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After four years, Austrian researchers and companies have succeeded in securing over €1bn in funding from Horizon 2020, the EU’s biggest research and innovation programme, according to an overview report released by the Austria Research Promotion Agency (FFG). Austria boasts a success rate of 18% in terms of participations, ranking second among EU countries and clearly ahead of the EU average of 15.4%.
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Interview: Technology and trend researcher Mario Herger lives in Silicon Valley and knows the difference between American and Austrian business strategies. The Vienna Region's start-up scene does have some of the characteristics of Silicon Valley.
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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.
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UNESCO has added “Austria’s cake and pastry culture“ to its Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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Interview: Hidden champion researcher Dr. Georg Jungwirth gives high marks to the Vienna Region’s medium-sized global market leaders
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International Automotive Components Group (IAC) is planning to build a technology centre in Neutal in the Austrian province of Burgenland.
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The United Nations headquarters in Vienna is celebrating its 40th anniversary today, marking four decades of promoting peace and dialogue in the heart of Europe.
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Pharmaceutical company Pfizer is investing €50m in the expansion of its plant in Orth on the Danube in Lower Austria. The new production facilities are due to be opened in 2021.
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The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded the “Sci-FIT” project to FOTEC, a research subsidiary of the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt (FHWN). The €2m deal is aimed at further optimising the FEEP thruster developed by FOTEC for future scientific missions such as the “Laser Interferometer Space Antenna” (LISA) designed to measure gravitation waves of supermassive black holes, for instance.
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The latest UN climate report, which warns that the world will have to change the way it produces food and manages land, has sparked a debate about our diet and the impact it has on climate change. Beef production in particular accounts for a large part of methane emissions. Rebel Meat, a Viennese start-up, might have come up with its own contribution to meeting the global climate goals.
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