July 17, 2017

150 students from the Vienna Children’s University visit IST Austria

Participants of the first excursion of the Vienna Children’s University to IST Austria. Image credit: Kinderbüro/Joseph Krpelan Why is one ant different from another? How do animals adjust to different habitats like the desert, water, or the jungle, and why do...

June 29, 2017

Scientists find mechanism behind precise spinal cord development

As embryos grow and develop they need the right cell types to end up in the right places inside forming organs. This is particularly important in the spinal cord where different nerve cell types must be accurately positioned so that circuits...

June 29, 2017

Making Waves

Think about the last time you were at a lake, river, or the ocean. Remember the ripples of the water, the waves crashing against the rocks, the wake following a boat, the sun reflecting off the crests? Amazingly, the mathematical...

June 27, 2017

Ahead of the Curve

3D printers have been around since the 1980s, but we are still far from maximizing their potential. One active area of research and development is “self-actuating” objects: flat materials that transform themselves through material forces into the desired 3D object. Previously,...

June 23, 2017

Equipping form with function

Common toys such as steerable cars or waving wind-up figures are available as 3D-printable models, which also contain their mechanical components. However, these mechanical structures are optimized to fit exactly one particular shape of the toy. If designers want to reuse...

June 19, 2017

Eva Benková elected to EMBO

With over 70 publications and thousands of citations, it is no wonder that IST Austria Professor Eva Benková has been awarded a variety of distinctions, including a prestigious ERC grant. Now, her excellent work and impressive career in...

June 14, 2017

IST Austria celebrates 15 new PhD graduates

On Tuesday evening, IST Austria honored its newest PhD graduates for their work and contributions. The graduating class, which comprises 15 students, is the largest IST Austria has had so far, and the first to reach double-digits. The keynote speaker,...

June 13, 2017

A docking site per calcium channel cluster

In our brain, information is passed from one neuron to the next at a structure called synapse. At a chemical synapse, a chemical is released from the signal-sending neuron or presynaptic neuron. This neurotransmitter then crosses the synaptic cleft to...

June 12, 2017

Mathematician Zuzana Patáková receives Bolzano Prize

Zuzana Patáková received the Bolzano Prize for her paper on “Bounding Helly numbers via Betti numbers”. She is a mathematician who did her PhD studies at the Charles University in Prague, worked as a postdoc at the Hebrew University of...

June 12, 2017

Five DOC stipends for PhD students at IST Austria

Five PhD students at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) have been awarded DOC stipends by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) in this round of funding. This is a remarkable achievement, given the competitive selection process...