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On this page we provide information about current events at the University of Passau that our PICAIS Fellows are conducting during their stay, as well as about past events organized by our Fellows.

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We are pleased to announce a PICAIS guest lecture by Professor Iryna Honcharenko (Mykolaiv National Agrarian University) on the topic of “Trade in Agri-Food Products between Ukraine and the EU” on December 8th, 2023, in room 117 HK 16 at the DPE at 1.30 p.m.. For 15 years, Iryna Honcharenko has been studying regional economy, specifically rural areas development.

Her lecture is part of the PICAIS research initiative by Prof. Dr. Alina Kasinska (Host: Prof. Dr. Andreas König) on Regional Development, Sustainability, and Nature Parks in Ukraine. 

The topics of Professor Honcharenko’s lecture will include:

1. Characterization of the agri-food sector in the Ukrainian economy
2. Indicators of trade and economic cooperation between Ukraine and the EU
3. Implications of agri-food and trade for regional development in the Mykolaiv region

Related publications:

  • Honcharenko I.V. Informational support of the rural areas’ development // Iryna Honcharenko, Liliia Kozachenko, Tetiana Moroz “Baltic Journal of Economic Studies”, BJES № 44(1) – 2018. – P. 93-100.
  • Honcharenko, I.,Dubinina ,M.., Kubiniy, N ., & Honcharenko, O Evaluation of the regional public authorities activities Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development, 43(1),2021 90–99. Retrieved from https://ejournals.vdu.lt/index.php/mtsrbid/article/view/2026
  • Honcharenko I. Honcharenko, O., Influence of the M&A of Agricultural Companies on the Development of the Rural Areas. Economic Affairs, https://doi.org/10.46852/0424-2513.2s.2023.19 , 2023, 68, pp. 765–771

December 6, 2023, 10.15 - 11.45 a.m.
Location: WIWI SR033 (Innstraße 27)

A flyer to the event can be found here.

This presentation provides a review of major health policies and reforms in the healthcare system and trends in population health in Iran during the last decades. The presentation also provides some evidence of how intensified sanctions affected these efforts and modified the trends in population health mainly through deteriorated macroeconomic conditions, increased living costs, reduced public health funding and less access to quality care.

Professor Dr. Hoda Zobeiri is a Researcher-in-Residence Fellow at the PICAIS at the University of Passau hosted at the chair of Development Economics (Professor Dr. Michael Grimm). Her research interests include development economics, health economics, institutional economics, and the economy of Iran. One of her recent projects was about pension reforms and retirement health in Iran.

The lecture will be intervened in Professor Dr. Grimm’s master course “Growth, Inequality and Poverty”.

The lecture will be held in English. All members of the University of Passau and interested members of the public are cordially invited to the event.

From 1 to 2 December 2023, PICAIS Fellow Prof. Dr. Alina Kasinska hosted a workshop together with her host professor Prof. Dr. Andreas König at his Chair of Strategic Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Topic of the workshop was the "Organizational Adaptation of Nature Parks in Ukraine Affected by Military Aggression".

The workshop (partly in hybrid format) brought together leading experts, scholars and practitioners in the fields of ecology, economics, strategic management, sustainable development and natural resource management. Six leading representatives from Ukraine, including directors of national nature parks and heads of scientific departments, travelled all the way from Ukraine to Passau to participate in person. In addition, 23 participants from Ukraine joined via Zoom.

The main topics discussed during the seminar were

  • Strategies for adaptation of nature parks to military conflict
  • Assessing the impact of military actions on ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Approaches to restoration and development of affected natural areas

Participants presented their institutions and shared their knowledge and experience in this critical area.

At the end of the workshop, a series of joint initiatives were drafted on how research institutions and policy stakeholders could support parks in addressing the fundamental challenges now and in the future.

October 26 2023, 2 p.m.
Location: virtual

A flyer to the event can be found here.

Speakers:
Raquel Casselli, Corporate Engagement, The Good Food Institute Brazil
Bibiana Matte, CSO/Cultivated Pork Fat, Cellva, Brazil
Bruno Bellagamba, R & D, Cultivated Meat, BRF, Brazil
Carlotte Lucas, Corporate Engagement, The Good Food Institute Europe
Anna Loraine Hartmann, Cluster Ernährung, KErn Germany

Moderator: Prof. Michael Grimm, Chair of Development Economics

Chairs/organisers: Prof. Germano Glufke Reis & Dr. Terese Venus, Bioeconomy Economics Research Group

The roundtable will be held in English. All members of the University of Passau and interested members of the public are cordially invited to the event.

Exploring cultivated meat and other alternative proteins: Their potential benefits, societla implications, and challenges

October 23 2023, 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Location: WIWI 301 (Innstrasse 27)

A flyer to the event can be found here.

Prof. Dr. Germano Glufke Reis is a professor and researcher at the Federal University of Parana, School of Management, in southern Brazil. He is the coordinator of the SfoodLab (Sustainable Food Value Chains Laboratory). He is currently a PICAIS Research-in-Residence Fellow at the University of Passau in the Bioeconomy Economics research group. 

His research mainly focuses on sustainable food value chains, with a particular focus on the meat industry and the meat alternatives sector. He has researched various facets of the value chains of cell-based meat and other alternative protein sources that have the potential to significantly transform the conventional meat industry.

The research colloquium will be held in English. All members of the University of Passau and interested members of the public are cordially invited to the event.

July 26 2023, 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.
Location: Audimax HS10
 (Innstrasse 31)

A flyer to the event can be found here.

