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News & Events

Communicating science is a central mission of Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA). In order to satisfy the information demands of very distinct and diverse target groups the Institute’s Communications & Events department has developed a set of different formats, ranging from events and lectures for the general public to symposia, conferences and talks for scientists. Additionally, it establishes and maintains contact with the general public, media, research community, alumni, schools, and the communal and campus neighbors. Share the fascination of science with us and stay informed!

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Press & Media

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ISTA organizes numerous community events on campus and participates in many regional events to reach out to the general public.

Conferences & Symposia
One of the core missions of the Institute is to get the international research community on campus and foster the transfer of knowledge. Therefore, the ISTA events team supports the faculty in organizing numerous conferences & symposia. Find upcoming conferences & symposia here.

Conferences & symposia at ISTA

ISTA Colloquium
The Institute Colloquium is the principal research seminar at ISTA. Scientists from around the world and from across all disciplines of the natural sciences are invited to present their latest findings. Find a list of upcoming ISTA Colloquia here.

ISTA Colloquium – the principal research seminar at ISTA

ISTA Lectures
The ISTA Lectures are targeted at a general audience interested in current developments in science, with speakers providing sufficient background information for non-experts and, at the same time, going into detailed explanations of a recent scientific topic.

ISTA Lecture with Jeffrey D. Sachs

The bigX, organized jointly by the Federation of Austrian Industry and ISTA, is an annual event with the goal to foster the interaction between the basic research community and the business world.

bigX in cooperation with the Federation of Austrian Industries

xista Talks
xista Talks are intended to foster exchange between industry, start-ups, ISTA, and a broader research community.

xista Talk by Roland Kalb, proionic GmbH

Science Festivals & Exhibitions
The biggest science festival at ISTA is the annual Open Campus in celebration of the anniversary of the Institute’s inauguration. A central activity is the award ceremony for a school science competition aimed at elementary and high school students. ISTA also regularly takes part in the “Long Night of Research” and other science festivals.

ISTA hosts Long Night of Research

ISTA for Educators, Schools & Kids
ISTA hosts a range of outreach events and summer camps, such as Sommercampus or Top Models in Science, and continually develops science education activities and resources for educators and children of all ages. One of our main event series especially targeted at science educators is the Science-Education Day. Read more.

Science education at ISTA: Open Campus, Sommercampus, Science-Education Day. …and more!

WoMen in Science
ISTA is committed to both the goal of promoting gender equality as well as promoting diversity and takes this into account in all planning, decision-making and organizational processes. In order to bring the issue into the public eye and stimulate discussions, ISTA is hosting an annual WoMen in Science Day. Besides focusing on personal stories of scientists, we want to raise questions like: Why do we need gender balance? How can we reach and maintain it? And what can science institutions do?

WoMen In Science IST Austria 2021

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