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February 2015

“The Future of Research” – Junior Researchers at the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences Present Their Research

On February 27, 2015, the second annual “Future of Research” evening took place at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. Junior researchers at the JKU were given an opportunity to present their innovative project ideas to a wide audience that included those affiliated with the JKU as well as people from the general public. Presentations were held by junior researchers in the fields in Chemistry, Polymer Engineering Technologies, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Mechatronics, and Physics.

On February 27, 2015, the second annual “Future of Research” evening took place at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. Junior researchers at the JKU were given an opportunity to present their innovative project ideas to a wide audience that included those affiliated with the JKU as well as people from the general public. Presentations were held by junior researchers in the fields in Chemistry, Polymer Engineering Technologies, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Mechatronics, and Physics.

2015 Girls’ Day JUNIOR: 34 Talented Young Visitors at the JKU

After last year’s huge success, Girls’ Day JUNIOR took place this year at the JKU for the fourth time, hosting elementary-age children from 3rd and 4th level classes. On February 24 and 25, over 1000 students (529 girls and 445 boys) attended workshops in engineering and natural sciences held at over 17 locations throughout Upper Austria. The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz took part in the Girls’ Day JUNIOR event at the Institute for Measurement Technology (Prof. Bernhard Zagar) and the Institute of Integrated Circuits (Prof. Timm Ostermann). Two 3rd grade classes from the VS 16 Jahnschule in Linz (27 children) and a 4th grade class from the VS 1 Stelzhamerschule in Linz (17 children) visited the JKU.

Photos: Credit JKU/Mittermair, free of charge
1_Prof. Zagar and children: Prof. Bernhard Zagar (2nd from right) with (from left) Jing Jing, Julia, Ayse and Ling from the VS 16 class at the Jahnschule Linz and their handmade electric motor.
2_Girls w/ Electric Motor: Jing Jing (l) and Ling from the VS 16 Jahnschule in Linz were impressed by Prof. Zagar's workshop (JKU Institute for Measurement Technology) and proudly present their handmade electric motors.
3_Electric Motor: 27 children who took part in the workshop "Wir bauen einen Elektromotor" made these small electric motors themselves.

3D Printing: JKU Study Explores the Possibilities and Limits of Technology

Everyone these days seem to be talking about 3D printing. There are remarkable reports about using additive manufacturing to print everything from artificial meat to artificial organs, leading to euphoric predictions about the potential of this new technology. But what can this new technology really do and how does its potential contradict public expectations? Innovative researchers Johannes Gartner, Daniela Maresch and Matthias Fink of IFI Institute for Innovation Management at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz presented this year’s IFI-JKU Report on the process of additive manufacturing.
 
See the press release below for detailed information. Photos free of charge, credit: JKU
 
Photo Printer: 3D-Print
Photo Fink: Prof. Matthias Fink

Java Software by Oracle includes JKU Expertise and Runs Worldwide on 3 Billion Devices

For the past 15 years, members at the JKU Institute for Systems Software under the direction of Prof. Hanspeter Mössenböck have been conducting research with the US technology group “Oracle” on new techniques in dynamic compilation (translating programs to binary code). Oracle is the driving force behind Java, a software platform found worldwide on over 3 billion devices – computers, mobile phones, control units (such as automobiles), etc.


Please see the press release below for detailed information.

Photo: Prof. Hanspeter Mössenböck, head of the Institute for Systems Software at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz
Credit: JKU, free of charge

Register Online Now to Enroll in Business Administration, Social Economics and Human Medicine

Prospective students wishing to enroll in a Bachelor’s degree program in either Business Administration, Social Economics or Human Medicine must register online in advance beginning March 2015. Register for enrollment in "Business Administration" and "Social Economics" online between March 1 to May 15, 2015 (www.jku.at/aufnahmeverfahren). Register for "Human Medicine" from March 2 – 31, 2015 (www.medizinstudieren.at).

Online Registration for Spots in the Medical and Dentistry Degree Program at Medical Universities in Vienna, Innsbruck, and Graz as well as at the Faculty of Medicine at the JKU Linz (Human Medicine) Starts March 2, 2015

Online registration for applicants to the Human Medicine or Dentistry degree program for the 2015/2016 academic year at medical universities in Vienna, Innsbruck, Graz and the Faculty of Medicine at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz begins on March 2, 2015. Prospective applicants have until March 31, 2015 to register online at www.medizinstudieren.at to take the entrance examination and also make an administrative fee payment of €110 at each medical university and/or faculty. The entrance examinations will take place on Friday, July 3, 2015.

LIMAK Ranks No. 1 in "Leadership & Strategy" for Executive Programs

The most recent issue of INDUSTRIEMAGAZIN contains the results from a survey of over 2000 executive managers in regards top quality executive education programs. The LIMAK Austrian Business School, a business school at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz offering seminars in the field of “Leadership & Strategy”, placed first.

