April 21, 2017

Same but different

Bacterial populations pose an intriguing puzzle: in so-called isogenic populations, all bacteria have the same genes, but they still behave differently, for example grow at different speeds. Researchers at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) now solved a...

April 20, 2017

Massive Support for “March for Science”

The “March for Science” will be held in numerous cities all over the world on April 22, 2017. This initiative, which started in the United States and has since spread, aims to send a strong message of support for freedom...

April 20, 2017

Evolution of Cooperation through Longer Memory

When we make a decision about whether or not to cooperate with someone, we usually base our decision on past experiences—how has this person behaved in the past?—and on future reciprocity—will they return the favor?—and weigh these against the possible...

April 13, 2017

IST Austria stands by CEU

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria opposes the new Hungarian legislation, which aims to bring the successful development of the Central European University in Budapest to an abrupt end. It...

April  7, 2017

ERC Advanced Grant for Jiři Friml

Two further ERC Advanced Grants have been awarded to professors at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria). In total, 33 projects at IST Austria are now funded by grants from the European Research Council. Jiři Friml, who studies...

April  7, 2017

ERC Advanced Grant for Carl-Philipp Heisenberg

With two newly awarded Advanced Grants, the total number of ERC-funded projects at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) has risen to 33. Biologist Carl-Philipp Heisenberg, who has made a name for himself with his discoveries in...

March 28, 2017

Friction shapes zebrafish embryos

A simple ball of cells is the starting point for humans – and zebrafish. At the end of embryonic development, however, a fish and a human look very different. The biochemical signals at play have been studied extensively. How mechanical forces...

March 23, 2017

Stress may protect – at least in bacteria

Antibiotics harm bacteria and stress them. Trimethoprim (TMP), an antibiotic, inhibits the growth of the bacterium Escherichia coli and induces a stress response. This response also protects the bacterium from subsequent deadly damage from acid. Antibiotics can therefore increase the survival...

March 22, 2017

When green means stop

Optogenetics, the approach to use light to control key processes, has revolutionized how researchers investigate cellular signaling pathways, cellular behavior and the function of large and interconnected tissues such as the brain. This highly successful combination of optics and genetics is...

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...