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Research Summit: What advances research towards excellence?

Three internationally renowned experts will discuss the topic of outstanding research in the course of the Research Summit on 14 February 2019.

Danube University Krems’ second event of the Research Summit Series lays the focus on medical research excellence. On 14 February 2019 University Prof Dr Hans Lassmann and University Prof Dr Jürg Kesselring will shed light on the Austrian research landscape while discussing what makes research rated as excellent and useful. Afterwards, Prof Harald Ott, M.D., will give insights into the excellence application, in particular on new methods regarding organ regeneration.

Stroke risk rises globally by 25 percent

Global Burden of Disease Study publishes new data on global stroke risk

The data published in the Global Burden of Disease Study shows an increase in the global risk of stroke in 2016. 24.9 percent of men and 25.1 percent of women are at risk of stroke. In the 1990s, the risk of stroke was 22.9 percent. In order to lower the stroke risk, better information about the risk factors and the expansion of medical care stations is necessary, according to co-author Michael Brainin of Danube University Krems.

Defy climate change as a sidelined settlement

Danube University Krems develops training programs for urbanization experts in India to enhance expertise on resilient urban planning

The settlement areas of India's poor population are particularly affected by climate change. Effective countermeasures require special knowledge. Wherefore the new Erasmus plus project BreUCom targets on postgraduate students and professionals in India to pass the expertise on. Danube University Krems leads the consortium which will set up a special training program accessible to prospective and practicing urban planners.

First Forum on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Danube University Krems hosted the first Forum on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on 18 December

Information about the biodiversity hub’s agenda, networking and interdisciplinary exchange among experts were the focal points at the first Austrian Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services Forum. Approximately 70 people from various backgrounds, including research, administration and NGOs, accepted the biodiversity hub’s invitation at Danube University Krems.

Accepting responsibility for the Danube Region

Danube Conference at Campus Krems on ownership and leadership within the Danube Region

Unequal working conditions, economic disparities and a differently paced development remain obstacles hindering the Danube region in its evolvement. The Danube Conference, organized by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) and Danube University Krems under the patronage of the ARGE Donauländer, will discuss the combination of leadership and the principle of the individual responsibility towards good governance at Campus Krems on 29 November. The aim is to provide participation and good living conditions in the Danube Region. Another point of discussion at the conference "Ownership and Leadership in the Danube Region", which is supported by the Province of Lower Austria, are conclusions drawn from Austria's EU Presidency and the presentation of the "Dr. Erhard Busek SEEMO 2018 Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe".

Setting the course for further development of Danube University Krems

New 15a agreement between the Federal Government and the Province of Lower Austria for the further development of Danube University Krems and Campus Krems. EUR 63 million will be invested in infrastructure.

At a press conference, Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research Heinz Faßmann and Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner announced the main cornerstones for the further development of Danube University Krems and Campus Krems. Through a new 15a agreement between the Federal Government and the Province of Lower Austria, the Province provides Danube University Krems with additional infrastructure while the Federal Government commits itself to a long-term increase in federal financial resources. A total of EUR 63 million will be invested in Campus Krems by the Province of Lower Austria.

Core Facility: New spectrum of methods opened by special devices

State-of-the-art large-scale facilities ensure access to cutting-edge international research

Bioimaging and cell analytics as well as biomechanics and tissue engineering: these research fields gain access to the new state-of-the-art large-scale facilities at two locations on Campus Krems. The new research infrastructure is provided to Danube University Krems, the Karl Landsteiner Private University for Health Sciences and the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems. Therefore the method spectrum and support of existing connection to international medical research shall be expanded.

ASEM-Meeting: The Point of Continuing Education

Experts from Asia and Europe interchange at the ASEM Senior Officals Meeting at Danube University Krems

From 15 to 17 October the 1st ASEM Senior Officials' Meeting will take place at Danube University Krems in preparation for the seventh ASEM Education Ministers' Meeting. Danube University Krems will organize the meeting together with the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research on the topic: The point of continuing education regarding the achievement of goals for a sustainable development of the United Nations.

Core Facility opened at Krems Campus

New joint research infrastructure of Danube University Krems, Karl-Landsteiner Private University and IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems enables future-oriented research in Lower Austria

On 9 October the Core Facility at Campus Krems was opened with a ceremony attended by Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner. At two Krems campuses the state-of-the-art large-scale facilities are from now on available for research in the fields of bioimaging and cell analysis as well as biomechanics and tissue engineering. The new research infrastructure, financed with around 3.2 million euros by the Province of Lower Austria, the Lower Austrian Health and Social Fund (NÖGUS), will be used by Danube University Krems, the Karl Landsteiner Private University for Health Sciences and the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems. It is intended to expand the range of methods and support the existing connection to international medical research.

Brainin: UN aims to require more stroke treatment and detection of hypertension

Prof. Brainin represents the World Stroke Organization at the UN General Assembly in New York

End of September, the United Nations General Assembly was held in New York setting its focus on global disease prevention. By 2030, global mortality is to be reduced by 30 percent.

