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.


Founding Principles

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

Curiosity-driven research
Scientists pursue their interests without constraints or predefined research topics, supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure.

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

Multidisciplinary
IST Austria brings together res­­earchers from all major scientific disciplines; communication and collaboration are encouraged across scientific fields.

Supporting careers
Professors are hired early in their careers on a tenure track system, providing them with independence and a career perspective.

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

Exploiting results
Globally competitive basic research leads to unforeseen but useful and valuable discoveries; intellectual property and technology transfer are important objectives.

Diverse funding sources
IST Austria is publicly and privately financed. Scientists acquire third-party funds; donations to the Institute and revenues from intellectual property are transferred to an endowment fund.


Core Missions

The founding principles of IST Austria remain valid today and continue to guide the growth and development of the Institute as it enters its second decade and works towards excelling in its core missions:

  • to perform world-class basic research,
  • to train the next generation of scientific leaders,
  • to support science education and technology transfer, and
  • to implement best practices in science management.

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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