The University’s main mandate is to focus on research and development, teaching and continuing professional education and training. In all these fields its regional status is to be deepened and its high ranking in the European academic area is to be guaranteed. This is laid down in the Mission Statement of the University of Innsbruck. The University is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and students, irrespective of gender, marital status, family status, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, and religious belief, and membership of the travelling community.
Founded in 1669, the University of Innsbruck looks back to a long and variable history. The University has always been a supporting pillar of the Tyrolean society and has influenced the region tremendously. The importance of its status as a research and educating institution can be seen in the numerous award winning alumni and current and former scientists teaching and researching at the University. Many scientific cutting-edge discoveries have been made at this institution.
Today the University comprises of 16 faculties and 78 institutes. For more information on the structure and size of the University visit our sites University in Numbers, Student Numbers and Organisational Structure. You find relevant numbers on last year’s performances at the Intellectual Capital site, and strategies and plans for the next few years at Development Plan. For finding the location of the various faculties, departments and other university institutions go to Maps and Directions. The site University Life gives you information on academic and cultural activities and events at the University.
- Office of the Vice Dean of Research
- Faculties, Departments and other Institutions
- Obergurgl University Center
- innsbruck university press
- Alpine Research Center Obergurgl
- Undertaking Research at the University of Innsbruck
- PhD programs
- Research magazine
- Research newsletter
- Doctoral program
Research at the University of Innsbruck
The University of Innsbruck is a research university, which comprises of 16 faculties and, to strengthen and sharpen the profile, five major research areas: Alpine Space — Man and Environment, Cultural Encounters — Cultural Conflicts, Molecular Biosciences, Physics and Scientific Computing. In addition, there are four (interdisciplinary) research platforms with various faculties collaborating and 33 research centers. This structure is to promote networking and collaboration between scientists.
Researchers of the University of Innsbruck manage two (Integration) Competency Centers (ICC) (alpS – Centre for Natural Hazard and Risk Management, Technology Center for Skiing and Alpine Sports) and participate in two other ICCs (Oncotyrol, Austrian Center of Industrial Biotechnology). The University accommodates a Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo Latin Studies and two Christian-Doppler laboratories. Two institutes of the Austrian Academy of Sciences are linked to the University: theInstitute of Mountain Research: Man and Environment and the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information.
A Special Research Area grant (SFB) – the Foundations and Applications of Quantum Science (FoQuS) and Cell signaling in chronic CNS disorders (SFB-F44) — has been granted, and numerous national and international research networks promote the work of the University’s excellent and renowned research groups.
The fact that two scientists have been awarded the Wittgenstein Prize and numerous researchers have been granted START and ERC grants is proof of the excellent research work performed at the University of Innsbruck.
The University of Innsbruck promotes the transfer of knowledge and transfer of technology by helping to establish contact between industry and science and setting up collaboration between them. The University also possesses its own publishing house – the innsbruck university press (iup) – for scientific publications. The Obergurgl University Center is located in the Alps at an altitude of 1940 meters above sea level. It houses a conference and research center as well as a hotel and is also open for international guests and scientists. The Research Performance Documentation databank (FLD) provides insight into the broad field of research work conducted at the University of Innsbruck. The FLD is part of the University’s quality management program, under which periodical evaluation of research institutions is carried out.
Researchers at the University of Innsbruck find more information here: http://www.uibk.ac.at/portal/forschende/