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The life of an institute

Sorry, this page is currently not available in English. Below you will find the contents in German.

This the more personal part of our institute. You can get to know us a bit better and get a feeling for what to expect when you are thinking about to join the CTO-Team:

25th January, 2018: Let´s play a game
    Once again, it was time to start a teambuilding event. 3 months have passed since the last come together. Thus, Andreas exclaimed to a poker night at the institute. Before this event started at 18:00, all together attended the GÖCH-lecture by Dr. Thorsten Holtrichter-Rößmann about „Matching the challenging requirements for modern metal alkyl activators in polyolefin production – chemistry, industrial production and applications“.
    Afterwards the game was started and the playing time was set to a least 3 hours. While some of the colleagues were gambling and trying to keep their poker face, the rest provided sustenance. Pizza rolls were cooked and the evening was rounded off by a cosy get-together.
    Thank you Andi for organizing a very successful evening.


7th December, 2017: Welcome to our Institute Michael and Raphaela...
    Michael and Raphaela have already been at the Institute for some time before they officially introduced themselves to the team. The entire institute came together to celebrate the debut of our new colleagues with self-made Goulash and “Knöpfle” as side dish and homemade chocolate cake which was simultaneously a birthday cake for another colleague of us. After the meal we had a very joyful time with some drinks and we celebrated the birthday of Clara as well as our two new team members.
    Thank you both for your hospitality and the good food and once again welcome to the CTO!


21st November, 2017: Welcome Theresa and Lukas
    Our new colleagues have been at the institute for some time now and have come up with a small kick-off party. Since these little inaugural celebrations have become a tradition, the two new colleagues have come up with something new and served Bavarian veal sausages with pretzels and wheat beer for the meal. The unofficial Octoberfest ended with a little party late into the night.
    Thank you for the nice evening and have a nice time with us at the CTO institute.


24th October, 2017: Time to say goodbye...
    Our colleague Paul successfully celebrated his PhD graduation with us in May and we had the pleasure to keep him at the institute for a few more months. In October, however, it was finally over and Paul left the JKU and thus our institute as well. To see the whole situation with a laughing and a crying eye, he invited us to a farewell snack on the 24th of October. He provided us with delicacies such as various spreads, cheese and sausage slices, fresh bread, and delicious muffins.
    In addition to his new job, he became father in early October. To give him a little pleasure, we gave him a diaper cake, which has already been used up by now.
    Dear Paul, We wish you all the best for your new life section and look forward to see you again.


16th October, 2017: Teambuilding - Singstar evening
    Verena was so kind and organized a further teamevent for us. Therefore, we met at five o´clock in the afternoon and prepared the game console for our “Singstar” evening. In the meantime, Raphaela, who was responsible for the appropriate meal cooked “Käsknöpfle”- a dish from her homeland, with original “vorarlberger cheese”. Theresa, whose dad is a vintner, took care of the drinks for the evening and brought some must (Sturm) for us.
     After we finished the excellent dinner we were ready to play Singstar – a very popular karaoke game. From over 200 different songs could be selected and we had no problems to find cool songs to sing. Each of the singers showed their talents, they gave everything to entertain us and all together we really had a lot of fun. Thanks to all the people who organized the evening!


18th September, 2017: Congratulations DI Christoph
    On this day in the middle of September, our colleague Christoph Wallergraber finished his studies. After the final exam in the afternoon, which Christoph passed brilliantly without any problems, he invited us to a small celebration. He served different cold dishes and afterwards there were some very delicious homemade cakes for us. We celebrated the rest of the day and enjoyed the food as well as the drinks.
    Thank you Christoph for the invitation to your celebration and we wish you all the best for your plans in the future!


1st September, 2017: Finally finished
    August is just over and our colleague Klara got an opportunity quite early in the morning to do her final exam, which she passed with ease and therefore finished her studies. In order to acknowledge this success appropriately she already invited all of us as well as her family in the morning to join a delicious breakfast with sandwiches. For lunch, she then organised roast pork with sauerkraut and dumplings and as vegetarian alternative also mushroom goulash. She even spoiled us with a variation of homemade desserts.
    The celebration then lasted the remaining day and some funny games like “Singstar” sweetened the evening. Thanks again for your hospitality and congratulations for achieving this aim.


