March  7, 2016

Gambling our way against climate change

From donating blood, building colossal bridges to social welfare – humans have mastered the art of cooperation better than any other animal species. However, many social dilemmas remain unsolved, such as overfishing of the seas, rising global green-house gas emissions or...

February 25, 2016

Peter Jonas becomes member of Neuron’s editorial board

IST Austria Professor Peter Jonas will be joining Neuron’s editorial board this spring. Neuron is one of the most influential and reputable journals in the field of neuroscience. With its editors embracing interdisciplinary strategies that integrate biophysical, cellular, developmental, and...

February 16, 2016

What does turbulence have in common with an epidemic?

Fluid flows can take one of two forms: well-ordered “laminar” or highly disordered “turbulent” motion. Although everyday experience shows that laminar motion in simple shear flows as in pipes or channels gives way to turbulence as the flow speed increases, the...

February 15, 2016

A novel canonical transformation provides insights into many-particle physics

The concepts of rotation and angular momentum play a crucial role in many areas of physics, ranging from nuclear spectroscopy to molecular collisions and precision measurements. In a paper appearing in the...

January 22, 2016

Where wood is chopped, splinters must fall

Bacteria and other prokaryotes have been around for billions of years because they managed to develop successful evolutionary strategies for survival. For instance, they possess defense mechanisms that allow them to discriminate between self and non-self DNA in the event of...

December  9, 2015

What computers won’t tell you about ecological and evolutionary dynamics

In a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Rasmus Ibsen-Jensen, postdoc at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) together with IST...

December  4, 2015

Error correction strategies of cells

Cells dynamically respond to environmental signals by turning appropriate sets of genes on or off. The “control system” that determines which genes need to be expressed at what time depends primarily on the interactions between transcription factor proteins (TFs) and the...

December  2, 2015

MolTag extended: Successful PhD program for pharmaceutical sciences renewed

The FWF doctoral program on "Ion channels and transporters as molecular drug targets" (MolTag) has been renewed for another four-year period after the FWF (Austrian Science Fund) subjected it to a successful evaluation. Nine work groups from the University of Vienna, Medical...

December  2, 2015

IST Austria on its way to becoming a model for science management

“IST Austria is a well-kept house,” is the overall verdict of the economic evaluation of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria. The evaluators commend that IST Austria had “acted resourcefully, expediently, and economically” since its foundation and is on its...

December  1, 2015

Lab Building West – a new building for experimental and theoretical science

Lab Building West is the fifth and biggest newly erected building on the campus of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) in Klosterneuburg. The building is officially opened on December 1, 2015. Lab Building West is located on...