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October 2014

JKU Professor Re-Elected to the University Council at the TU Graz

The Academic Senate at the Graz University of Technology has re-elected computer scientist Prof. Dr. Hanspeter Mössenböck (Institute for Systems Software, Johannes Kepler University Linz) for an additional five-year term of office in the University Council to begin on March 1, 2013. Prof. Mössenböck is one of the three members elected directly by the Senate. An additional three members were delegated by the federal government upon nomination by the Federal Minister. In turn, these six individuals then elected a seventh member.

Grand Opening of the JKU Science Park - Building 3, Press Conference of October 23, 2012


  • o.Univ.Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Töchterle, Austrian Federal Minister for Science and Research
  • Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner, Austrian Federal Minister for Economy, Family & Youth
  • o.Univ.Prof. Dr. Richard Hagelauer, Rector, Johannes Kepler University (JKU)
  • DI Hans-Peter Weiss, CEo of Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft mbH (BIG)

“Catch Me If You Can” – Shoplifting Committed by Kids & Teens

Each year, approximately 445 million Euros “disappear” from Austria’s retail stores. It is a 0.97% loss which accounts for a fourth of profits. The statistics reveal that over half (56.8 %) of these thefts were committed by customers. A project under the Sparkling Science program paired school students from HAK Traun, HAK Perg and BRG Fadingerstraße Linz together with researchers from the JKU, FH Linz and FH Steyr. Together, the students and researchers closely explored the topic and also worked on developing preventative measures.

Download the press release below for more information. Photo Round Table Discussion from left: Peter Hroch (detective), Prof. Alois Birklbauer, Manfred Hirnschrodt (Police), Dr. Roman Seeliger (WKO).

OECD Study Confirms JKU Research: Additional Funding Needed for Socially Disadvantaged Schools

A recent OECD report titled “Education at a Glance” points to controversial developments in education. Schools considered plagued by difficult working conditions, including those where a large percentage of children stem from undereducated parents and/or are non-native German speakers, are finding it difficult to sufficiently fund their already disadvantaged students. JKU researchers at the Institute for Education and Psychology (Prof. Herbert Altrichter) at the Institute for Sociology (Prof. Johann Bacher) have been focusing on this field for a number of years and have devised a number of approaches.