Gerhard Zecha

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Academic Career

  • Elementary school in Imst and Innsbruck
  • Grammar school in Innsbruck
  • Federal teachers' training college in Innsbruck
  • Headmaster and teacher at the elementary school in Dorf bei Längenfeld, Tyrol
  • Teaching qualification examination for the teaching profession at elemantary schools in Innsbruck
  • Teacher at the secondary school Pradl II in Innsbruck
  • Studies in Pedagogy, Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Innsbruck and the University of Salzburg
  • 1968: PhD in Philosophy at the University of Salzburg
  • 1968: Assistant Professor, University of Portland/USA-Salzburg
  • 1975–1976: Alexander-von-Humboldt-scholarship- holder at the University of Konstanz
  • 1977: Habilitation, Department of Philosophy, University of Salzburg; Habilitation treatise: “Philosophische Grundlagen der pädagogischen Wert- und Zielproblematik”
  • 1980: Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Salzburg
  • 1984–2008: Head of the department “Wissenschaftstheorie der Geistswissenschaften” at the Institute of Philosophy of Science at the Internationales Forschungszentrum für Grundfragen der Wissenschaften Salzburg (an international research centre for fundamental questions of sciences, IFZ)
  • 1984–2003 Chairman of the Philosophical Society in Salzburg
  • 1995: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, College of St Benedict/St. John's University, USA, Salzburg Programme.
  • 1997: Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Salzburg
  • 1999–2001 Head of the Department, University of Salzburg
  • Guest lectures and visiting professor at the University of Freiburg, Swiss (1980/81); at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa (1984, 1993, 1996); at the University of California at Irvine, USA (1987/88); at the Centre Universitaire de Luxembourg (1989, 1992, 1996, 2000); at the University of the Orange Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa (1993); at the University of Potchefstroom for Christian Higher Education, Potchefstroom, South Africa (1996), at the University of Stellenbosch (2001, 2004); at the University of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia (2006), at the Jilin University, Changchun, China (2010).

Research and Teaching Interests


  • Wertphilosophie
  • Sozialphilosophie
  • Wissenschaftstheorie der Sozial- und Geisteswissenschaften
  • Philosophie der Erziehung
  • Philosophiedidaktik
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    Since the first COVID-19-related lockdown in spring 2020, several researchers and research groups from the Psychology Department at PLUS have been dealing with the effects of the pandemic on our thoughts, experiences and actions. As part of a series of short lectures projects and results will now be presented online: n
    Researchers led by Salzburg's geoinformatics scientist Christian Neuwirth had already developed and presented a mathematical model for Covid-19 in May 2020 which examines the question of how long and intensively social distancing measures have to be maintained in order to reduce corona deaths further.
    Results of the study on media use by children and families during lockdown. Home schooling could be improved, but is on the right track. Secondary schools have a better profile. Families have learned to deal with lockdown and homeschooling.
    As a result of the current situation the updated opening times for Salzburg University library will apply from the 17th November 2020.
    A study carried out by the sleep laboratory of the Faculty of Natural Sciences on the topic of sleep under the direction Prof. Dr. Manuel Schabus is dedicated to the changes in sleep during the Covid-19 lockdown in 6 different countries (Ö, AT, UK, GR, CU, BRA). The fear, which is worrying from a psychological point of view, and which is evident across society, is also reflected in this data: 78% of those surveyed feel threatened or worried by the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Online lecture on the subject of physiology or medicine: November 25, 2020 - 6 p.m. The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine will go to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for the discovery of the hepatitis C virus.
    Online lecture on chemistry: December 2nd 2020 - 6 p.m. Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna received the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of one of the sharpest tools in genetic engineering: the CRISPR / Cas9 genetic scissors. With this technology, researchers can modify the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with extremely high precision.
    The PLUS Report 2020 has been published.
    Digitization has led to an enormous spread of different forms of mobile working. Corona has brought an additional boost and has introduced home office in areas and for activities that were previously unimaginable.
    During the time of Corona, in particular, it became clear just how important it is to support students digitally in their every day university life. The project „On Track“ – stay on track combines digital and social worlds. It is starting at the right time!
  • Veranstaltungen
  • 25.11.20 Nobelpreise 2020 - MEDIZIN (Hepatitis)
    26.11.20 Current research from the FB Psychology … related to COVID-19
    27.11.20 Update Immobilienertragsteuer sowie neue Grunderwerbsteuer und Gerichtsgebühren (ganztägig)
    01.12.20 Der Körper als PLAYFUL TOOL
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