Computer Calculates Substance Toxicity – JKU Wins at International Competition

Testing 10,000 chemical substances for potential toxicity can be an impossible task for the human brain but it is no challenge for Prof. Sepp Hochreiter and his team’s computer (Institute for Bioinformatics). Their “Deep Learning” methods solve these tasks better than anyone else and their methods even won the US National Institute of Health’s “Tox21 Challenge”.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photos free of charge, credit: JKU.

 
Photo Study of Molecules: Computer calculate's a molecule's potential toxicity
Photo Facial Recognition: Exact computer facial recognition using Deep Learning
Photo JKU Researchers: from left: Prof. Thomas Unterthiner, MSc, Sepp Hochreiter

Happy Anniversary to the "JKU Open Lab" – Two Years of Hands-On Research

The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz is committed to encouraging and inspiring young people to explore the fields of engineering and natural sciences. In support of the JKU’s goals and together with Borealis AG and Doris Hummer (Upper Austrian State Minister for Education, Science and Research, Women and Youth), the “JKU Open Lab” opened its doors in January 2013. Over a short time period, the Open Lab has become a huge success. Over 4,700 school students - close to 48% being girls (2, 439 to 2,262) - have tried their hand at becoming a junior researcher for a day. A big celebration was held to celebrate the "JKU Open Lab's" second anniverary.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photos free of charge, credit: JKU.

Photo Fire Show and Experiments: The "Magic Chemistry Show" by Fritz Struber and Christian Kaindl
Photo Visitors: Many school students took part in the celebrations

JKU Alumni Association "Kepler Society" Held Panel Discussion "Part-Time Careers – Career Opportunities for Women"

Successful work-life balance is a challenge, particularly for women as the vast majority of women are still mainly in charge of child care and child rearing. For many women, family obligations and a lack of family-friendly policies in the workplace can hinder any hope of having a real career. Earlier this month, experts accepted an invitation by the Kepler Society to take part in panel discussion at the JKU to talk about how women with family responsibilities can still pursue a career and what kinds of policies are needed to support successful work-life balance.

Source: JKU, free of charge

Caption: from left: Mag. Andrea Bauernberger-Kiesl, MMag. Elisabeth Krennhuber, Mag. Johannes Pracher, Mag. Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, Mag. Doris Hummer, Mag. Michaela Foißner-Riegler, Mag. Ulrike Steiner, Mag. Susanne Dickstein

Work and Family Life: Austrian Federal Minister for Youth & Family, Sophie Karmasin, Visits JKU’s Showcase Project

Is it possible to complete an academic degree without the conflict of work/studies and family obligations? The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz is committed to creating sustainable policies and practices in support of work-life balance. For years, the university has provided flexible child care services. This coming fall, the university will have its own crèche. On Monday, February 9, 2015, Sophie Karmasin (Austrian Federal Minister for Youth & Family) accepted an invitation by JKU Rector Richard Hagelauer and Doris Hummer (Upper Austrian State Minister for Education, Science and Research, Women and Youth) to visit the JKU’s child care center and was impressed by the staff and facilities.

  See press release below for detailed information. Photos free of charge, credit: JKU

Photo 1: Austrian Federal Minister Karmasin and Rector Hagelauer at the JKU’s child care facilities
Photo 2: from left: JKU Operations Manager Alexander Freischlager, Andrea Bauernberger-Kiesl (chairwoman of the JKU Working Group for Equal Opportunity), JKU Rector Richard Hagelauer, Sophie Karmasin (Austrian Federal Minister for Family and Youth), Margit Waid (head of the Dept. of Affirmative Action and Policies for Equal Opportunity).

Meinhard Lukas is the New Rector of the Johannes Kepler University of Linz

New leadership at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU): On February 9, 2015, the University Council elected Univ. Prof. Dr. Meinhard Lukas as the new Rector. Beginning October 2015, Prof. Dr. Lukas will succeed Richard Hagelauer, who has served as the Rector of the JKU since 2007.

Detailed information available in the press release below. Photo (from left) University Council Chairmain Heinrich Schaller, designated Rector-elect Meinhard Lukas) free of charge, photo credit: JKU. Additional photos available upon request.

"Women in Engineering": 2015 FIT Info Fair at the JKU

The 16th annual FIT Info Fair will take place at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz on February 9 & 10, 2015. High school students from the 9th class and up - as well as women interested in pursuing an academic degree in engineering or natural sciences - have an opportunity to learn more about technical degree programs at the JKU and the University of Applied Sciences for Health Professions in Upper Austria. Admission is free.

Photo free of charge, credit: JKU