Wed, 17.07.2019 10:00

Time Traveller’s Reading Machine: Young Scientists on a Research Trip into the Past

At this year's Children’s University young researchers are deciphering writings of the past - with the help of new technologies.

For the first time this year, the Austrian Academy of Sciences will take part in the Vienna Children’s University as a hosting institution. After repeatedly contributing to the programme in past years, the ACDH is pleased to welcome young the Children’s University scientists on home turf this time around.

In the workshop on Wednesday, 18 July, from 10 to 12 am, researchers from the ACDH will take children between the ages of ten and twelve on a trip to the 18th century, to join our own efforts of decoding writings from earlier times, which are often not easy to read: After all, letters looked very different 300 years ago, and words and language have changed a lot as well. Together with Daniela Fasching, Britta Breuers and Johannes Laroche, the Children’s University junior scientists will learn to read almost-forgotten typefaces, decode historical newspaper articles and explore how new technologies and digital tools can help researchers interested in exploring the past.

You can find further information on the ACDH Children’s University workshop here:

 Vienna Children's University @ ÖAW 

 Vienna Children's University Programme  



ACDH @ Vienna Children’s University


17 July 2019


Austrian Academy of Sciences

Doktor-Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 2

1010 Vienna

Daniela Fasching

Britta Breuers