30th August, 2017: Institute excursion 2017, Klaus an der Phyrnbahn
    Our colleague Patricia organized this year´s excursion to the Klauser Stausee. Meeting point was at 845 am at the main station of Linz, from where we drove together to Klaus with the train. From there a small circular walk to the Schönberg was undertaken, whereby an unscheduled shortcut caused the nerves to flutter. Despite all the slide parties, the hike ended unharmed in the "Gasthaus Seeblick", which is located directly at the Klauser Stausee. There two motorized floating barbecue islands waited for us. In the midst of sunshine and at hot temperatures, we floated along the river, grilled comfortably, beat our bellies full and cooled us in not really warm water. After an unexpected engine damage of one of the boats, we were taken to the inn from the passing floating "Almhütte" and we were able to start the journey home by train at 18:00.
    The evening found a relaxed ending at the "Schindler´s Heuriger" in Linz.
    We want to thank Patricia for this great trip and remember her to check out the trail next time before inviting people ;).


29th of August, 2017: ICP/CTO Barbecue
     Together with the Institute for Chemistry of Polymers (ICP), a large barbecue and come together was organized. Location for this event was the LUI-Gastgarten and the weather was perfect for a leisurely afternoon. Collectively, in advance, delicious dishes such as salads, vegetable skewer, tzatziki and various sauces were prepared. Our pitmasters Gunnar and Wolfgang took care of the meat and sausages on the grill and cooked an excellent meal for us. After we had then fully hit our bellies with a few pastries, a comfortable sit together round has been started.
    We thank the ICP for this event and hope to repeat it next year.


25th of July, 2017: Special treats
    Back in the days before our dear colleague Stephan started to study chemistry he worked as a chef and thereby he served many people with delicious dishes. Lucky for us he still likes to cook and every now and then he takes the opportunity to spoil us with very well tasting food. This time he literally spent a whole day working in the kitchen to prepare roast pork with bread dumpling filling, polenta and also some vegetables as side dishes. In the afternoon, everything was ready to eat and even though there were some doubts concerning the big amount of food, not very much of it remained.
    Thank you very much for your efforts and for preparing such a delicious meal for us.


12th of July, 2017: Welcome to our institute
    It was again time to welcome our new colleagues Adlet and Mirsime to our institute. For this reason, the "novices" organized a small celebration. We were provided with delicacies such as stilts and barbecue chicken and we drank a toast to them with one or the other beer. For the entertainment, our beloved parlor play Codenames was played. Later on, the party was moved to the Easy Bar, which is located in the old town of Linz. There the evening found a cozy ending with tasty cocktails.
    Thank you for the nice evening and have a nice time with us at the CTO institute.


11th of July, 2017: We proudly present our brewery: Platz für Bier
    Finally, the day has come when the long-striving project - the opening of our own institute brewery - has been transformed into reality. It is called “Platz für Bier- Juice of Knowledge and Understanding“.
    After many weeks of planning, preparations and construction work, the opening by Prof. Paulik was celebrated on 11th July 2017. At the opening ceremony, we enjoyed a typical Austrian snack: lard bread with, what else could it be: beer! On this day the production of our first brew started immediately. It is an amber ale simply called: “1. Sud”. In 6 weeks at the latest, we can sample our hand crafted creation. We are very excited about this and we look forward to further advance our biotechnological knowledge of brewing beer.
    A special thanks to our technician, Karl Schütz, who always stands by us with his craftsmanship, and to Andi and Gottfried, who will help us design excellent beer with their already expert knowledge of brewing beer. Prost!


