Our Vision & Mission is
■ to perform pre-competitive, science-driven academic research in the field of “Polymeric Materials & Sustainable Development” at a degree of high international recognition,
■ contribute to solutions aimed at addressing human society's greatest challenges, both
‘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)
Academic Education & Research: Main Responsibilities
Why does “education in science & technology” matter?
“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 academics.
In that sense, academic research projects are a means rather than an end, serving the prime purpose of personal professional growth and development.“
R. W. Lang, Inaugural Lecture at the JKU Linz (March 15, 2010)