Our Vision & Mission is to
■ to perform pre-competitive, science-driven academic research in the field of “Polymeric Materials & Sustainable Development” at a level of high international recognition,
■ thereby contributing to solutions for the grand challenges of human society, both
- directly, via research project results and their dissemination, and
- indirectly, by involving academic thesis research as a key element of a continuous academic school building effort in this field.
‘Sustainable Development & Technologies/Materials’
is primarily about performance enhancement and improved product services.
It is therefore driven by Innovation, aiming at more systems intelligence and more efficiency, less energy and less material use while simultaneously increasing the utilization of regenerative resources.
In a most general sense, it is the substitution of matter & energy by mind (i.e., knowledge, intelligence, attitude & consciousness).
R. W. Lang, Inaugural Lectures 1994 and 2010 (refined 2014)
A Main Responsibility of Academic Education & Research
Why “science & technology education” matters?
“The most distinguished academic responsibility in engineering disciplines is to serve the education and the development of qualified professionals for industry and science, for public positions, and - last but not least - the next generation of academicians.
In that sense, academic research projects are means rather than ends, serving the prime purpose of personal professional development.“
R. W. Lang, Inauguration Lecture at JKU Linz (March 15, 2010)