March 17, 2017

IST Austria strengthens Austria‘s position as science base

In 2007, only a year after the founding of IST Austria, the European Research Council (ERC) was established by the EU as an initiative to fund excellent science in Europe. Chances to obtain one of its sought-after grants worth 1.5 to...

March 16, 2017

Álvaro Inglés Prieto receives Spanish Biophysical Society Prize

Álvaro Inglés Prieto was awarded this year’s AntalGenics – SBE-33 Prize. The executive council of the Spanish Biophysical Society (Sociedad de Biofísica de España, SBE) has selected him based on “his excellent work on the application of diverse biophysical methods...

March 14, 2017

Federal Minister Hans Jörg Schelling visits IST Austria

Last Thursday Hans Jörg Schelling, Federal Minister of Finance, paid a visit to the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) in Klosterneuburg, Lower Austria. IST Austria President Thomas Henzinger and Managing Director Georg Schneider welcomed him for a...

March 10, 2017

The success of IST Austria at the ERC

With a total of ten ERC (European Research Council) grants - the most prestigious science grants in Europe - awarded to its professors in the year 2016 alone, the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) looks back on exceptional...

February 27, 2017

Existence of a new quasiparticle demonstrated

How do molecules rotate in a solvent? Answering this question is a complicated task since the molecular rotation is perturbed by a very large number of surrounding atoms. For a long time, large-scale computer simulations have been the main approach to...

February 17, 2017

Physical basis of tissue coordination uncovered

The little striped zebrafish starts out as single big cell sitting on top of the yolk. During the next 3 days, cells divide and tissues move to give the fish its final shape. But how do tissues coordinate their often-complicated movements?...

February  2, 2017

Quantum phase transition observed for the first time

A group of scientists led by Johannes Fink from the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) reported the first experimental observation of a first-order phase transition in a dissipative quantum system. Phase transitions are something we often encounter in...

January 18, 2017

Scientists find sensor that makes synapses fast

Synapses, the connections between neurons, come in different flavors, depending on the chemical they use as transmitter. Signal transmitters, or neurotransmitters, are released at the synapse after calcium ions flow into the neuron. The type of synapses that use a signal transmitter called GABA – the GABAergic synapses – stand...

January 16, 2017

Funding acquired by IST Austria exceeds 100 million Euro

At the founding of IST Austria in 2006, 95 million Euro were put aside by the federal government as a conditional, performance-dependent budget that could only be secured if the Institute obtains the same amount in third-party funds by 2016. Few...

January 13, 2017

New system for forming memories

Until now, the hippocampus was considered the most important brain region for forming and recalling memory, with other regions only contributing as subordinates. But a study published today in Science finds that...