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April 2014

Success in Mechatronics: Award for “Touch Sensitive” Robots Made in Linz

Touch sensitive robots have long been the stuff of science fiction movies. An innovative new device developed at the Institute for Robotics (Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz) and the spin-off company FerRobotics now give robots “a sense of touch”. The revolutionary “active contact flange” also placed third at the international euRobotics TechTransfer Awards.

2013 Houska Award: 3rd Place for JKU-Institute for Biophysics

At a gala ceremony on Thursday, April 25, the 2013 Houska Awards were presented to selected winners. The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz was among the award recipients: An excellent third place went to the Institute for Biophysics (department head: Dr. Andreas Ebener).

For detailed information, please see the press release below. Photo free of charge, credit: B&C Privatstiftung.

In photo from left:

Georg Bauthen (B&C Privatstiftung); Dr. Ernest Fantner (SCL Sensortech); Sabine Weich (Master's candidate at the Institute for Biophysics, Dept. of Applied Experimental Biophysics at the University of Applied Sciences in Wels): DI(FH) Dr. Michael Leitner (Center for Advanced Bioanalysis - Institute of Biophysics to the end of March); Assist.Prof. Andreas Ebner (Institute of Biophysics, Dept. of Applied Experimental Biophysics); Erich Hampel (Chairman B&C Privatstiftung) and Wolfgang Hofer (board member B&C Privatstiftung).

Drug Policy Disputes– JKU Experts Urge Objectivity

During recent hotly debated discussions on how to effectively dealing with drug problems in Austria, legal experts Prof. Richard Soyer and Assist.iur. Stefan Schumann (both from the Institute of Criminal Sciences at the Johannes Kepler Universität (JKU) Linz) urged objectivity. In 2012, both experts were involved in a large international study and published a paper titled “Illicit Drugs and Drug Offences – New Challenges and Development for European Criminal Law” (IDDO Report).

Academics and Their Careers - Presentation of the First Job Survey Among JKU Students and Alumni

Since the university was founded in 1966, over 30,000 students have successfully graduated from the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz. The university believes that keeping JKU alumni connected to the university is important and since 2000, the university has worked together closely with the KEPLER SOCIETY, JKU’s alumni association, by providing the KEPLER SOCIETY with personnel and a location on campus.

Photos (JKU, free of charge):
Photo 1: l to r. Florian Hippesroither, Friedrich Roithmayr and Gerhard Stürmer
Photo 2: l to r. Florian Hippesroither, Gerhard Stürmer and Friedrich Roithmayr

Presentation by Prof. Christine Volkmann at the 7th Karl Vodrazka Colloquium at the JKU

The 7th Karl Vodrazka Colloquium took place on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the JKU and the room was full to capacity. Over 100 guests were in attendance to hear Prof. Christine Volkmann's presentation titled: "Die unternehmerische Universität: Herausforderungen und Perspektiven". Please see the press release below for more information. Fotos free of charge, credit: JKU.

Photo 1: v.l.: Dekan Teodoro Cocca, Prof. Karl Vodrazka, Prof. Christine Volkmann, Prof. Norbert Kailer, Prof. Helmut Pernsteiner
Photo 2: Prof. Volkmann

JKU 2013 Wilhelm Macke Award Presented to Susanne Kreuzer

The JKU not only underscores the importance of outstanding academic achievement, but also on the successful delivery of complex material. Under the motto “Out of the Ivory Tower”, three finalists selected by the Wilhelm Macke Foundation held presentations on Thursday, April 4 in front of an audience of high school students. The students evaluated the presentations and voted for the best presentation. Susanne Kreuzer of Linz was declared the winner of the Wilhelm Macke Award. Photos free of charge, credit: JKU.

Photo 1: Approximately 300 high school students in HS 16

Photo 2: v.l.: Prof. Bauer, Franz Schöffl (Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich), DI Susanne Kreuzer

Photo 3: Prof. Helga Böhm, DI Klemens Gruber, Prof. Bauer, DI Susanne Kreuzer, Franz Schöffl, DI Klaus-Dieter Bauer

Photo 4: DI Susanne Kreuzer and her model

Full Steam Ahead: JKU Breakthrough in Solar Research

As our global energy needs continue to increase, they are expected to nearly double by 2100. Energy production not only endangers the environment, but also affects climate. Alternative energy sources cannot provide us with enough energy to cover our needs and modern solar cells only harness 20% of the earth’s sunlight. This may change: research in Photovoltaics conducted at the Institute of Semi-Conductor and Solid State Physics (Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz) could break new ground.

application/pdfPress Release: Kreuzer (77KB, German only)

JKU Integration Institute among the “40 Most Globally Innovative Projects”

Equal opportunity not only applies to gender issues, but also to issues that affect persons with disabilities. The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz is committed to the rights of persons with disabilities and the university’s initiatives have been affirmed in the “2013 Zero Project Report”. Initiatives implemented by the Institute for Integrated Studies (JKU) have been named among the forty most globally innovative projects in support of assisting physically disabled persons.

Photo free of charge, credit: JKU. l to r: Maria Walter (World Future Council), Prof. Klaus Miesenberger (Institut Intregriert Studieren).