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June 2015

JKU Goes Danube: New Corporate Design and Communication Strategy

Developed together with a creative team at Jung von Matt, the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz is introducing its new logo as well as plans in support of new communications strategy.

See the press release below for more information:

application/pdf150615_JKU_PressText_Campaign (922KB, German only)

New Study Zone Area Opens Next to the JKU’s Largest Lecture Hall

The new study and learning area near HS 1 (Raiffeisen-Saal) opened on June 25, 2015, at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz faster than planned. The project was an initiative by the JKU Austrian Student Union and received support by “Campusland Oberösterreich” and State Minister Mag. Doris Hummer. The renovation costs of €80,000 were shared equally by the JKU and “Campusland Oberösterreich”.

Photos: credit JKU/Eder, free of charge

1_StudyZone:Campusland OÖ StudyZone Opening at HS 1 from left: JKU-Rector Richard Hagelauer, State Minister Doris Hummer, JKU Rector-elect Meinhard Lukas, ÖH JKU Chairman Michael Obrovsky and JKU Operations Manager Alexander Freischlager
2_ StudyZone: JKU Rector-elect Lukas (l) and State Minister Hummer (r) with students
3_ StudyZone: JKU Rector-elect Lukas (l) and State Minister Hummer (m) with students
4_ StudyZone: The newly designed Campusland OÖ Study Zone near the JKU’s largest lecture hall HS 1 (Raiffeisen-Saal)

New Location with Atmosphere: The JKU “TeichWerk”

In the beginning there was the pond and construction of the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz took place around the pond. Now, almost 50 years later, the JKU will add a new building in the middle of the pond: the floating JKU "TeichWerk". Plans were presented at a press conference on June 25, 2015.

The "TeichWerk" will be a completely different kind of place to meet, covering an area of approximately 400 m² and serving as a bar, coffee house, stage, think-tank and event location. The architects have been working on the plans since March and construction will take place during the summer. The grand opening is scheduled for the fall. Made possible by unprecedented support by the Upper Austrian government and Upper Austrian industries, the ingenious construction will be a symbol for outstanding technology at the university, supporting Upper Austria as a location of industry. The "JKU TeichWerk" will represent a new kind of campus culture.


No. 1 + 2: Model of the new JKU TeichWerk on the Uni pond
Credit: Illustration J.Pointner, free of charge

No. 3: Press conference presentation on June 25, 2015, about the new JKU TeichWerk on the Uni pond: from left: Michael Obrovsky (Chairman, ÖH JKU), Mag. Doris Hummer (Upper Austrian State Minister for Education, Science and Research, Women and Youth), Univ. Prof. Dr. Meinhard Lukas (JKU Rector-elect), Dr. Axel Greiner (President IV OÖ), DI Dr. Joachim Haindl-Grutsch (CEO IV OÖ), MMag. Max Luger (Luger & Maul Architekten)
No. 4: from left: Lukas, Greiner, Hummer, Luger, Haindl-Grutsch, Obrovsky
Photo credit: JKU/Eder, free of charge

New Post-Graduate Program "Real Estate Finance" begins in Fall 2015

The new post-graduate degree program in Real Estate Finance focuses on providing advanced academic education in a field that has received little attention in the past. The program will begin this coming fall at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz.

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

Photo 1: Prof. Helmut Pernsteiner, Institute for Corporate Finance
Photo 2: Prof. Günther Pöll, Institute of Economics

JKU Open Lab – Fun Chemistry Activities for Kids

How did the ancient Egyptians dye their clothes? Why does wood float while iron sinks but yet steel ships float on water? Young researchers can take part in classes - particularly the weekend and summer classes “Fun Chemistry” - at the JKU Open Lab and learn more about these topics.

5 Years of Polymer Engineering Technologies at the JKU - A Success Story

Studies in Polymer Engineering Technologies began at the JKU over five years ago, becoming an important pillar for the new Linz Institute of Technology (LIT). In the meantime, the program at the JKU has grown exponentially and now offers one of the widest ranges of academic degree programs in Polymer Engineering worldwide. Together with cooperation partners from the state government and local business and industrial community, Rector Richard Hagelauer held a press conference on June 10, 2015, to look back at the past five years of success and growth.

See the press conference materials below for more information.

