied Arts Vienna (Angewandte), MAK (Museum of Applied Arts Vienna), SCD (Slovakian Design Center, VŠVU (Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava/ Institute for Design, Textil and visual Communication)

 

2017 / Stadtarbeit und Erste Bank Mehrwert Designpreis 2017: Lebenswelten https://www.sponsoring.erstebank.at/de/kunst-und-kultur/design/stadtarbeit-und-designpreis-2017

 

2017 / E-AWARD: Education & Health

http://www.report.at/index.php/component/k2/item/90426-eaward-2017-projekte-fuer-diedigitalisierung-oesterreichs

Grant Funders: Federal Chancellery Austria, Report publisher, platform Digital Austriaizes

2016 / Occursus: Award for communication in oncology https://www.occursus.at/

 

2015 / D.A.S. Dementia. Arts. Society /Artistic Research on Patterns of Perception and Action in the Context of an Aging Society University of Applied Arts Vienna (FWF: The Austrian Science Fund is Austria‘s central funding organization for basic research, PEEK: Program for Arts-based research: https://www.fwf.ac.at/en/research-funding/fwf-programmes/peek/).

 

2015 / personal. curator & fluxguide (https://viennabusinessagency.at)

 

2014 / Bank Austria Social Award (& Interacct Research Group)

 

2014 / Break the Walls PEEK (FWF) University of Applied Arts Vienna & University of Technology  Vienna & University of Music (Austrian Science Fonds, Programme for Arts-based Research https://www.fwf.ac.at/en/research-funding/fwfprogrammes/peek/)

 

2014 / Sparkling Games Sparkling Science (bmwfw) University of Applied Arts Vienna & University of Technology Vienna(Research programme of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and 
Economy (BMWFW) http://www.sparklingscience.at/en

 

2013 / Art Lector is a transmedial technical solution for customized art and culture education for groups of students from schools, young and elderly visitors and people with special needs in museums & fluxguide (ZIT: Technology Agency of the City of Vienna http://www.zit.co.at/en.html).

 

2012 / INTERACCT: INTegrating Entertainment and Reaction Assessment into Child Cancer Therapy & University of Vienna, St.Anna Children Cancer Research Center Institute, T-Systems (FFG: The Austrian Research Promotion Agency: https://www.ffg.at/en)

 

2012 / Visuality & Mathematics: Experiential Education of Mathematics through Visual Arts, 
Sciences and Playful Activities & Universities in Finnland, Hungary, Serbia and Belgium 
(EU-Tempus: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/tempus/index_en.php)

2010 / Design Award: Vienna: A Design Strategy. How to React to a City? (MAK, Departure Call) Cool City Vienna: Cool Design & Hashem Akbari & Allgemeine Baugesellschaft - A. PORR AG. & Architect Michael P. Schultes: MAK (Museum of applied arts)Vienna 2010

 

2009 / Communication Lab & Science Center Netzwerk (WWTF: The Vienna Science and Technology Fund WWTF. http://www.wwtf.at/)

 

2007 / Neptun Contemporary Art Award for the Visualization of the Science Work of Dr. Rita Colwell (Verbund)

 

2007 / Haptic and olfactory Design for Viennas Creative Industries & University of Vienna, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna (WWTF: The Vienna Science and Technology Fund WWTF. http://www.wwtf.at/)

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2017/ Z33 Hasselt, BELGIUM
2016, 2014 / Columbia University, N.Y., USA
2016 / Concordia University, Montreal, CANADA
2013 / Kasetsart University Bangkok, Thailand
2013 / Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences Oslo, Norway 
2012 / KTH Vetenskap och Konst, Royal Institute of Technology; Stockholm, Sweden 
2012 / University of Porto, Portugal 
2012 / ELIA Biennal Conference Vienna Austria 
2011 / University of Coimbra, Portugal 
2011 / Sint Lucas University, Gent Belgium  

2010 / Universidade Federal de Goia, Goiania, Brasil

2009 / Product Design Department Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia 
2009 / Rutgers University, NJ, USA 

Lectures, Performances, Workshops

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Publications

about design projects, applied design thinking LAB Vienna, design education, museum education, social design, urbanism, health & interdisciplinarity.

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Radio Interview

Interview by Radio Augustin (Alexandra Gruber).

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