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October 2014

Two Sub Auspiciis Graduates at the JKU

On October 28, two young academics graduated from the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz under the auspices of the Austrian federal president and received their Ph.D. degrees in Natural and Technical Sciences. “Sub auspiciis praesidentis rei publicae” is one of the highest academic distinctions in Austria, a tradition that dates back to Imperial Austria. As Austrian president Heinz Fischer emphasized during the ceremony, “sub auspiciis” is an extraordinary distinction which is seldom awarded.

JKU Researchers Discover Intact Coloration of Preserved Jurassic Red Algae Fossils

A JKU research group led by geochemist Dr. Klaus Wolkenstein of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry has made a sensational discovery. In the course of their research, they discovered intact distinct pink coloration in fossil marine algae. These pigments are unique and bear no similarity to present day algal pigments.

Austrian Federal President Heinz Fischer on Campus to Personally Award Two JKU Graduates with the "Promotio sub auspiciis Praesidentis Austriae"

On October 28 Mag. Roswitha Hofer will graduate with a doctorate degree in Natural Sciences and DI (FH) Gerald Madlmayr will graduate with a doctorate degree in Technical Sciences under the auspices of the Austrian Federal President. They will be presented with the Federal President's Ring of Honor at this year's graduation ceremony. The tradition of "Promotio sub auspiciis Praesidentis rei publicae" is a special award dating back to Imperial times and is presented to graduates who have an outstanding academic record. Requirements include completing high school in Austria with no grade less than a 1, passing the school-leaving Matura examination with the top grade of "Excellent", completing all university courses with no grade less than a 1, thesis and/or dissertation awarded no grade less than a 1, completing studies in the recommended period of time and an outstanding conduct of life outside of the university.

Award in Washington D.C. for Dynamic Mathematical Software

GeoGebra, created by Univ.Prof. Dr. Markus Hohenwarter (Institute for Didactics in Mathematics), is an interactive, multi-platform mathematics educational software program designed for educational purposes at schools. GeoGebra is suitable for all age groups and works on all operating systems. GeoGebra has received numerous awards in Europe and in the USA and was recently awarded the NTLC (National Technology in Education) Award in Washington D.C. GeoGebra is free, available in over 50 languages and used by millions of teachers and students all over the world.

Organic Electronics: Not Only the Subject of Focus by Nobel Prize Winners, but also JKU Scientists

The Nobel Prize in physics was recently awarded to two physicists working on graphene, an organic material with a myriad of potential high-tech applications. It is no secret that organic (carbon-based) electronics are the future and today’s demand for high-quality 3-D television sets, rollable solar technology, flexible display screens, as well as organic laser and light-emitting diodes is higher than ever before. The JKU is jumping on the bandwagon. Research teams led by a.Univ.Prof. Dr. Helmut Sitter and Dr. Clemens Simbrunner of the Institute of Semiconductor and Solid State Physics are conducting base knowledge research with material solutions for cost effective, thin, light and flexible organic electronics.

“JKU Goes Gender – Careers for Women Academics and Scientists”

In the context of the performance agreement between the federal ministry and the management at the JKU, the JKU managed to procure approval to offer 20 additional post-doctorate positions to female academics and scientists under the program for the advancement of women. On October 14, the new post-doctorate candidates officially joined the JKU to continue their research and Federal Minister of Science and Research Dr. Beatrix Karl and Councilwoman Mag. Doris Hummer introduced the post-doctorate candidates at a welcome reception on October 14.

JKU Research on Particle Radiation is Internationally is Front and Center

Research in particle physics conducted by Enrico Fermi, one of the leading physicists of the 20th century, and other scientists is being successfully continued today by scientists at the JKU. A working group under a.Univ.Prof. Dr. Peter Bauer, team leader of the working group for Low Energy – Ionic Dispersion, and Dr. Daniel Primetzhofer have made great progress in the field by documenting the interaction of charged atoms (ions) with solid matter, clinching results in a scientific race going on for years ahead of other international research teams. These results can lead to significant advantages in the field of material research in the future and, for example, lead to the improvement of medical radiation therapy in the treatment of cancer or become a future source of energy in the field of nuclear fusion.

The JKU Academic Senate Sets the Course for Rector Richard Hagelauer’s Re-Election

Chairman Prof. Hans Irschik presided over the recent assembly of the Academic Senate at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) where the Senate exercised its option to automatically re-elect the current rector, Richard Hagelauer, without initiating an open call for bids. 25 out of 26 votes supported Prof. Hagelauer’s re-election for the next term of office from Fall 2011 to Fall 2015.

"JKU Goes Gender – Careers for Women Scientists and Academics“

In the context of the performance agreement between the federal ministry and the JKU, the JKU managed to procure approval to offer 20 additional post-doctorate positions to female academics and scientists under the program for the advancement of women. This week, the new post-docs will officially join the JKU to continue their research. On October 14, the new researchers will be welcomed at a reception “JKU Goes Gender – Careers for Academics and Scientists” and introduced by the Federal Minister Dr. Beatrix Karl and council woman Mag. Doris Hummer.

Grand Opening of the New JKU JURIDICUM Building, Press Conference on October 6, 2010


  • Dr. Beatrix Karl, Federal Minister for Science and Research,
  • o.Univ.Prof. Dr. Richard Hagelauer, Rector of the Johannes Kepler University (JKU),
  • Univ. Prof. Dr. Markus Achatz, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the JKU,
  • DI Christoph Stadlhuber, CEO of the Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft mbH (BIG)

Great Career Opportunities for Graduates of Technical Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry

In addition to the Bachelor’s degree program in Technical Chemistry, beginning this October the Johannes Kepler University (JKU Linz) will introduce three Master’s degree programs in Technical Chemistry, Industrial Engineering-Technical Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry, the latter offered in English. For an overview of the curriculum content as well as to learn more about potential career opportunities and professional fields for both technical and polymer chemists, an Information Session aimed at prospective students will take place at the JKU on October 8, 2010.