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Oesterreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Wien, Austria


University description (as per official university website)

Tasks and objectives of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Pursuant to its statutory mandate to promote the science in all respects, and supports awareness of their social, cultural and economic responsibility and operates the Austrian Academy of Sciences (AAS) anwendungsoffene research.

Renowned scholars from home and abroad form a pool of knowledge spanning many disciplines for the benefit of collective knowledge-economic development. In all its activities, the Academy is national, EU and internationally networked closely with universities and other partners.

The learned society and a major contributor to a powerful Austrian science. She advises decision-makers from politics, economy and society in scientific issues and to inform the public about important scientific discoveries. The academy members bring their diverse expertise in the activities of the Academy.

The Academy provides impetus by appealing to new, future-oriented research. Scientific merit, innovation potential and sustainability are the main criteria for the research profile of the Academy. As Centers of Excellence in the Academy requires research in international competition prove through periodic evaluations.

With scholarships, the Academy promotes scientific talents in programs exclusively to the standards of the international scientific community are committed, and therefore offers exceptionally qualified junior researchers the opportunity to develop scientific expertise. With the award of awards, the Academy for outstanding academic achievement.


Department of Biology and Medicine
CeMM - Research Center for Molecular Medicine
GMI - Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology
IMBA - Institute of Molecular Biotechnology
Institute of Respiratory Gas Analysis
Institute for Biomedical Aging Research
Institute of Biophysics and Nanosystems Research (IBN)
Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology

Department of Earth Sciences
Institute for Geographic Information Science (GIScience)
Geoscience Center of Math-nat. Class
Commission for the Paleontological and Stratigraphical Research of Austria
Commission for Geophysical Research
Commission for Basic Research on Mineral Raw Materials Research
Commission of Quaternary Research

Department of Mathematics, Simulation and Measurement
Institute for Integrated Sensor Systems
Acoustic Research Institute
Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM)
Commission for Scientific Visualization

Department of Physics and Materials Science
Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science
Institute of High Energy Physics
Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information
Stefan Meyer Institute for subatomic physics

Department of Environment
Institute for Limnology
Institute for Technology Assessment
Commission for Interdisciplinary Ecological Studies
Commission for Clean Air
Austrian IIASA Commission

Department of Space
Institute for Space Research
Commission for Astronomy
Interdisciplinary research projects
Commission for Scientific Cooperation with the Ministry of Defence
Commission for History of Science, Mathematics and Medicine


National and international programs - General Information

The research programs listed below are funded by the Federal Ministry of Science and Research and by the Austrian Academy of Sciences administers located National Committee. The National Committee, composed of renowned scientists and representatives of ministries and state organizations, including the following tasks:
Coordination of research activities at their respective research sector
Formulation of program-based research strategies
Quality of research projects
Development of new research
Stimulate new projects and research collaborations
In the context of projects calls applications will be approved only for external review by the National Committee. The scientific quality of research and project reports will also be examined by the national committee. All research programs are either part of a network of international programs (UNESCO, UN, ICSU, EU) or internationally through treaties and scientific cooperation.

Note: To make requests for the experts to make the scope manageable, the application form has been redesigned. For example, the length of the text has been limited in the form fields. This will unfortunately also mean that in the application text formatting options such as italic, bold or high / subscript are not possible. However, if this be absolutely necessary for your application, you can catch up at the fair description of the project. If you have any problems with the application form, please contact @ guenter.koeck.

Dr. Günter Köck
1010 Vienna, Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2
T +43 1 51581 1271
F +43 1 51581 1275
guenter.koeck @

Alpine Research

This program is part of the 1999 established research cooperation "International Scientific Committee for Alpine Research (ISCAR), which in addition to the Academy, the Swiss Academies of Sciences (SAS) and the Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS), the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, the Slovenian Academy of Sciences, and relevant institutions in Italy (Istituto Nazionale Della Montagna - IMONT) and France (Grenoble Pôle Recherche Université help). The research program aims to promote the alpine-wide and interdisciplinary cooperation in the Alpine Research and the transfer of research results into practice and the public. Research areas include climate change, water, transport, natural disasters, biodiversity, socio-economy and the earth sciences.

RAUMALP, Spatial and Structural Problems in the Alpine region
Alpine Research Policy Paper

Geophysics of the Earth's crust

It was founded in 1979 research program "Geophysics of the Earth's crust promotes projects of applied surface geophysics, for example, the interpretation of potential fields, the modeling of electromagnetic data, refined recording for seismic measurements, and investigations of mass movements (eg landslides, rockfalls).

Global Change Programme

This program was founded in 1990 by three European research networks are summarized
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)
World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)
International Human Dimension Programme (IHDP)
As part of the Global Change Program projects for the exploration of global environmental change (including climate, biodiversity) will be financed.

Hydrology of Austria

UNESCO Program
The "Hydrology of Austria is the Austrian contribution to the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO. Focus of current research projects are currently Bodefeuchte of areas including modeling and forecasting of precipitation and runoff generation in alpine basins.

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR)

UN Programme
Founded in 1990, this program supports projects to study the causes and risks of natural hazards, to develop methods of early detection of natural disasters and to develop preventive measures to reduce their consequences.

International Geoscience Programme (IGCP)

UNESCO Program
Under this program, founded in 1973 geoscientific cooperation projects funded by the UNESCO clearly defined research areas. Research priorities include Quaternary geology, environmental and engineering geology, sedimentology, mineral deposits, geochemistry, geophysics and structural geology.

Commission for the Coordination of Nuclear Fusion Research in Austria

The Commission for the Coordination of Nuclear Fusion Research in Austria on 25 April 1980 by the then Federal Minister for Science and Research, Dr. H. Firnberg founded and established at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The primary objectives were to advise the government on all issues, coordination of the Austrian research activities in this sector, information activities in the broadest sense, and especially of the Austrian industry. According to the research and surveys were pulses of the Austrian activities in universities and industrial companies as well as conducted several symposia held status. After Austria's accession to the European Union created the KKKÖ the basis for the association agreement with the EURATOM program on 15 November 1996 between the Austrian Academy of Sciences and EURATOM was completed. In addition to their original positions in the field of information dissemination, the Commission is currently funding research projects in the technology field with emphasis on the "construction of the experimental fusion device ITER", coordinates the EURATOM office of the Academy as well as carry out the participation in the European fusion experiment JET (Culham, UK) . The Association EURATOM-ÖAW involved since the beginning of its existence in research and development projects of the European fusion program in the areas of "Plasma", "Fusion Technology" and "socioeconomic aspects", thus ensuring a significant return of funds to the summary in the association of Austrian institutions.

Man and Biosphere Programme (MaB)

UNESCO Program
It was founded in 1971, UNESCO program "Man and the Biosphere (MAB)" developed and applied scientific principles in the field of natural and social sciences, which serve the long-term protection of natural resources and biodiversity. The aim is to create a balance between the protection of biological diversity, promoting economic and social development and the preservation of particular cultural values, in short, a sustainable development of human-environment relationship. MAB encourages interdisciplinary and international network research, modeling and training in sustainable management of natural resources. The concept of the global biosphere reserve network is the key component of the MAB Programme for the implementation of sustainable design of the relationship man-environment dar. Biosphere Reserves are internationally recognized country or coastal ecosystems, which serve others as a "field laboratory" in which models for a integrated sustainable development of the region while protecting the environment to be designed, tested and implemented. The Austrian MAB National Committee is focusing its research on research in and for the local biosphere reserves.

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