Lower Austria’s technology programme celebrates its 15th anniversary
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ecoplus, the business agency of Lower Austria, has been managing the Technopol programme for 15 years. In four locations – Krems, Tulln, Wiener Neustadt and Wieselburg - the agency combines research, education and business, aiming to promote cutting-edge science and technology. Since 2004, around 1,500 researchers have completed 312 projects with a total volume of around €500m.
Each of the centres has a specific focus. Krems, for example, breaks new ground in biomedicine, pharmacy and health sciences. Its state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with an electron microscope with a resolution of 4 nanometres, which is unique in Austria and which is used for research in bioimaging, cell analysis, biomechanics and tissue engineering.
The Technopol Wiener Neustadt specialises in medical and material technology. The MedAustron Centre for Ion Beam Therapy and Research is only the fourth site in Europe which offers an innovative type of radiation therapy using ion beams to treat tumours close to radiation-sensitive organs and those resistant to conventional therapies. The region around Wiener Neustadt has also become Austria’s aerospace hub. Today, it is home to companies such as Diamond Aircraft Industries or FOTEC, a research subsidiary of the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt (FHWN), which has recently bagged a €2m deal from the European Space Agency (ESA).
Technopol Tulln is one of the most internationally recognised research centres for natural resources and biobased technology. This is also where three of the world’s most cited researchers work: mycotoxin researcher Rudolf Krska from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna as well as chemists Angela Sessitsch and Michael Sulyok. Rudolf Krska is coordinating a Horizon 2020 project aimed at reducing mycotoxins in the food chain. The project, which has received €5m in funding from the European Commission, comprises 24 partners from 11 countries, including three from China.
Technopol Wieselburg, the youngest Technopol programme, was inaugurated in 2013. It is a centre for bioenergy, agriculture and food technology and its research institutions include BIOENERGY2020+, among others. The activities of this K1 centre of excellence cover all major technologies for the efficient and environmentally friendly provision of fuels, heat and power from biomass. Earlier this year, the institute received funding worth €9.18m from the EU funded COMET programme.
If you are interested to find out more, our colleagues at ecoplus will be pleased to provide further information about one of the Technopol programmes.
Photo: © Walter Skokanitsch