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JKU Young Polymer Scientists


The JKU Young Polymer Scientists program provides insight into theoretical and experimental bases to learn more about polymer synthesis, characterization and processing.


Program Information

  • Maximum Number of Participants: 25
  • Number of Workshops: 12
  • Summer Internship: at a company in Upper Austria or at the Johannes Kepler University Linz

Why Should You Take Part in the JKU Young Polymer Scientists Program?

Your Part

Your Advantage

Take part in 12 workshops during the school year

Learn more about the world of chemistry and polymer technologies at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz.

Complete a minimum of 10 out of the 12 workshop sessions and qualify for an internship

Experience exciting workshops in various areas of Chemistry and Polymer Technologies


Meet internationally renowned faculty, researchers and experts and take advantage of their expertise for your pre-academic paper or Diploma degree thesis


Complete a summer internship at a company in Upper Austria or at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz


Learn about academic degree programs andf professions - the best way to help you decide what to pursue after graduation

NEW! We can provide academic support for your Pre-Academic Paper or Diploma degree thesis!

Are you looking for a topic for your final paper? Or do you need help conducting research for your paper?
As part of the JKU Young Polymer Scientists Program we can offer the following support services:

  • Professional advising by experts at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz
  • Access to special literature and materials at our libraries
  • Use of scientific equipment for lab experiments (by appointment)

What Kind of Workshops and Classes Can I Take?

The program aims to provide a bit of insight into the multi-faceted field of Polymer Engineering Technologies. There are 12 workshops and participants should complete all of them. Each workshop begins with a presentation explaining the fundamentals and then continues with a hands-on section where participants can "learn by doing".




November 23, 2017

5:00- approx. 7:00 PM

Kick-Off Meeting and Company Partner Fair in HS 16, JKU Management Center

March 2, 2018



March 9, 2018



March 16, 2018



March 23, 2018



April 13, 2018



April 20, 2018



April 27, 2018



May 4, 2018



May 18, 2018



May 25, 2018



Summer 2018


Summer Internship

October 2018

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Closing Ceremony and Presentation of Certificates

A tip for those especially interested in the program: The closing event for the 2016/2017 JKU Young Scientists program will take place on October 6, 2017. Come to the event! Learn more about the program first-hand and meet the professors. Participation is voluntary.

How to Apply for an Internship as part of the JKU Young Polymer Scientists Program

You can apply for a paid internship position at a company in Upper Austria or at an institute at the Johannes Kepler University Linz during the partner fair at the Kick-Off Meeting on November 23, 2017. The partner company and/or department heads at JKU institutes reserve the right to select interns from the pool of applicants. The internship will take place in the summer. You can only accept the internship once you have completed 10 out of the 12 workshops in the "JKU Young Polymer Scientists" program.

The following cooperation partners are available to you:


The Institute of Polymer Engineering Technologies focuses on the study, research and applications of physical, chemical and technical properties of plastics. See: for more information.


Located in Wels, the "Transfercenter für Kunststofftechnik GmbH" focuses on applied research and development in all areas of polymer engineering and technologies. See: for more information.


The plastics manufacturing company Borealis AG is the second largest producer of polyolefins and market leader in Europe for petrochemicals. The European Innovation Headquaters are located in Linz. See: for more information.


Additional cooperation partners will be listed shortly.

Who Can Take Part?

The JKU Young Polymer Scientists program has been designed for students in upper level classes at AHS and BHS schools who are interested in polymer technologies and chemistry and thinking of pursuing a degree or profession in this area. Students from other schools are also more than welcome to take part! We recommend that students from the 11th class level and up (7th class at an AHS school, 3rd class at a BHS school) take part.

How to Sign Up for the JKU oung Polymer Scientists Program

Detailed information is available below:

application/pdf2017/2018 Brochure: JKU Young Scientists Program (371KB, Brochure, German only)

Do You Still Have Questions?

Then contact

Institute of Polymer Science
Dr. Sabine Hild
Ph.: 0732 / 2468 7101
E-Mail: sabine.hild(/\t) or youngscientists(/\t)