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April 2014

Governor Pühringer Presents Prof. Moos with the Silver Medal of Honor and the Cross of Honor

For 22 years - from 1976 bis 1998 - em. o. Univ.Prof. Reinhard Moos was a Professor of Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law (JKU Linz). On the occasion of his 80th birthday, the distinguished legal expert was honored at a ceremony held on Friday, April 27. Among the notable guests in attendance, surprise guests included former Bishop Maximilian Aichern and Governor Josef Pühringer.

1.4 Million Euros to Fund Physics Research at the JKU

Under the management of Professor Gunther Springholz (Institute for Semiconductor and Solid State Physics, JKU), research in the special field of IR-ON (Infrared Optical Nanostructures) is being conducted at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) together with a group of leading researchers at the Vienna University of Technology, the University of Vienna, the University of Jena. The project began in 2005 with funding provided by the Austrian Science Fund and has enjoyed great success. The Austrian Science Fund has now made an additional 1.4 million Euros of funding available to JKU in order to extend the project for an additional three years.

Photos free of charge, credit: JKU.
Photo 1: Prof. Springholz
Photo 2: Researchers in the JKU Cleanroom

Delegation of JKU Students at an International Conference in New York

At the beginning of April, the "Model United Nations Conference" took place in New York. MUN is an academic simulation that addresses global issues in a “real world” context. A delegation of students from the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz took part for the second time.

Photo by: Konstantin Reyer
Caption: JKU Delegation to MUN with Philipp-Lukas Leitner (head delegate), and Florian Hippesroither (head of the KEPLER SOCIETY) in New York City, New York, USA

Video Enhancement Compensating for AMD Helps Patients Recognize Faces and Facial Expressions When Watching TV

Over 125,000 people in Austria are currently affected by age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Older adults with this medical condition can suffer from partial or full vision loss in the center of the visual field. Computer scientists at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz have developed a system that help AMD patients view more complete images when watching television. The system helps affected individuals to, for example, better recognize faces and facial expressions.

Austrian President Fischer Honors JKU Doctoral Graduates

At a ceremony on April 18, Austrian President Heinz Fischer was on campus to honor three doctoral graduates at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz. DI (FH) Verena Geist, DI (FH) Stefan Mitsch and DI Thomas Würthinger graduated with doctorate degrees in Technical Sciences under the auspices of the Austrian federal president. The three graduates completed all classes and examinations during their schooling and at the university (Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, JKU) with “distinction”.

IBM CouldBurst Appliance at Hagenberg, Press Conference on April 17, 2012


  • Mag.Doris Hummer, Upper Austrian State Minister for Education, Science and Research, Women & Youth
  • Mag.Tatjana Oppitz, Managing Director IBM Austria
  • Mag. Christian Kudler, Branch Manager IBM Upper Austria
  • Univ.Prof. Dr. Erich Peter Klement, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & Natural Sciences, JKU
  • Univ.Prof. Dr. Bruno Buchberger, Founder and Head of the JKU Software Park Hagenberg

The Industry Foundation and the JKU Start Initiative to Boost its Strategy in International Management Studies, Press Conference on April 17, 2012


  • Univ.Prof. DDr. Herbert Kalb, Vice-Rector for Teaching at the JKU
  • Dean Univ.Prof. Dr. Teodoro D. Cocca, Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics, and Business (JKU)
  • Univ.Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Delmestri, Head of the Institute of Organization & Global Management Education
  • Dr. Manfred Asamer, CEO of Asamer Holding AG
  • Dr. Peter Untersperger, CEO of Lenzing AG
  • Dr. Erich Wiesner, MBA, Vice President of IV OÖ, head of WIEHAG Holding GmbH

Panel of School Students Select DI Dominik Göbl as the Winner of the JKU Wilhelm Macke Award

The JKU attaches great importance not only on outstanding academic achievement, but also on the successful delivery of subject material. Under the motto “Out of the Ivory Tower”, three current award recipients from the Wilhelm Macke Foundation held presentations on Thursday, April 12 in front of an audience of high school students. The students evaluated the presentations and the winner was presented with the Wilhelm Macke Award.

JKU Researchers Develop the World’s Lightest Solar Cells

Research cooperation between scientists at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and the University of Tokyo has led to a revolution in the area of flexible organic solar cells. Researchers have developed flexible, ultrathin and highly efficient cells. The results were recently published in the renowned scientific journal “Nature Communications”.

Number 1 in Austria: A “4 Cauldron” Rating for the Linz University Mensa

What guests at the university’s main cafeteria, the Mensa, have long known has now been officially confirmed: The Uni Mensa in Linz offers both top quality food and excellent service. Their consistent work and commitment was recently rewarded with the presentation of a four “cauldron” rating. The Linz university cafeteria scored a total of 19.06 points out of a possible 20 points, thus improving significantly over last year’s score. The “cauldron” can be compared to star ratings used in evaluating restaurants. In the category of Cafeterias and Canteens in Austria, the Mensa came in at Number 1.

Photos: free of charge, credit: JKU.

Photo 1: The Mensa Team is happy about the new "4 cauldron" rating

Photo 2: l to r: Alexander Schedl, Franz Schmidbauer, Alexander Brandstötter, Albert Kaißl, Peter van Melle