22th of June, 2017: Hot grill fun, sausages and beer
    Once again, it was time for the whole institute to come together and our teambuilding-appointee Andi organized “Teambuilding 6.0”. Since the weather with 30°C played perfectly, a barbecue was planned in the LUI-Gastgarten at 16:30pm. Although food self-sufficiency was the idea, sauces, vegetable pies, salads and side dishes were prepared together. As with every event there was plenty of food and our pitmaster Gunnar did an excellent job of serving us delicious meals.
    After everyone had their belly fully beaten, a few beers were consumed and this was when teambuilding started and we let the evening fade out.
    After 6 months have passed since our beer and sausage contest, it is now perhaps time to dare Paul and win the coveted trophy.


9th of June, 2017: ÖH TNF Dekathlon
    On the 9th of June a new event took place at the JKU Linz - the ÖH TNF Dekathlon. Therefore, 20 teams of 6 people were fighting against each other at the campus for the coveted crown of the TNF. The 10 challenges, which were respectively assigned to the fields of study of TNF, could only be achieved with teamwork, technical understanding and athletic skill.
    Our institute was represented by the team "CTO-hedgehogs" which included the members: Andrea, Patricia, Thomas, Stefan, Gerold and Sara. Due to an elegant Gerold flying like an elf, a plastic tube thrown by muscular Patricia and a great team performance they were able to win the second place of the competition.
    Although especially the PhD-riddle was responsible for grey hairs of the team members, they hope that they are able to successfully defend the good place next year.


6th of June, Welcome Verena and Gottfried
    Once again, it was time for our “new” master students Verena and Gottfried at the CTO-institute to organize a so-called “Einstein-Feier”, which constitute a come together of all staff members.
    They organized two variations of meat cheese with lots of side dishes, beverages and catered for good vibes. There remained enough of food, so that the next day also an excellent lunch was available. Thank you very much for your efforts and welcome to the club ;).


11th of May, 2017: They grow up so fast...
    It is just a few (cat) years back when Paul joined the CTO-team for his master-thesis. He then chose to continue doing 0.5 L experiments on the reactor system he started with, extended and was very commited to. In these years past he booked many private and public achievements. By sucessfully passing the defence he can now remove "aquire PhD" from his checklist: "to be done". Doing so we sincerly congratulate to this special success.
      The remaining day we celebrated together. We got served snacks, antipasti, cold cuts, tasty cakes, plenty beverages a.s.o.. Thank you for the hospitality, staying true to your values and being what some may call a friend, all those years.


4th of May, 2017: New kids on the bloxxx...
    We proudly introduce "Teambuilding 4.0, like in industry, new numbers are introduced once in a while, so do we for the digital era of teambuilding activities ;).
   On thursday we hosted the first internal CTO-Tetrismatch. In order to keep as many participants engaged we chose the match mode: double elimination. So we had two brackets and players still had the chance to win the match after one loss. All participants were assigned their opponents randomly. With rounds advancing the gamespeed was increased, so the finals were played at the highest speed available in multiplayermode. Due to decreased participants number golden tickets (free advance to round 2), were casted to two participants.
    The match held some surprises, we saw hot favorites dropping out unexpectedly early and underdogs fighting their way into the ranks. One could not hope for a better match, next time maybe with even more players. For those interested in the match plan, here you go: Match overview and statistics
   For the preceding culinary part, Stephan and Gunnar prepared Chili con Carne and a Mango-Creampie. After the "exhausting" matches we indulged ourselves in the more analogous entertainment of playing a board/cardgame: Codenames.
   Many thanks to all participants for making this event a successful one.


25th of April, 2017: Einstandsfeier...
     Stefan and Thomas started their master thesis already a month ago here at the CTO institute. Keeping up good old habits they arranged an "Einstandsfeier", meaning officially introducing themselves ;). Stefan and Thomas put much effort into this event, they served plenty of food and beverages and we literally ate on two days. The food they chose was splendid, selfmade potatoe spread, pork knuckles and lots of side dishes. Thank you on behalf of the CTO team for the hospitality and keeping up this tradition.


