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August 2014

European Research Project ARTEMOS Makes Great Strides Forward in Mobile Communications Technology

A smartphone or tablet equipped with a single RF communication module capable of supporting many wireless standards over a large frequency ranges? What once seemed a long way off could soon become reality. Researchers from all over Europe have been involved in the “ARTEMOS” project for the past three years, searching for solutions to these and other technological challenges in mobile communications. Prof. Andreas Springer (head of the Institute of Communications Engineering and RF Systems at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz) was a part of the team.

What Do JKU Professors Actually Do During the Summer?

Professors at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz are not only excellent academics and scientists, they also give their all when it comes to their free time. Their hobbies are just as varied and exciting as the research they conduct at Upper Austria’s largest university. They all have one thing in common: the passion and enthusiasm with which they spend their recreational time. A few JKU professors gave us a peek into their summer holidays. See for yourself what they are up to!

How Much "World" was Actually a Part of WWI?

World War I is often still perceived by the public as a European war: Warring major European powers are at the forefront of our perception and public memory recalls fighting in Galicia, in Italy (on the Isonzo front) and the western front in France. Why, then, do we refer to a “world war”? How much of the “world” was actually involved in WWI? Is it considered a world war because the major European powers were most dominant? Do accounts in history books apply in that this European war did not become a true world war until US entry in 1917? Prof. Marcus Gräser, head of the Institute of Modern and Contemporary History, Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, provides interesting insight to these and other questions.

Mars and Justice – International Law and WWI

The first World War not only re-shaped Europe, but also affected and re-shaped many other areas, including international law. As more modern warfare was introduced, it quickly became clear that people were operationally ill-prepared for the conflict and international law and laws of war were not prepared to deal with this new kind of war. Prof. Sigmar Stadlmeier (head of the Institute for Public International Law and International Relations, JKU Linz) is familiar with the conditions that beset international law at this time.

  Photo by Prof. Stadlmeier free of charge, credit: JKU.

Worldwide Experts in Magnetic Bearing Technology Meet in Linz

Over 200 experts from around the world in the field of magnetic bearing technology are expected to attend the "International Symposium on Magnetic Bearings (ISMB)" at the Linz Center of Mechatronics (LCM) and at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz. The symposium has been held every two years since 1988 and has already taken place in Tokyo, Zurich, and Cambridge. For the first time, the symposium is being held in Austria this year.

Photo free of charge, credit: JKU; l to r: Parliament President KommR Viktor Sigl, JKU Vice Rector for Research Gabriele Anderst-Kotsis, Prof. Wolfgang Amrhein (head of the Institute of Electronical Drives and Power Electronics)

Double the Amount of Summer Classes at the JKU in 2014

This summer, the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz will be offering 29 summer classes for students. This means an additional 15 more summer classes (+ 107 %) in comparison to last summer.

Detailed information available in the press release below.

Photos: Credit: JKU, free of charge

Caption: Austrian Student Union Chairman Michael Obrovsky (l) and Rector Richard Hagelauer are pleased to have been able to work together and double the amount of 2014 summer school classes for students at Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz.

Announcement of Medical School Entrance Examination Results at the JKU

The first medical school admission examination was held at the Johannes Kepler University Linz on July 4, 2014. Prospective applicants all vied for a spot in the new medical degree program at the new Medical Faculty in Linz. The results are in and will be officially announced on August 6.

Kepler Society Leadership Scholarships: Financial Support for Junior Managers

The Kepler Society – the Johannes Kepler University’s alumni association - and the LIMAK Austrian Business School have come together to jointly provide financial support for young junior managers to take part in special leadership programs designed to help carry out leadership responsibilities.

Global Economy, Global War – Why Events from 1914 Could Happen Today

Back in 1914, people believed the world to be an economically, globalized place and a long war could not happen. Four bloody years later, the people had learned a hard lesson. How did everyone get it wrong? And: in our closely connected world of today, would a long, large-scale war for economic reasons really be unthinkable, or are we wrong there as well? Prof. Roman Sandgruber, head of the Institute for Social and Economic History at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, provides information on the topic.

Pharmaceutical Research: JKU is a Leader in Predicting Drug Effectiveness

The development of new drugs and the clinical trial process can be a long and winding road. Clinical trials and studies on drug effectiveness and side effects are costly and time-consuming. In order to move trials to the virtual world, pharmaceutical researchers from Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a company of Johnson & Johnson, a leading Fortune 500 company) have been searching for a scientific partner.
Beating out research groups from Cambridge, Harvard and the Max Planck institutes, the contract was awarded to the Institute of Bioinformatics at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz.

Medical Faculty: Discussions with Medical Professionals

The Rectorate at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz invited medical professionals from the future Kepler University Clinical Hospital to three different evening information and discussion sessions at the JKU to talk about the current status of the Medical Faculty as well as about the faculty’s joint challenges and perspectives. Rector Richard Hagelauer and Prof. Meinhard Lukas (JKU Medical Faculty project manager) held a news conference on Friday, August 1, 2014 at the JKU to talk about the meetings and discussions with medical professionals. Detailed information available in the following press releases: