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May 2014

The Dr. Hans Riegel Award and the “Young Scientist Awards” Presented to Outstanding School Students

At an awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 30, the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, the State Education Authority for Upper Austria, and Non-Profit Kaiserschild Private Foundation presented both the Dr. Hans Riegel Awards and the “Young Scientist Award” in recognition of outstanding academic work by local high school students.

Off to a Fast Start: JKU Among the 100 Best Young Universities in the World

The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz is Austria’s youngest university. A recent global ranking of the 100 best universities under the age of 50 by the British “Times Higher Education” placed the JKU among the top 50! The “The 100 under 50” category aims to identify the rising stars of the global academy and the JKU has ranked #41 as one of the best young universities.

Chamber of Labor, Federation of Austrian Industry and the University Fight for a Better School System

The best possible education for all: the Upper Austrian Chamber of Labor (AK OÖ), the Federation of Upper Austrian Industry (IV OÖ), and the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz joined forces two years ago in support of the “Initiative for a Better School System”. Together with representatives from the business community, science, schools, and labor unions, the project partners have created new educational goals for the 21st century.

Invitation to the Dr. Hans Riegel Awards Ceremony and the Young Scientist Award Ceremony at the JKU

Extraordinary accomplishments should be duly rewarded and together with the State Education Authority for Upper Austria and Non-Profit Kaiserschild Private Foundation, the Johannes Kepler University (JKU Linz) will present young talented school students with special awards. The awards recognize outstanding academic school work and have been designed to encourage school students to later pursue an academic degree. The JKU Linz would like to extend an invitation to attend the awards ceremony which will take place on Wednesday, May 30, 2012.

A New Home for the Institute for Biophysics at the JKU Life Science Center on Gruberstraße

The Institute of Biophysics has developed into one of the largest institutes at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz. During the past seven years alone, the number of institute members has more than doubled. Over 60 academics and scientists (24 of those doctoral candidates) conduct research on future-oriented topics in the fields of life sciences, base-knowledge medical research, and bio nanotechnologies. The new institute location on Gruberstraße now offers ample room to conduct innovative research.

Invitation to Inaugural Lectures by Prof. Iller and Prof. Gräser

Rector o.Univ.Prof. DI Dr. Richard Hagelauer (Johannes Kepler University Linz), and Dean Univ.Prof. Dr. Teodoro Cocca (Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Business) would like to extend an invitation to attend

inaugural lectures by Prof. Carola Iller and Prof. Marcus Gräser on June 4, 2012 at 4:00 PM, Rep. Rooms (JKU).

application/pdfPress Release: Inaugural Lectures (24KB, German only)

Invitation to the Press Conference and Grand Opening Ceremony of the New Location for the Institute of Biophysics on Gruberstraße in Linz

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Johannes Kepler University would like to extend an invitation on


Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at 1.15 PM
at the Institute for Biophysics
Gruberstraße 40, 4020 Linz, 4th Floor


to the press conference and following ceremony (2:00 PM) celebrating

the opening of the new location for the JKU Life Science Center Upper Austria

application/pdfInvitation (24KB, German only)

“Polymer Chemistry” Program Proves Successful– The Chemistry is Right!

The funded project “Polymer Chemistry” at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz is a true success story. In close cooperation with the local government and the local business community, over a short period of time this particular field of study has developed in leaps and bounds. Not only was a new institute created designed to focus on this future-oriented field, but in general, research in the field of Polymer Technologies at the JKU has been substantially intensified. At a symposium at the JKU on Monday, May 14, 2012, participants recapitulated on the program’s success.

Photos free of charge, credit: JKU. l to r.: Univ.Prof. Dr. Christian Paulik, Rector Richard Hagelauer, Dean Ericht Peter Klement, Mag. Anke Merkl-Rachbauer, LAbg. Mag. Bernhard Baier

Student vs. Facebook – Presentation by Max Schrems on the US Company’s Privacy Gaps

Facebook has created a completely new way of communicating and connecting globally. The new technology, however, also has a dark side. What happens to user posts and information – innocuous or personal – that appear on Facebook? The JKU would like to extend an invitation to a presentation by activist Max Schrems, an Austrian law student who has gained widespread media attention since launching a campaign aimed at forcing Facebook to abide by European data privacy laws.

Inaugural Lectures by Prof. Hingerl and Prof. Ney – Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences

With over 100 guests in attendance, Univ.Prof. DI Dr. Kurt Hingerl (Center of Surface and Nanoanalytics-ZONA) and Univ.Prof. Dr. Andreas Ney (Institute of Semi-Conductor and Solid State Physics) held their inaugural lectures in the Rep. Rooms at the Johannes Kepler University Linz on Monday, May 7, 2012.

Please read the press release for more information (German only). Photo free of charge, credit: JKU. L to r: Prof. Hans Irschik, Prof. Andreas Ney, Rector Richard Hagelauer, Dean Erich Peter Klement, Prof. Kurt Hingerl