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The Dr. Hans Riegel Awards

Are you in this year's Matura class and would like to submit your pre-academic/scientific paper (VWA) to a JKU-supported competition?

Send us your pre-academic/scientific paper for review and evaluation by a faculty member at the JKU and you could win up to € 600!

Together with the Kaiserschild Foundation, the JKU is proud to present the annual Dr. Hans Riegel Awards presented to the three top pre-academic/scientific papers submitted by students in the Matura class at a general secondary school (AHS) in Upper Austria in the subject areas of mathematics, chemistry (including polymer engineering), physics, computer sciences, or biology.


To enter the competition, send us your

  • pre-academic/scientific paper 1x hard copy AND 1x digital copy (sent online)
  • together with the information sheet
  • a statement issued by your supervising teacher
  • and the signed terms & conditions information sheet
  • Send online submissions by using the submission button: see the Info Box

Send your paper to us once by regular postal services and once online. Mail your paper using the address in the Info Box. The Info Box also contains the button to submit your paper and the forms online.


Download the required forms here:
(available in German only)



The Dr. Hans Riegel Awards

Send submissions to:

Johannes Kepler University Linz
University Communications
Attn: Bernadette Weinreich
Science Park 5, Rm. 329
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz

Submission deadline

April 30, 2024

You could win:

  • 1st Place: € 600.00
  • 2nd Place: € 400.00
  • 3rd Place: € 200.00

Awards for the schools of first place winners: The schools of first place winners can also each receive a voucher for a non-cash award worth € 250!

An official awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at the JKU's Circus of Knowledge.

Assessment Criteria and Submission Requirements

  • The selected topics degree of originality, aside from frequently discussed "standard topics"
  • Comprehensive, but also a degree of summarizing coverage of the selected topic
  • The clear use academic/scientific language
  • A clear, factual presentation without emotionizing the reader
  • The use of effective graphical and figurative depictions
  • Correct placing quotations and references
  • Clearly identifiable personal involvement and personal initiative in conducting scientific/academic research, finding sourses, personally conducting field studies or experiments

We accept the following:

  • Pre-scientific/academic paper by students in the 8th class at a general secondary school (AHS) in Upper Austria
  • Only papers written during the current school year in the subject areas of computer sciences, mathematics, chemistry (including polymer engineering), physics, or biology.

Submit the paper as follows:

  • in paper form (once),
  • and 1x online using the submission button in the Info Box (top right),
  • together with the information sheet, the terms & use, and a statement issued by your supervising teacher.

These forms are available above.
You can apply yourself!

Congratulations to this year's 2022/2023 winners:


  • 1st Place: Paul Hametner from the Europagymnasium Linz-Auhof: "Hilbert´s 17th Problem - Introduction, Proof and Generalisations"
  • 2nd Place: Hanna Pillichshammer from the BG Vöcklabruck: „Auszüge aus der Graphentheorie und ihre Berührungspunkte mit dem modernen Leben“
  • 3rd Place: Ulrich Viehböck from the Europagymnasium Linz-Auhof: „Mathematikkompetenzen von Jugendlichen nach einer von Corona-Maßnahmen geprägten AHS-Unterstufe“


  • 1st Place: Veronika Feichtinger from the BG/BRG Gmunden: „Verschränkung für Amateure und Profis“
  • 2nd Place: Paul Krupitz from the BG/BRG Bad Ischl: „Der mögliche Beitrag von Elektromobilität zur Reduktion der Schadstoffemissionen auf Basis aktueller Technologien“
  • 3rd Place: Kristin Zeilmayr from the Europagymnasium Linz-Auhof: „Kernfusion als Energiequelle: Derzeitiger Stand der Forschung und Zukunftsaussicht“


  • 1st Place: Nora Magdalena Weismann-Stolz from the BG/BRG Gmunden: „The Influence of Carbon on Mechanical and Physical Properties of Powder-Metallurgical Steels”
  • 2nd Place: Benjamin Aigner from the BRG Solar City: „"Grüner" Wasserstoff - Produktion und Verwendung“
  • 3rd Place: Jonas Auer from the BRG Schloss Wagrain: „Mikro- und Makroplastik im Nestbau verschiedener Vogelspezies“

Informatics/Computer Science

  • 1st Place: Oliver Kovacs from the BRG Steyr-Michaelerplatz: „CPU-accelerated real-time rendering of n-dimensional objects“
  • 2nd Place: Florian Nowitzki from the BRG Steyr-Michaelerplatz: „Augmented Reality zur Verletzungsprävention und Leistungssteigerung im American Football“
  • 3rd Place: Johanna Mijatovic from the BG/BRG Steyr-Werndlpark: „Video Games - The Positive Effects on the Human Mind”


  • 1st Place: Sarah Elisabeth Auer from the BG Vöcklabruck: „Auswirkungen von verschiedenen Musikrichtungen auf das Wohlbefinden und die Legeleistung von Hühnern“
  • 2nd Place: Sophie Elisa Aitzetmüller from the BG/BRG Gmunden: „Wer nicht hören kann, muss fühlen: Analyse der Musikwahrnehmung bei hochgradiger Schwerhörigkeit anhand des Beispiels Evelyn Glennie“
  • 3rd Place: Lena Vogl from the BRG Schloss Wagrain: „Algen als klimafreundliche Nahrungsmittel-Alternative - Sind Algen ein geeignetes Nahrungsmittel für die Zukunft?“

Here are the winners for the 2022/2023 academic year:

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