1_Advisors: Five years of successful studies in Polymer Engineering Technologies at the JKU: from left: o.Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Reinhold W. Lang (head of the Institute for Polymer Materials, JKU), Dr. Alfred Stern (board member at BOREALIS AG), Dr. Gerhard Roiss (CEO & Chairmen of the Executive Board at OMV AG, formerly Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BOREALIS AG), Mag. Doris Hummer (Upper Austrian State Minister for Education, Science and Research), o.Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Richard Hagelauer (Rector, JKU), Dr. Peter Neumann (CEO of ENGEL HOLDING Ltd.), Dipl. Betriebsw. (DH) Axel Kühner (Management Board Chairman at GREINER HOLDING AG)
2_Podium:from left: Lang, Stern, Roiss, Hagelauer, Hummer, Kühner, Neumann
3_Conference: Press conference in the labs at the JKU Polymer Technology Center at the JKU Science Park II
Photo credit: JKU/Fotostudio Eder, Stempfer

JKU Establishes the Linz Institute of Technology (LIT)

At a press conference in front of the Landhaus in Linz on June 8, 2015, JKU Rector-elect Meinhard Lukas announced that the Linz Institute of Technology (LIT) will open its doors this fall. Rector-elect Lukas declared: "It is time to re-brand. The JKU’s technological expertise must go its own way but within a strong trademark. We are establishing an internationally oriented center for technological education and research. Companies and industries in Upper Austria will be strongly involved."

The JKU will provide the leadership for technological innovation and the new LIT center will become an international teaching and research center for product and production process research. In support, there will be an alliance between the university, Upper Austrian government, city of Linz, and the Upper Austrian Association of Industries and Business. Dr. Wolfgang Eder (chairman of worldsteel, CEO of voestalpine and IV OÖ Vice President) will chair the LIT advisory board.

See the press release below for detailed information.

Photo credit: Land OÖ/Kauder
Caption from left: KommR DI Günter Rübig, WK OÖ ‘Sparte Industrie’ Chairman and Chairman for the Upper Austrian Council for Research & Technology, o. Univ. Prof. Dr. Richard Hagelauer, JKU Rector, Mayor MMag. Klaus Luger, Univ. Prof. Dr. Meinhard Lukas, Dean and JKU Rector-elect, Dr. Josef Pühringer, Governor, Mag. Doris Hummer, Upper Austrian State Minister for Education, Science and Research, Women and Youth, Dr. Axel Greiner, IV OÖ President and DI Dr. Joachim Haindl-Grutsch, CEO IV OÖ

"Bike-to-Work" Month – The JKU Pedals its Way to 2nd Place in Upper Austria

Even the ancient Romans knew the old adage: "A healthy mind needs a healthy body"! The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz followed suit during "Bike-to-Work” month in May as countless JKU employees cycled their way to the lab or to the office, cycling to second place in Upper Austria.

See the press release below for more information. Photo free of charge, photo credit: JKU.

The New Young Science of Studying Old People: New CD Lab at the JKU

The aging population has far-reaching consequences, particularly in western Europe where the demographic changes impact areas such as health and the job market. This new Christian Doppler laboratory at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz - the 150th of its kind and unique in Austria - will academically explore changes in economic and health aspects. Funding for the CD lab comes primarily from the Austrian Ministry of Sciences, Research and Economy (BMWFW) with a budget of €2 million.

Photos: credit: JKU/Eder, free of charge


Photo No. 1: The two directors of the new Christian Doppler labs "Ageing, Health, and Job Market" with the Rector-elect and Vice Chancellor: from left Dean Univ. Prof. Dr. Meinhard Lukas (Rector-elect, JKU), Univ.Prof. Dr. Rudolf Winter-Ebmer (CD-Lab Director), Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner (Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Science, Research and Economy), Univ. Prof. Dr. Gerald Pruckner (CD-Lab Director)

Photo No. 2: JKU representatives with the Vice Chancellor and corporate partners of the new CD lab: from left Mag. Karl Lehner (CEO Upper Austrian Health and Hospitals-AG), Dr. Georg Reiser (Corporate Human Resources, voestalpine AG), Dr. Josef Stockinger (General Director of Upper Austrian Insurance), Prof. Meinhard Lukas (Rector-elect, JKU), Prof. Rudolf Winter-Ebmer (CD-Lab Director), Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner (Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister), Prof. Gerald Pruckner (CD-Lab Director), Univ. Prof. Dr. Reinhart Kögerler (President of the Christian Doppler Research Society), Mag. Eveline Pupeter (CEO Empori Telecom), Mag. Christian Forsterleitner (Vice-Mayor of the city of Linz), Hon. Prof. Dr. Felix Wallner (Director Upper Austrian Chamber of Doctors), Prim. Dr. Walter Aichinger (member of the Upper Austrian Parliament); not in photo: Prim. Prof. Dr. Franz Fellner (department head, Central Radiology, AKH Linz)