October 13, 2017

Strange undertakings: ant queens bury dead to prevent disease

Ant queens may bury other queens – a task normally performed by workers – to avoid infection when co-founding a new colony, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology (DOI: 10.1186/s40359-017-0201-4). Researchers at the Institute...

October 12, 2017

Cell contacts in embryonic development determine cellular fate

Artistic 3D rendering of progenitor cells in zebrafish(c) V. Barone/ IST Austria The average human consists of about 37.2 trillion cells. But not all cells are created equal: while muscle cells contain the molecular machinery...

September 19, 2017

Austrian Parties Present Positions on Science, Research and Universities

© Austrian Parliament/ Christian Hikade In the context of the upcoming national elections in Austria on 15 October 2017, the Austrian Alliance of Science Organisations put a list of questions to the political parties currently represented in parliament and campaigning...

September  5, 2017

A summer of science for elementary school children and teenagers

School has begun again for the children and teenagers who took part in the summer programs at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), but the good memories remain. During the fourth “Sommercampus”, 60 children explored research and...

August 23, 2017

Mikhail Lemeshko of IST Austria wins Ludwig Boltzmann Prize

Mikhail Lemeshko receives Boltzmann Prize fromAPS President Reinhold Koch (credits: Karl Riedling) Established in 1953, the Ludwig Boltzmann Prize is awarded once every two years to honor outstanding results achieved by a young researcher in theoretical physics....

August  9, 2017

One year of Erasmus+ at IST Austria

In the summer of 2016, the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) received an Erasmus+ grant for the staff training mobility program within Europe. A look back on the first year of staff training mobility reveals the...

August  7, 2017

IST Austria and Lansdowne Partners Launch Advanced Technology Seed Fund

While business angel activity has grown over recent years and a range of government grants are now available, institutional equity investors addressing the seed and early stage segments are still rare in Austria. Signing an agreement to...

August  4, 2017

First call for ISTplus postdocs now open

Earlier this year, the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) obtained a grant in the framework of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program to co-fund an interdisciplinary postdoc program. Worth 4.6 million euros, this grant...

July 28, 2017

The role of immune cells in childhood dementia

Dementia is commonly thought of as a disease of advanced age. But around 50,000 children worldwide suffer from a form of childhood dementia, called neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL). This group of inherited neurodegenerative disorders strikes children from early childhood. Loss of...

July 25, 2017

No gene is an island

Bacterial colonies with a fluorescent reporter protein appearing on tetracycline plates over three days (left to right). Image Credit: Magdalena Steinrück Genes do not exist in isolation. Like beads on a string, they sit next to each other on long...

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