Welcome to the Institute for Integrated Quality Design (IQD) !

Founded in October 2015, the IQD is a new interdisciplinary research and teaching institute bridging management and engineering by focusing at the intersection of Quality, Innovation and the Circular Economy.

You may find detailed information about the history, vision and research publications of the IQD, as well as an overview of our lectures via the menu bar at the top of this page. 

A quick overview of our most important contact information is provided in the box to the right. Please visit our team site for more detailed contact information of our staff members.

For visitors from abroad we recommend to follow our travel guide which can be downloaded here:

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Head of the Institute

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Erik G. Hansen


Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz


Science Park 3, 5. Floor, Room 521-2

Office times

07.30 am - 16.30 pm
Fr: 07.30 am - 12.00 pm

Phone number:

+43 732 2468 5521


News 11.02.2019

Vacancy at our institute

ProjektmitarbeiterIn mit Diplom/Master oder Doktorat/Ph.D.
im vollen Beschäftigungsausmaß
(befristete Einstellung bis 31.10.2021)

News 02.05.2019

Smarte Produkt-Service Systeme: Treiber für Qualität entlang des Produktlebenswegs.

Bericht aus dem FutureLAB an der Johannes Kepler Universität Linz

News 04.04.2019

Best Paper Award for Melanie Wiener

Melanie Wiener received the Best Paper Award 2018 of the journal "Creativity and Innovation Management" for her dissertation.

News 28.03.2019

How the JOHANNES KEPLER UNIVERSITY LINZ helps to launch a terrific business idea in Africa

True to its vision, the For-Profit Start-up named Mister Green Africa Ltd. should focus on the professional disposal and recycling of plastic waste in Kenya, and on bringing people to work on a regular basis. Expertise from Linz was obtained for this remarkable business idea: Keiran Smith and Karim Debabe finally found the missing links in Professor Reinhold Lang of the Institute for Polymer Materials and Testing and later in Professor Erik Hansen of the Institute for Integrated Quality Design (IQD), in order to score points in terms of material quality and, ultimately, marketability of the recycling products.

Social-oriented, professional circular economy  

"Our findings show that the informal recycling sector, properly and professionally designed, can go hand in hand with social and socio-economic improvements for the working people," explains Melanie Wiener. In order to successfully establish this model in other places, care and sustainability are required, so that the vision of a "model of a socially oriented circular economy", which combines the aspect of "people at the center" with state-of-the-art technology, is also fulfilled.

Read the whole article of the Kepler Tribune (by Dieter Hönig)

Professor Erik Hansen - winner of the Upper Austrian Achievement Award 2017

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Meet us at events!

Conferences and Seminars are a perfect opportunity to get in contact with our team. 

Integrated Quality Design Project

Students analyse the meaning of the concepts Smart Products, Materials Circularity, Products-as-a-Service, or Beyond Obsolescence, and how these trends affect corporate product development. Based on this, they develop a guideline of a new service ("Innovation Audit") on the respective innovation trend for our corporate partner Quality Austria.

Group photo