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February 2014

European Research Project Aims to Optimize and Improve Performance in Genetic Calculations

In cooperation with international scientists and researchers from Germany, Austria, and Spain, the European project titled “Mr.SymBioMath” - and endowed with € 2.6 million Euros in funding - aims to explore how to quickly and efficiently process enormous amounts of data generated by modern genome sequencing. This would allow for the early detection of any adverse reactions and allergies when using certain drugs.

Photo: Project start in Torremolinos, Spain on February 11, 2013, © RISC Software GmbH, photo free of charge.

Austria Lifts Off – Catching a Ride in to Space

Austria’s space age has finally begun: on February 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM, the first two small Austrian-made satellites will be launched in to space. In addition to technical difficulties, project initiators faced a completely different set of problems as until recently, Austria had no space law. Prof. Sigmar Stadlmeier (Institute for International Law, JKU) was instrumental in defining the legal framework for Austrian space research.

application/pdfPress Release: Space Treaties (137KB, German only)

JKU Researchers Create Materials for High-Tech Research

Mention the word “technology” and modern machinery, computers, and other high-tech equipment springs to mind. In order to function reliably, they naturally depend on being made of the right materials. But what materials are best suited for which applications? Dr. Ivo Nischang (Institute of Polymer Chemistry, Johannes Kepler Universität (JKU) Linz) has been focusing on this field and for the first time he has linked research of basic material properties to the practical application of equipment, generating an input-output schematic. His work has led to an invitation as a “keynote speaker” at the 2013 HPLC Symposium in June.

JKU & Univ of Budweis: First Graduates of the Joint Master’s Degree Program

At a graduation ceremony to be held on March 1 in České Budějovice (Budweis), the first two graduates of the cross-border joint Master’s degree program in Biological Chemistry will be presented with their diplomas. Radka Hobizalová and Adriana Walnerová have both successfully completed the challenging joint degree program with honors in just five semesters, the minimal amount of time to complete the program.

Stronger Ties between the JKU and the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi

The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz and the Petroleum Institute (PI) recently signed a cooperation agreement in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Michael Spindelegger, Vice Chancellor and Austrian Foreign Minister, was present at the signing ceremony. The agreement will serve to continue fostering many years of strong collaboration efforts and relations between both institutions.

"Women in Technology": 2013 FIT Information Fair 2013 at the JKU

For the 14th year in a row, the FIT “Women in Engineering and Technology” Information Fair will take place at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) in Linz from February 11 - 12, 2013. The Information Fair is aimed at female school students in upper level high school classes as well as all women interested in learning more about the various academic degree programs available in the fields of engineering and natural sciences at the JKU and at the Universities of Applied Sciences in Upper Austria. Participation is free.

Prince Mired Raad Al Hussein of Jordan Visits the JKU

At the end of January, a member of the Jordanian Royal Family visited the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz. His Royal Highness Prince Mired Raad Al Hussein visited the Johannes Kepler University as part of an invitation to Austria extended by the company Backaldrin. The prince is also a special ambassador for the Ottawa Convention which prohibits the use of anti-personnel mines and he gave a presentation to students on the topic.

Academic Assessment Testing at the JKU for Graduating High School Students

Recent high school graduates who intend to pursue an academic degree at a university may have trouble selecting a major. This can result in a high drop-out rate and wasting precious time trying to find the right program. Since 1991, the Office of Academic Advising at the Institute for Pedagogy and Psychology has offered assessment testing at the JKU for students in their last year of secondary school. This semester, assessment testing will be held from February 11 – 14, 2013 and will provide information on the various degree programs offered at the JKU.

Photos free of charge, credit: JKU