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January 27: JKU SciBar: 96 Days of Campus Life in the City Center

The JKU SciBar will close on January 31, marking the end of a very successful project that brought campus life at the JKU live to the city center. Since opening at the end of October, over 10,000 guests have enjoyed the JKU SciBar. Rector Meinhard Lukas is pleased with the bar’s success and remarked, “Our pop-up experiment was designed to be a unique combination of innovation and information. The project has been more successful than expected.”

Photo 1 - Copyright: JKU/Atzmüller

Photo 2 and 3 - Copyright: Good Life Crew/Lipiarski

Images free of charge

January 25: Difficult Choices Made Easier: Assessment Testing in February at the JKU

The Office of Academic Advising at the Institute for Education & Psychology at the Johannes Kepler University is once again inviting soon-to-be high school graduates in Upper Austria to take part in a unique assessment testing program. The assessment testing program has been conducted annually since 1991 and includes a questionnaire on personality types as well as questions to determine if a student’s preferred area of study truly concurs with his/her interests.

Photo: JKU/Farthofer; image free of charge

January 23: Basic Research: First Ever 3D Plastic Film

Scientists at the Johannes Kepler University are working on ground-breaking research to boost the usability of the 3D scanners and cameras we use every day. Researchers at the Institute for Computer Graphics have developed a new, transparent plastic film sensor that is 0.3 millimeters in size. Univ. Prof. Oliver Bimber, head of the Institute for Computer Graphics at the JKU, explains, “The film is flexible and can take on any shape and size, making it easier to use on a daily basis.”

Image (f.l.): Object enclosed by a film sensor which collects the reflected light; the 256 calculated perspectives resulting from light measurement in various shades; the form and depth reconstructed from shading views

Copyright: JKU; image free of charge

January 21: With Spirit and Rhythm: The JKU Held Its Anniversary Ball

Over 2,500 guests celebrated the Johannes Kepler University's 50th anniversary by attending the JKU Ball at the Brucknerhaus in Linz. Alumni, students, faculty and staff, friends of the JKU as well as distinguished guests from government offices, the local business community, academia, and the media enjoyed an evening celebrating the university's anniversary.

Photo 1 (f.l.): VR Alexander Egyed, VR Barbara Romauer, Rector Meinhard Lukas, VR Brigitte Hütter and VR Andreas Janko

Photo 2 (f.l.): Mayor Klaus Luger, Governor Josef Pühringer, Astrid & Meinhard Lukas

Photo 3: Sopranos Ilia Vierlinger and Sigurd Hennemann take guests on a musical journey back in time

Photo 4: Electric atmosphere at the Brucknerhaus in Linz

Copyright: Cityfoto/Rahmanovic; images free of charge

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January 20: Over 300 Guests at the Kepler Society's New Year's Reception

Over 300 alumni accepted the Kepler Society's (KS) invitation to the annual New Year's Reception. Guests included the Rector of the Johannes Kepler University, Meinhard Lukas, and KS President Gerhard Stürmer as well as many distinguished guests from government offices and the local business community.

Photo 01: f.l.: KS GF Mag. Johannes Pracher, KS President Dr. Gerhard Stürmer, Vice Mayor Bernhard Baier, head of the OÖ Hilfswerk Viktoria Tischler, ÖVP Chairmain Linz Martin Hajart

Photo 02: f.l.: Deputy Gov. Thomas Stelzer, WKÖ VP Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, Mayor Klaus Luger, AKOÖ Director Josef Moser

Photo 03: f.l.: VP WK Upper Austria Clemens Malina-Altzinger, 2nd State Parliament President Adalbert Cramer, President IV Axel Greiner

Photo 04: f.l.: JKU Rector Univ. Prof. Meinhard Lukas, former Rector em. o.Univ. Prof. Dr. iur Johannes Hengstschläger, Dr. iur. Peter Koits, em. o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. iur Peter Apathy, Dr. iur Georg Simader

Photo credit: Kepler Society; images free of charge

January 19: JKU Thrilled to Receive Funding for JKU Campus Enhancement

Together with BIG, Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner announced a set construction program for the universities: The JKU will receive 26 million Euros for its campus enhancement program.

January 17: Space to Celebrate: Refurbished Uni-Center Opens at the JKU

As part of the JKU’s 50th anniversary celebrations, the Johannes Kepler University recently opened the newly remodeled Uni Center. The ceremony reestablished the new Uni Center’s official purposes: Space for meetings, conferences, graduation ceremonies, and other events and celebrations.

Group photo (f.l..): Architect Max Luger, Rector Meinhard Lukas, Mayor Klaus Luger, Gov. Josef Pühringer, pianist Maki Namekawa, CEO Hans-Peter Weiss (BIG) and General Director Josef Stockinger (Upper Austrian Insurance)

Copyright: JKU/Röbl; images free of charge

January 12: IMAS Study: "How Young Austrians Feel About Education - Motivation, Hurdles and Expectations"

To mark the JKU’s 50th anniversary, IMAS International conducted a demoscopic survey on the U31 Generation’s collective opinion regarding “education”. The face-to-face survey was conducted among Austrians ranging between 16 and 30 years old in age. Over 711 people were asked a series of questions regarding motivation and obstacles to education as well as what they expect from an educational institution.

Photo Talk am Teich (f.l.): DDr. Paul Eiselsberg, Research Director IMAS International, Deupty Gov. Mag. Thomas Stelzer and JKU Rektor Univ. Prof. Dr. Meinhard Lukas

Photo Talk am Teich_Group(f.l.): JKU Rektor Univ. Prof. Dr. Meinhard Lukas, Mag. Brigitte Hütter, VR for Human Resources, Diversity and IT, Deputy Gov. Mag. Thomas Stelzer and DDr. Paul Eiselsberg, Research Director IMAS International, with guests at the "Talk am Teich" series.

Copyright: JKU; image free of charge

January 11: Ethics in Medicine: Discussion Series Continues on January 25

After the successful start of the discussion series "Ethics in Medicine" in December, the Johannes Kepler University’s series continues on January 25. The second presentation in the series is titled "Medizin, Recht, Ethik auf der Intensivstation – Wo bleib’ ich" and will take place at the JKU – Life Science Park in Linz at 6:30 pm (no admission fee to attend).

Photo: JKU; image free of charge

January 2: Univ. Prof. Dr. Hans Irschik, head of the JKU Institute for Technical Mechanics , has been appointed Senate Chairman of the Christian Doppler Research Association (CDG).