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September 2015

Over 4,000 School Students Expected to Visit the 2015 SIM Study Fair

Once again, over 4,000 school students are expected to visit the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz campus during the 16th annual Studies Information Fair from September 23 -25 to learn more about educational opportunities in Upper Austrian after graduation. The event was officially opened by JKU Vice-Rector Friedrich Roithmayr and State Minister Doris Hummer.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photos free of charge, credit: JKU photo 1 from left: Vice-Rector Friedrich Roithmayr, State Minister Doris Hummer

"Invent a Chip" - The Best Computer Chips Created by School Students Recognized at the JKU

The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz aims to generate enthusiasm for technology among young people, especially in practice. Under the guidance of JKU experts, the "Invent a Chip" competition allows schools students to develop a computer chip themselves. The awards ceremony for the best projects took place on Thursday in the presence of Federal Minister Alois Stöger.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photos free of charge, credit: Roland Pelzl; Photo 1: All smiles among the winners; photo 2: from left: Minister of Technology Alois Stöger, Sparte MCU winner Michael Köfinger, Prof. Timm Ostermann, JKU Rector Richard Hagelauer. Additional photos available upon request.

The Big World of Small Things: New Electron Microscope at the JKU

At the end of the 16th century, the first optical microscope was only capable of magnifying objects up to nine times but it opened the doors to a whole new world. 400 years later, moder transmission electron microscopes (TEM) do not use light and can even make atoms visible to researchers. The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz now has a TEM microscope available to researchers on campus.

See the press release below for detailed information. Photo free of charge, credit: JKU. From left: DI Dr. Heiko Groiß (JKU Institute for Semiconductor and Solid State Physics), voestalpine Head of Research Franz Androsch, State Minister Doris Hummer, Prof. Kurt Hingerl (ZONA), JKU Rector Richard Hagelauer, Dr. Daniel Weselka (Austrian Federal Ministry for Sciences, Research and Economy), Prof. Ferdinand Hofer (TU Graz)

The Johannes Kepler University is a leader in technological research. The university is the birthplace of computer sciences in Austria. The JKU is also the cradle of business informatics and mechatronics. The JKU was already a leader in the development of Industry 3.0 standards in Austria. The now fourth industrial revolution (keyword: Industry 4.0) seeks to speed up digital production systems and see the progression of technology. If Upper Austria is to keep pace, it needs a strong campaign for the JKU.

Negotations for the university budget are coming up over the next few weeks. In lieu of this subject, Dr. Wolfgang Eder (CEO of the voestalpine and LIT Advisory Board Chairman), Mag. Angelika Sery-Froschauer (Vice-President WK OÖ), Dr. Joachim Haindl-Grutsch (head of the Industrial Association of Upper Austria), and Univ. Prof. Dr. Meinhard Lukas (JKU Rector-elect) spoke about their clear position on the topic.

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

Photo 1 from l: Dr. Joachim Haindl-Grutsch (GF IV), Mag. Angelika Sery-Froschauer (Vice President WK OÖ), Univ.Prof. Meinhard Lukas (JKU Rector-elect), Dr. Wolfgang Eder (CEO voestalpine and LIT Advisory Board Chairman)

Photo 2 from l: Dr. Wolfgang Eder (CEO voestalpine and LIT Advisory Board Chairman), Univ. Prof. Meinhard Lukas (JKU Rector-elect), Mag. Angelika Sery-Froschauer (Vice-President WK OÖ), Dr. Joachim Haindl-Grutsch (GF IV)

Combining Child-Care and a Career: The JKU Opens a University Créche

On October 1, 2015, the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz opened the doors to its own créche. This provides additional, flexible childcare services for the very young.

Photo credit: Land OÖ/Schauer, from left: JKU Rector-elect Meinhard Lukas, State Minister Doris Hummer, Hilfswerk OÖ Director Viktoria Tischler, Johann Bacher (JKU Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Business), head of the JKU Family Services Office Christine Hiebl, JKU Rector Richard Hagelauer

Girls on the Ball: "WE Can Play Football Too"

Die Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz is breaking new ground in gender equality with the "WE Can Play Soccer Too!" program. The program encourages young girls to play football and through targeted workshops, educators are taught gender-sensitive ways to teach while also learning how sports can generate more confidence in girls.

Photo credit: Land OÖ/Schauer; photo soccer: back row from right: JKU Rector-elect Meinhard Lukas, State Minister Doris Hummer, head of the JKU Family Services office Christine Hiebl, two playes from the Upper Austrian women's soccer center (FFZ OÖ), JKU Rector Richard Hagelauer with supervisors and other FFZ OÖ players.

Prof. Schneider Once Again Named Austria's Most Influential Economist

Last year, Prof. Friedrich Schneider (Institute for Economics, Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz) was voted by newspapers such as „Die Presse“, „Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung“ and „Neue Züricher Zeitung“ as the "most influential economist of the year". This year's newly published ranking once again places him at the top.

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