At a glance

IST Austria is a PhD-granting research institution dedicated to cutting-edge research.

At a Glance

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) is a PhD-granting research institution dedicated to cutting-edge research in the physical, mathematical, computer, and life sciences.

IST Austria was established in 2006 by the federal government of Austria and the government of Lower Austria, and the campus opened in 2009 in the city of Klosterneuburg, on the outskirts of Vienna. The Institute was founded on a set of eight principles, which were first formulated by Haim Harari, Olaf Kübler, and Hubert Markl, who distilled them from the world’s most successful systems and ideas for research institutes.

Founding Principles

Curiosity-driven, basic research
Scientists pursue their interest without limits or predefined research topics.

IST Austria brings together scientists and staff from all over the world; employees use English as their working language.

Research on campus is not divided by departments or boundaries; communication and collaboration are encouraged across scientific fields.

IST Austria pioneers a new kind of graduate education with one IST Austria-wide PhD program.

Career support and development
Scientists at all levels grow intellectually and professionally. Professors hired early in their careers are on a tenure-track system.

Independent boards
Trustees oversee the Institute; more than half are international scientists. Guidance and advice are also provided by the Scientific Board.

Exploiting results
Excellent basic research leads to unforeseen but useful discoveries, and intellectual property and technology transfer are important objectives.

Diverse funding sources
The Institute is publicly and privately financed. Scientists acquire third-party funds, donations to IST Austria are transferred to an endowment, and the revenue from technology transfer is a long-term goal.

Core Missions

IST Austria is performance-oriented, and only uses practices that have been successful. The Institute’s founding principles remain relevant today, and continue to guide the growth and development of IST Austria as it works toward its core missions.

  • Perform world-class basic research
  • Train the next generation of scientific leaders
  • Implement best practices for management in science
  • Support science education and technology transfer

Code of Conduct

IST Austria strives for excellence in research as well as for professionalism in every dimension, including scientific, personal, and financial conduct. The expectations are summarized in our Code of Conduct, which highlights the values of the Institute and outlines standards that we, in our role as IST employees, use as the basis for our daily and long‐term interactions, actions, and decisions.

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