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...

June 29, 2017

Scientists find mechanism behind precise spinal cord development

As embryos grow and develop they need the right cell types to end up in the right places inside forming organs. This is particularly important in the spinal cord where different nerve cell types must be accurately positioned so that circuits...

June 29, 2017

Making Waves

Think about the last time you were at a lake, river, or the ocean. Remember the ripples of the water, the waves crashing against the rocks, the wake following a boat, the sun reflecting off the crests? Amazingly, the mathematical...

June 27, 2017

Ahead of the Curve

3D printers have been around since the 1980s, but we are still far from maximizing their potential. One active area of research and development is “self-actuating” objects: flat materials that transform themselves through material forces into the desired 3D object. Previously,...

June 23, 2017

Equipping form with function

Common toys such as steerable cars or waving wind-up figures are available as 3D-printable models, which also contain their mechanical components. However, these mechanical structures are optimized to fit exactly one particular shape of the toy. If designers want to reuse...

June 14, 2017

IST Austria celebrates 15 new PhD graduates

On Tuesday evening, IST Austria honored its newest PhD graduates for their work and contributions. The graduating class, which comprises 15 students, is the largest IST Austria has had so far, and the first to reach double-digits. The keynote speaker,...

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