Research promotes Innovation

Upper Austrian Research GmbH (UAR) is the leading organization for non-university research of the federal province of Upper Austria and a key player in the research, technology and innovation policy. With its associated companies UAR promotes innovative solutions at the crossroads where fundamental research meets applied research and provides access to top-quality R&D capacities.

15. June 2020

Pro2Future: New Management

On 1 June 2020, Mr Gerd Hribernig took up his post as new CEO of Pro2Future GmbH. From September 2020 he will take over sole leadership of the company. In the intervening period he will head the firm with the two chief executives. Prof. Alois Ferscha will continue lead the centre’s research expertise as chief scientific officer. Mr Hribernig was selected by the panel of assessors following an invitation to apply. The appointment is the result of a joint decision taken by the owners, AVL List GmbH, FRONIUS INT. GmbH, JKU Linz, Graz University of Technology and Upper Austrian Research GmbH.


18. May 2020

SCCH: New Chief Scientific Officer Raises International Profile

Software Competence Center Hagenberg (SCCH) has a new Chief Scientific Officer: Dr. Robert Wille is a computer scientist from Bremen who was recruited to the JKU in 2015 as one of the university’s youngest professors. Since 2019 he has led the LIT Secure and Correct Systems Lab and is also associated with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) as a senior researcher. “I intend to use my position at the JKU and my international network to increase both the collaborative work of SCCH in Upper Austria and its international standing.”, says Prof. Wille.


11. May 2020

WOOD: extracts from the tree of heaven as a biological wood preservative

The tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) is a deciduous tree in the family Simaroubaceae. It is characterized by a high tolerance of salt, aridity, herbicides and airborne pollutants. However, it also has considerable drawbacks: It is an invasive plant that is spreading globally and forcing out other species of tree. In its branches, leaves and especially bark the tree of heaven contains bitter substances, called quassinoids, that protect it from predatory herbivores and pathogens, but also prevent other species of tree from growing beside it. These substances could be of interest as a natural wood preservative.