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November 30, 2011

IST Austria introduces Donor Club

IST Austria stages dinner to honor donors • So far research institute received donations worth 17 million Euro

IST Austria introduces Donor Club
From left: IST President Thomas Henzinger, Dr. Claus J. Raidl (Chairman of the Board of Trustees of IST Austria), DI Dr. Walter Böhme (OMV AG, Head of Science and Innovation), Dr. Walter Rothensteiner (Raiffeisen Zentralbank, Chairman of the Board of Management), Dr. Herbert Stepic (Raiffeisen Bank International AG, Chairman of the Board of Management), Prof. Haim Harari (Chairman of the Executive Commitee of IST Austria), Dr. Veit Sorger (President of the Federation of Austrian Industry), Mag. Franz J. Hiesinger (CFO Mondi Europe and International), Dr. Raimund Ratzi (MIBA AG, Innovation and Technology) and Mag. Norbert Zimmermann (Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Berndorf AG).

Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria yesterday evening staged its first donors’ appreciation dinner to introduce the IST Donor Club. Chairman of the Board of Trustees Claus J. Raidl, Chairman of the Executive Committee Haim Harari and IST President Thomas Henzinger gave a warm welcome to leading representatives of donor companies in the Raiffeisen Lecture Hall. The presentation by Architect Heinz Tesar, who designed the signature building of IST Austria, was followed by a talk by Biologist Carl-Philipp Heisenberg, who was one of the first professors to start at IST Austria in June 2009. Professor Heisenberg works in the field of Cell and Development Biology and uses zebra fish as model organisms for his research.

The subsequent dinner set the stage for honoring the donors and introducing the IST Donor Club. So far IST Austria received donations worth 17 million Euro, with the 10 million Euro donation by the Invicta Foundation being of an unparalleled magnitude in Austria and Europe. All donations are given for purely philanthropic reasons, i.e., accepting the donation does not put IST Austria under any obligation. By investing in the future of IST Austria, the donors show a strong commitment to supporting and developing excellent basic science in Austria at international level.


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