University of Vienna. Making a difference together with the economy.

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Academic research in the innovation cycle: Basic research conducted at the University of Vienna is a driving force for new developments in practice. The exchange with business results in new questions that can then be addressed by academics in research. Making a difference together with the economy.

 

Innovation through business cooperation

Academics of the University of Vienna collaborate with business partners as part of cooperation projects. In doing so, they contribute to the development of innovative products and services. Important funding bodies for cooperation projects with business partners are the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) or the EU with funding programmes such as Horizon 2020. In addition, the University of Vienna cooperates with a variety of partners in COMET Centers, including the Austrian Blockchain Center (ABC), the Know-Center – a research center for data-driven business – as well as the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology

Knowledge exchange in CD laboratories

Research groups that pursue basic research open to application cooperate with commercial partners to find innovative answers to current issues in specially established research units, the Christian Doppler laboratories. The University of Vienna currently operates six Christian Doppler laboratories at different faculties and centres, including the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics, the Faculty of Physics, the Centre for Molecular Biology and the Faculty of Chemistry.

Example

CD Laboratory led by Oliver Heckl

The CD Laboratory led by Oliver Heckl addresses new photonic technologies in the field of semiconductor optics and applied spectroscopy. Further information in the video (in German)

Technology transfer at the University of Vienna

The University of Vienna maintains a variety of research partnerships with enterprises to conduct research in different academic fields and to enable the transfer of know-how, academic findings and inventions. Therefore, the University contributes to the economic performance and it benefits from the funding acquired for its own research projects.


The University of Vienna’s Technology Transfer Office (TTO) provides support in negotiating research contracts with business partners and is involved in different technology transfer networks. The  Wissenstransferzentrum Ost (WTZ Ost, eastern centre for knowledge transfer in Austria)(in German) promotes the transfer of knowledge and technology: All nine universities located in Vienna as well as three universities of applied sciences located in Vienna and Lower Austria are involved in this project.

Getting started as an entrepreneur

The University of Vienna encourages its researchers to consider opportunities for commercialising technologies that they developed. In this context, the University of Vienna offers a wide range of services that provide support in getting started as an entrepreneur: Inits accompanies innovative start-ups by providing hands-on support. Its incubation programme provides assistance to founders in making their ideas a reality. u:start (in German), a service of the Alumni Association of the University of Vienna, offers an extensive range of training courses on self-employment and establishing a company for graduates and students of the University. 

Examples of successful start-ups associated with the University of Vienna include Weatherpark, Austria's leading company for urban climatology and wind research; Crystalline Mirror Solutions, the world's leading and award-winning manufacturer of high-precision optics; Gerhard Ecker's Phenaris GmbH, which develops software used for the early detection of side effects of new pharmaceuticals; as well as the start-up VitreaLab, which develops new display technologies based on the basic research conducted by Chiara Greganti and Jonas Zeuner at the Faculty of Physics. Click here for further start-ups associated with the University of Vienna.

Example

The "all i need" tea drink

Together with his business partner Alexander Jiresch, Thomas Miksits has already founded his second company producing the all i need tea drink. In an interview (in German), he explains how to succeed in supporting the producers of the raw materials in the countries of origin through fair trade and educational projects. For further success stories of alumni and alumnae and entrepreneurs, please see the dossier "Mein Business" (my business)(in German).

 News regarding the topic (mostly in German)

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Mein Business: "Wir waren die Ersten"

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Brian Reichholf studierte Molekulare Biologie an der Uni Wien und ist heute bei der Raiffeisenlandesbank. Im Interview erzählen er und sein Vorgesetzter Jochen Bonk, warum ein Naturwissenschafter gut ins Finanzwesen passt.

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Monika Henzinger

Audimax: Wie wirken Algorithmen?

"Ich liebe es, Algorithmen zu verstehen", sagt Monika Henzinger. Im Audimax-Gespräch erklärt sie die Grundlagen von Algorithmen, warum der Begriff einen schlechten Ruf hat und wieso man die Kerninformatik stärken muss.

11.12.2020 | [weiter]

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