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A long history, high impact articles and an excellent international environment make the Tyrol one of the best research regions in Austria and Europe.

Interconnected like neurons in a brain

Recognise modified proteins early, treat pain innovatively, use algae to extract raw materials, closely examine clouds as a climate factor or control atoms at will – research in Tirol is making the impossible possible.

One fifth of all Austrian scientific publications come from the Tyrol. The University of Innsbruck is in second place behind the University of Vienna with regards to publications in high-impact journals.

Science has a tradition in this region. The University of Innsbruck was founded in the 17th century, in 1669 to be precise. Nobel Prize winners such as Viktor Franz Hess and research experts such as the economist Eugen Ritter von Böhm-Bawerk or the physical chemist Erika Cremer have researched and taught here. The Universitiy of Innsbruck has a total of 16 faculties. One of the founding faculties, the medical faculty, now runs independently as the Medical University of Innsbruck. Research is also being done in the Tyrol at another 38 university clinics, the Private University UMIT, at the Management Center Innsbruck, the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein, at a number of non-university research institutes, at five Christian Doppler Laboratories and 17 so-called competence centres. At these centres, research institutes join forces with local and international companies. Applied research issues are best pursued together.

Networking across disciplines is also a recipe for success. At the Centre for Chemistry and Biomedicine, pharmacists, chemists and biomedicine experts work together on one site. The Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, one of the leading global research centres for quantum physics, works closely with the physics department at the University of Innsbruck and that across a number of disciplines, as is to be expected. If you want to analyse huge amounts of data properly – this is often the case with meteorologists – then e.g. the Institute of Computer Science in Innsbruck would be the ideal research partner

It works perfectly on an international scale, too. It's not without reason that researchers at the Medical University of Innsbruck are involved in the "Human Brain Project", an EU flagship project worth billions that researches the functions of the human brain in great detail. Or that the University of Innsbruck was 7th place in the preliminary list compiled by the Times Higher Education using the "International Outlook" indicator from its World University Rankings, which was first published in 2013/14.

In 2017 almost 1 billion euros were invested in research in the Tyrol. 85% of that is financed by the public sector and the companies involved. Tirol is in third place with per-capita-expenditure on research and development in the Austrian federal state rankings and has a research quota of almost 3 %. This is a lot higher than the EU average of 2% and proves the Tyrol is one of the best regions for research in Austria and Europe.

Whether it's a university, academy, laboratory or company - more than 6,000 people work in research and development in the Tyrol. Their excellent training and education and the ongoing team work contribute greatly to the success of the Tyrol as a research centre. And this strengthens the power of its economy and its people.


Did you know?

1,304.5 euros per head..

..were spent in 2017 for research in Tirol. One of the highest amounts in the Austrian federal state rankings.

Stabile Basis

978.5 million euro

were spent in total for research in Tirol in 2017, those are 8% of the total research spending in Austria.