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July 2015

The work environment has never before changed as rapidly as it has today – and that can be a source of anxiety. Modern machines and robots are stronger, more accurate, and never get tired or ill. Does this “fourth industrial revolution” mean the end of the work environment as we know it? What measures are needed so that people can find their place in this new work environment? The Institute of Industrial Research and Labor Policy (IAA) at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz will take an in-depth look at the topic.

Uni Pond: The TeichWerk Venue Float Delivered

On Thursday, the float section for the new Teichwerk venue to be located atop the university pond was brought to the JKU from the Linz shipyards by special transport. A special 250-ton crane was used to lift the five individual sections from the loader into the pond. The Teichwerk venue, a symbol for technological expertise in support of Upper Austria as an academic and industrial location, is now taking concrete shape!

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

Additional photos available upon request.

Photo 1: Unloading a delivered component
Photo 2: from l: JKU Rector-elect Meinhard Lukas, Architecht Maximilian Luger
Photo 3: Special transport arrives on campus

Federal Minister Stöger Visits the KinderUni and the JKU Open Lab

Alois Stöger, Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, was at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz on Monday. He visited a KinderUni children’s workshop as well as the JKU Open Lab.

See the press release below for detailed information. photos free of charge, credit: JKU. Additional photos available upon request.

Photo 1: from l: JKU Rector-elect Dean Meinhard Lukas, Federal Minister Alois Stöger, Rector Richard Hagelauer, KinderUni OÖ Rector Andreas Kupfer

Photo 2: Visit to the JKU Open Lab

KinderUni Linz – Still Time to Sign Up!

The 12th annual 2015 Upper Austrian summer "KinderUni" program will take place in six lcoations: Linz, Steyr, Wels, Hagenberg, Almtal und Ennstal. Children between the ages of 5 - 16 can take a variety of classes ranging from conducting lab experiments at a lab, excursions, workshops, and lectures.
Over 2000 kids from Upper Austria will enjoy over 306 classes. There approximately 7,800 spots available.

Please see the press release below for detailed information. Photo credit: JKU.

Upper Austrian Economic Chamber Director Dr. Bremberger Appointed the 34th JKU Honorary Citizen

At an academic ceremony at the JKU on July 8, 2015, Dr. Walter Bremberger, MBA, (director of the Upper Austrian Economic Chamber) became an honorary citizen of the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz. The title of “JKU honorary citizen” is bestowed to those who have made outstanding contributions to the JKU. In the university’s nearly 50 year history, only 34 people have received this honor.

Photo:
Credit: JKU/Eder, free of chrage
Caption: Honorary Citizen Ceremony at the JKU for Dr. Bremberger:from left: University Senate Chairman Prof. Helmut Pernsteiner, Rector Richard Hagelauer, Director Dr. Walter Bremberger and Vice-Rector for International Affairs Prof. Friedrich Roithmayr

CEST Competence Centers to Open at the JKU

The CEST Competence Center for Electrochemical Surface Technology is headquartered in Wiener Neustadt and a new office will open in Upper Austria in the fall of 2015. The new office will be located in the TN Tower at the JKU. The CEST Competence Center acts as an innovation generator and active interface between academia and industry and has worked together successfully with the JKU and leading companies in Upper Austria for years. CEST is now expanding its R&D activities to Upper Austria and creating new cooperation efforts to enhance the value chain in Upper Austria.

Photo_Lab: from left: Prof. Achim Walter Hassel, head of the Institute for Chemical Technology and Inorganic Materials, Rector Richard Hagelauer, State Minister for Research Mag. Doris Hummer, DI Dr. Karl-Heinz Stellnberger, head of R&D Kaltband / Veredelung, voestalpine Stahl Ltd., Priv. Doz. Prof. (FH) DI Dr. Christoph Kleber and Mag.(FH) Alexander Balatka, head of CEST Competence Center for Electrochemical Surface Technologies Ltd

Photo_Press Conference:from left: Balatka, Kleber, Hummer, Hagelauer, Hassel, Stellnberger

Credit: Land OÖ/Liedl, free of charge

Fun with Robots: “Erlebe Technik 2015” Kicks Off with the First Set of Workshops

The closing event for the first module of “Erlebe Technik 2015” took place at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz on July 1. 96 school students from eight Upper Austrian schools eagerly took part and the robot competition provided an opportunity to show off their skills.

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

Vice-Rector Election for 2015 – 2019

In a meeting under the chairmanship of General Director Dr. Heinrich Schaller on Monday, July 6, 2015, the University Council at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz elected a new team of Vice-Rectors to serve in office from 2015-2019. The University Senate and University Council responded to the nominations submitted by Rector-elect Meinhard Lukas this past February.

Photos: Photo credit: JKU/Eder, free of charge

Rectorate Team: The newly elected team of Vice-Rectors at the JKU from 2015 to 2019: from left: Univ. Prof. Dr. Andreas Janko (Vice-Rector-elect for Teaching), Univ. Prof. Dr. Meinhard Lukas (Rector-elect), Univ. Prof. Dr. Dorothea Greiling (Vice-Rector-elect for Human Resources, IT and Gender Issues), Dr. Heinrich Schaller (University Council Chairman), Dr. Barbara Romauer (Vice-Rector for Finance), Univ. Prof. Dr. Andreas Ney (Vice-Rector-elect for Research), Prim. Univ. Prof. Dr. Petra Apfalter (Vice-Rector-elect for Medicine and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine)

Andreas Janko: Univ. Prof. Dr. Andreas Janko, Vice-Rector-elect for Teaching
Andreas Ney: Univ. Prof. Dr. Andreas Ney, Vice-Rector-elect for Research
Petra Apfalter: Prim. Univ. Prof. Dr. Petra Apfalter, ice-Rector-elect for Medicine and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
Barbara Romauer: Dr. Barbara Romauer, Vice-Rector for Finance
Dorothea Greiling: Univ. Prof. Dr.in Dorothea Greiling, Vice-Rector-elect for Human Resources, IT and Gender Issues
Meinhard Lukas: Univ. Prof. Dr. Meinhard Lukas, JKU Rector-elect

476 Applicants Take the JKU Medical Studies Entrance Examination

After a successful debut last year, the medical school entrance examination given by the Faculty of Medicine took place on July 3, 2015, at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz for the second time. 597 applicants applied for one of 60 spots in the program and 476 came on campus to take the written entrance examination. 283 women (60%) and 193 men (40 %) took the exam.

The JKU Beach Volleyball Team Advances to the University EM Quarterfinals

The frequent rain in Austria does not always allow for exciting beach volleyball tournaments however the weather conditions in June were perfect in Larnaca (Cyprus) for the European University Championship games. A team representing the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz took part and despite previous injuries, Michael Murauer and Florian Schnetzer advanced to the quarterfinals.

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

Photo from left: Michael Murauer, Günther Kaiserseder (Head of USI at theJKU), Florian Schnetzer