Bridges Vol. 38
bridges Volume 38 - now online! Click here to see the newest issue of bridges, the OST's Online Magazine on Science & Technology Policy.
Austrian Technology in Space - New Database of Austrian Space Industry and Research
In Austria space science has a long tradition. In 1969 the first experimental appliances were sent to space. Since Austria's accession to ESA 1987 a wide range of technological products for space have been developed in Austria. Today more than one hundred Austrian companies and research institutes are working in the international space sector. In order to support Austrian space industry and research, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology has made these organisations' profiles and technological competences publicly accessible for the first time with their Database of Austrian Space Industry and Research.
Recap on the Startup-Scene in Austria
Austria is one of the best business locations for R&D activities in Europe. ABA-Invest in Austria and the OST Austria-Washington recently hosted the ABA Roadshow in California for scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders, to inform them about incentive systems and funding opportunities available to start R&D businesses in Austria.
Austrian team of TU Vienna wins the Solar Decathlon 2013
TU Vienna, representing Austria for the first time at this competition, placed first amongst twenty teams to compete in the Solar Decathlon 2013 in California. As one of the only four entries outside the US, they developed a sustainable house powered by a rooftop solar photovoltaic system. This model, labeled Living Inspired by Sustainable Innovation (LISI) generates more power than it uses over the course of a year and adapts to a range of climate zones and flexes to meet a variety of lifestyles. Find out more about the competition at the Solar Decathlon Blog.
Hannes Androsch's "The End of Complacency: 7 Views on the Future of Austria"
Since 1945, Austria has presented an incredible success story and has survived the crisis better than most other countries. But such a success story cannot be assumed to continue automatically. Complacency, a reluctance to reform, and a tardiness to increase economic performance threaten to send the country into decline. Hannes Androsch seeks to trace the formative influences in the historical development of the Austrian identity, and clearly identifies those forces which have retarded the development of the countries for centuries. These range from an excessive admiration for the provincial political aristocracy, right through to a notoriously difficult relationship with Austria's most outstanding personalities.
Capital Science Evening - Dance on a Volcano: A Quarter Century of Experimental First Ascents, Recap
Volcanic activity has been a continuous companion to mankind. A century ago, experimental Earth science began to redefine our understanding of the Earth's interior. Although physical volcanology had been exclusively observational, new experimental science is making vast advances in the science of eruptive processes. Oh January 16 2014 Dr. Donald Dingwell, Secretary General of the European Research Council, guided listeners through some of the highlights of the last quarter century of experimental volcanology. This event was co-hosted by OSTA and the Carnegie Institution for Science. For the full recap, visit the event site.