Environmental research in Austria

Fraunhofer Austria

Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH was established at the end of 2008 as the first European subsidiary of the Fraunhofer Society. The research organization is divided into two business areas i.e. Production and Logistics Management (Vienna) and Visual Computing (Graz).

Production and Logistics Management located in Vienna deals with optimizing value creation in production networks. It supports the planning and optimization of structures, organization and processes in industrial and service companies or their logistics networks.

In Graz, the employees develop and conduct research on target-oriented solutions in the field of visual computing. Their work encompasses graphic data processing, computer vision as well as virtual and augmented reality.

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

The Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) is Austria’s largest non-university
research institution. Its five departments prove to be a highly specialized research and development partner for industry focusing on crucial infrastructure issues of the future: Energy, Mobility, Health & Environment, Safety & Security as well as Foresight & Policy Development. Some 1,100 employees conduct research throughout Austria. They focus on the development of tools, technologies and solutions which will make the Austrian economy fit for the future in line with the motto “Tomorrow Today”.

JOANNEUM RESEARCH

For more than 30 years JOANNEUM RESEARCH has been carrying out leading-edge research of international caliber and is one of the largest non-university research institutions in Austria. About 85 scientists at the Institute for Water, Energy and Sustainability alone conduct research on socially acceptable as well as economically feasible and environmentally compatible solutions. JOANNEUM RESEARCH ranks internationally as one of the most highly recognized scientific institutions in the world focusing on sustainable resource use thanks to its bundled know-how in research and development and competence building oriented to dealing with new challenges.

AEE – Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC)

This non-university research association is one of the leading institutes today for
applied research in the future-oriented fields of solar thermal energy, low-energy
and zero energy buildings as well as energy efficiency in industry and sustainable
water management. AEE INTEC is active in national and international cooperation networks, and is also a member of the European Renewable Energy Research Centers Agency (EUREC).

Austrian Society for Environment and Technology (ÖGUT)

In cooperation with its members, this non-profit organization has been initiating and promoting sustainable solutions on behalf of the environment and the economy over the last 27 years, preparing the information required for decision making in favor of sustainable environmental policies. The approximately 80 members of ÖGUT include federal ministries as well as the most important Austrian environmental organizations, banks and companies.

Austrian Institute of Ecology

Since 1985 this established independent research and consulting institute has
been successfully working on a broad spectrum of issues pertaining to sustainable development. Projects are implemented throughout Austria and on an international level on behalf of the political sector, public administration and business as well as interest groups on topics ranging from waste management, energy efficiency, climate protection and nuclear risks to tourism and sustainable construction.

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)

The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) is considered to be one of the world’s most renowned academic, educational and research institutions in the environmental sector. The university offers R&D in the following areas of competence: land use and land eco-systems, water-atmosphere-environment, food-nutrition-health, biotechnology and nanosciences as well as living space and agriculture, sustainable raw materials and resource-oriented technologies.

More on Green Technologies in Austria can be found in our brochure:

Brochure: Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energies in Austria (PDF, 951 kB)