21th of April, 2017: CTO proudly presents Dr. Alexandra Eder
     Our colleague Alex finished her PhD and invited us to celebrate her marvellous achievement. She is not only an expert in the field of chemistry, especially in terms of coating properties of white goods, but also an extraordinary cook. She served us plenty of homemade Chilli con Carne, beverages and treats. Thank you for the nice meal and the good time we spent together.
Once more, Congratulations and we wish you all the best for your future!
Yours, the CTO-hedgehogs ;)


17th of March, 2017: DI Regina(ld)
     Already on the 10th Regina finished her studies in technical chemistry. She invited us and lots of friends to celebrate here last exam here in the "CTO halls". In course of that she spoiled us with a vast amount of spareribs, dessert and beverages. We had a comfortable time eating, chatting, summed up - celebrating together.
    Thank you again for your hospitality and congratulations on your achieved degree.


28th of February, 2017: Finishline
     Goal achieved, degree acquired. After being almost a year with us, Sara passed her final exam and spoiled us, fitting to the climax of fools time, with an opulent buffet. Many colleagues dressed appropriately and we celebrated the passed exam as well as carnevals last dance.
   We're happy to keep you in our ranks and we'll continue the good work, soon. Thank you.


24th of January, 2017: Einstein-feier
   Again, three made their "official" debut. Klara, Gerald and Gerold, started their master thesis at the CTO-institute and therefor arranged a small get-together. Endowed with cooking skills, they prepared selfmade spreads (potatoe, curd cheese variations), and meat & cheese plates with side dishes. As dessert they served home made dougnuts - the austrian version - by the way very good ones. Beverages and food was so plentiful, that we were far from finishing it all. Thank you, for the hospitality and keeping up this tradition.


20th of January, 2017: Congratulations to DIin Patricia Pappenreiter
Taking care of "Methanothermococcus Okinawensis" for months in the basement amongst the teammembers of the highpressure lab, Patricia today earned the Masters degree in technical chemistry.
   On the occasion of her passed final exam, together with her family and friends, we celebrated the remaining day, well supplied with roasted pork, beverages and cake. The CTO-group sincerly congratulates you on your achievement and thanks you for the hospitality. Since you stay with CTO doing your PhD-thesis we'll meet again ;).


21st December, 2016: Beer and Sausages
   The idea was born when we watched a cineastic highlight of Bud Spencer & Terence Hill: Watch out,' we're mad (Zwei wie Pech und Schwefel). In the movie they had a contest for a dune buggy by alternately eating sausages and drinking beer and we recreated this contest with slightly adopted rules. Many thanks to our teambuilding-appointee Andi for the organization and the creative basic rule set. Duly mentioned should be the trophy and its creator Patricia, she did the artwork and the artistic finalization.
   The price for the most consumptions including the boni for the regulars and powerplays went to Paul (66 points), followed by a very respectable 2nd place for Partricia, who scored (51 points) and fought bravely in the end. Third place and the third representative from the highpressure-lab with 42 points scored Gunnar.
   A repetition of this contest is planned in 6 months time, if someone wants to win the trophy and dares to challenge Paul.


22th November, 2016: Happy Birthday
     On occasion of the birthday of Prof. Schwarzinger, he and his wife invited the whole institute for a meal. It was kind of a farewell for Mrs. Schwarzinger, who reduced her working hours, as well. Thank you very much for the ample provisioning of drinks, snacks, cakes and bismarcks.

18th November, 2016: Teambuilding @ CTO 3.0
      On Friday afternoon, after work some of our collegues traveled to Salzburg. They decided to go for a walk through the wonderful historic center with its crowded narrow alleys, filled with smells of cinnamon, gingerbread, chestnuts and tourists. Intentionally they were looking for the original "Mozartkugel" made by the confiserie Fürst, but for unsearchable reasons they ended up at the Augustiner Braustübl Mülln. And this was when teambuilding started and they let the evening fade out. Cheers.


15th November, 2016: Perforatorgate...
    ...or how "mysteriously punched holes" benefit everyone. So, out of no reason Andi sponsored a nice late afternoon snack with different cheese and meat variations as well as pizza apetizers and home brewed beer after a long days work. We had the chance to taste his "austrian championship" awarded beers amongst the latest belgium, cream and imperial pale ales. As always a pleasure with tastefully furnished advances and surprises. Thank you for the nice evening and may all voids vanish.