The public research colloquium will present the progress of the research on Dynamic nonparametric multidimensional panel data models conducted by Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Henderson, a Fellow of the Passau International Centre for Advanced Inter-disciplinary Studies.

Prof. Henderson and his colleagues are developing tests and estimators for dynamic semiparametric varying coefficient panel data models with fixed-effects. They begin with testing for unit root processes in lagged dependent variables and allow these to vary by the cross-sectional dimension. They then develop estimators for the parameters of interest  from the stationary processes via kernel estimation. The asymptotic results and bootstrap procedures will be discussed. They will apply these methods to their subject of interest: migration flows to European nations. Their goal will be to forecast migration flows as well as help find determinants of migration flows. The focus will be on relative labor market conditions between the given nations over time.

The research colloquium will be held in English. All members of the University of Passau and interested members of the public are cordially invited to the event.

July 21 2023, 9.00 - 10.00 a.m.
Location: HK28 SR010
 (Dr.-Hans-Kapfinger-Straße 28)

A flyer to the event can be found here.

Drawing on both literary theory and cognitive science, the research of Dr. Mistreanu in the interdisciplinary field of cognitive literary studies encompasses a wide range of questions regarding the complex and intricate relationship between fiction and cognition. The work is twofold: on the one hand, she investigates the literary depictions of human mental activity, with a focus on contemporary French-language translingual fiction. She pays special attention to the representations of affect, creativity, imagination, thought and reason, and to the way these cognitive processes illustrate different cultural, social and political phenomena of our world, such as migration, minorities’ rights, upheavals and social justice movements. On the other hand, the work in the areas of literary theory and postclassical narratology explores, questions and aims to theorize different manners in which cognitive science can enrich our understanding of the interface between literary fiction and the human mind. In this presentation, Dr. Mistreanu will discuss some of the highlights of her research, talks about the two books she has authored so far, and introduces some of the topics she is currently addressing in her work.

Diana Mistreanu holds a PhD in French literature from the University of Luxembourg and the University Paris-Est Créteil. She is a guest researcher and lecturer at the University of Szeged (Hungary) and Researcher-in-Residence Fellow at the PICAIS at the University of Passau, where she is working on the depiction of affect in Shumona Sinha’s novels, under the supervision of Prof. Marina Ortrud M. Hertrampf. Her fields of research are cognitive literary studies and contemporary French and Francophone literature. She is particularly interested in the interaction between the body-mind-brain and literary fiction, contemporary autobiographical writing, translingual writers and indigenous Canadian literatures.

The lecture will be held in English. All members of the University of Passau and interested members of the public are cordially invited to the event.

by PICAIS-Fellow and Visting Professor Prof. Dr. Ingrid Piller (Macquarie University, Sydney)

May 8 2023, 10.30 a.m.
Location: Phil HS 2
 (Innstraße 25)

A flyer to the event (in German) can be found here.

The lecture will be held in German. All members of the University of Passau and interested members of the public are cordially invited to the event.

21. February 2023, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Location: HK 28 SR010
(Dr.-Hans-Kapfinger-Straße 28)

A flyer for the event can be found here.

The public research colloquium will focus on types of communication during the information blockade in Mariupol, tools of propaganda influence, and the transformation of the city's media landscape under the siege. The researcher and PICAIS Fellow Dr. Olena Melnykova-Kurhanova will share her experience of surviving in the besieged city and the first results of her research.

The event will be held as an open reflection seminar and will have a hybrid format (offline and online). It will be dedicated to the anniversary of the beginning of the full-scale Russian-Ukrainian war.

The research colloquium will be held in English.

All members of the University of Passau and interested members of the public are cordially invited to the event.

If you would like to attend please register in Stud.IP under the event number 21022023 or write an e-mail to katrin.arkona@uni-passau.de.

Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Henderson, PICAIS Fellow, will give an opening lecture for the Brown Bag Seminar - Recent Developments in Data Science.

A Complete Framework for Model-Free Difference-in-Differences

Thursday, 15.12.2022 12p.m. - 2 p.m.
WIWI 301

An abstract and information about Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Henderson can be found here.

The brown bag seminar serves as a platform for exchange and constructive discussions on a full variety of topics around data science from first research ideas up to already published research results. It welcomes methodological talks and talks on innovative applications of quantitative methods alike. The areas of applications include, but are not limited to, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Operations Management, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management.

Further information can be found on Stud.IP under Course 39740: Doctoral Seminar "Recent Developments in Data Science".

The Passau International Centre for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (PICAIS), in collaboration with the Research Training Group "Digital Platform Ecosystems"(DPE) and the Chair of Development Economics (Prof. Grimm) organised a symposium:

Digitalization of Africa – Can digitalization address development bottlenecks?

13 July  2022, from 15:00 p.m. to 18:00 p.m.

Location: (JUR) SR 147b

The workshop addressed developmental constraints in Sub-Saharan Africa and discussed possible solutions through digitalisation.  The event featured talks by Dr. Edward Asiedu, first Research-in-Residence Fellow of PICAIS, and Prof. Jann Lay from the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg. Whereas Edward Asiedu focused on interventions to enhance digitalization and the effectiveness of these interventions, Jann Lay focused on the implications for African labour markets.

The event ended with a Round Table Discussion on “Achieving an Inclusive Digital Ecosystem in Africa”. Panelists next to Dr. Edward Asiedu and Prof. Jann Lay were Dr. Patricia Boshe (Research Centre for Law and Digitalisation (FREDI)) and Prof. Jan Krämer (Spokesperson of the RTG DPE) both from the University of Passau.

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