Scola Telcz: Memorandum for intensified cooperation

Danube University Krems Co-signatory of the cooperation Czech Republic-Slovakia-Austria to strengthen cultural heritage and monument preservation be und Denkmalpflege

On Friday, 21 September 2018, six educational and research institutions from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria signed a memorandum in Telč to strengthen the students and researchers exchange in the field of cultural heritage projects and monument preservation. Against the backdrop of the Scola Telcz, a series of scientific events focusing on cultural heritage and monument preservation, the signing was accomplished. Furthermore the memorandum is based on the activities of the Scola Telcz.

Unfulfilled migration influences the development in the country of origin

DialogForum 2018: Migration processes in countries of origin and transit

The DialogForum 2018 at Danube University Krems focused on the challenges of migration and integration processes in countries of origin and transit. Reasons for migration, experiences of migration as well as the migrants’ intentions to return were central aspects, as stated in the summary of the experts from science, politics and practice. The DialogForum is a networking platform for migration and integration actors and organized for the tenth time by the Department for Migration and Globalisation.

Peter Parycek appointed to German Digital Council

e-Governance expert at Danube University Krems advises German Federal Government on digitalisation issues

Peter Parycek, Professor of e-governance at Danube University Krems, was appointed to the Digital Council of the German Federal Government, as announced on 22 August at the national press conference. As part of this 10-member advisory body, Parycek, a specialist in internet law, will directly advise the German chancellor on matters relating to digitalisation.

Taking Responsibility for Europe

The Danube Rector’s Conference 15th Summer School discussed ways of modernization for the Danube region

“Modernizing Europe: Generating Accountability" was the topic of the Danube Rectors Conference (DRC for short) 15th Summer School, which took place in July at Danube University Krems and in Vienna – at the start of the Austrian EU Council Presidency. In the spotlight: every individual’s responsibility for Europe’s renewal.

Michael Brainin opened the 21rst  Ibero-American Congress of Stroke in Brazil

Over the last 10 years the number of stroke units, i.e. stations for the treatment of strokes, has multiplied in Brazil and is expected to grow in the future.

This year, the 21rst Ibero-American Congress was held for the first time in southern Brazil, in Gramado from 2 to 4 August 2018. In the course of the event a declaration was adopted aiming to ensure and optimize the treatment of strokes in Central and South America.

Both Erasmus Mundus programs extended

Danube University Krems’ Joint Master Degree programs MARIHE and Media Arts Cultures have been approved by the European Commission for a further period.

Danube University Krems received two grants from the renowned Erasmus+ program of the European Commission as part of the current Erasmus Mundus call for proposals. The Joint Master Degree programs MARIHE "Research and Innovation in Higher Education" and Media Arts Cultures , coordinated by Danube University Krems, will be extended and expanded with a total funding of EUR 7.4 million as from 2019. The rector of Danube University Krems, Friedrich Faulhammer, regards the contracts as an award for quality and internationality.

Endogenous blood as a therapy for osteoarthritis

Danube University Krems is developing a new regenerative therapy approach for the treatment of osteoarthritis

Osteoarthrosis is a degenerative joint disease associated with wear and tear, aging and painful irritations resultant as restrictions in the joint flexibility and mobility in general. Currently osteoarthritis therapies merely are able to treat the symptoms, but cannot reverse the progress of the disease. The Department of Health Sciences, Medicine and Research at Danube University Krems is developing a new, more regenerative therapy approach and investigating the effect of endogenous blood products on the healing of cartilage damage and arthrosis.

New Generation of Field Strength Sensors

Research project at Danube University Krems was awarded a “riz up GENIUS” prize

A research team at Danube University Krems won a “riz-up GENIUS” prize for its research on new sensors to measure electric field strength, making distortion-free measurement and mobile areas of application possible.

Michael Brainin: More stroke units required worldwide

Stroke specialist Michael Brainin’s analysis in The Lancet calls for more stroke units as a significant contribution to achieving the WHO goal

In countries with a high GDP, stroke units for the treatment of acute strokes are already an integral part of hospital medical facilities. These highly specialized treatments significantly increase patients’ survival rates. To achieve the WHO goal of reducing non-communicable diseases by 25 percent, more stroke units must be installed in countries with medium to low income per capita.

Danube University Krems and the Parity Academy join forces

University for Further Education now co-partner – partners want to offer more courses

The Parity Academy Berlin and Danube University Krems have collaborated in two masters programs for some time now. On 18th of June, they signed an agreement in Berlin making Danube University a co-partner of the German further and continuing education institution. The purpose is to provide additional further and continuing education study programs at the Berlin venue.

Faculty Talk: “Companies should take climate risks into account in their strategies”

Fireside talk and discussion with Sanjay Patnaik, economist at the George Washington University

The effects of climate change are currently drastically underestimated, warned Dr. Sanjay Patnaik (George Washington University) at the Faculty Talks held by the Faculty of Business and Globalization, Danube University Krems. Investors in particular are pushing for risk management in connection with climate change. The EU system of CO2 emission trading – following some “teething problems” – works well generally, but cannot be implemented everywhere in the same way.

4th Campus Ball once again very popular drawing a crowd

For the fourth time Campus Ball Krems was a great success for education and science and the cultural highlight in the Wachau region

On Saturday, June 16, 2018, Campus Krems’ study and research area became once again the scenery for one of Austria's most beautiful summer balls. The joint cooperation of Danube University Krems, IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems and Karl Landsteiner Private University for Health Sciences, made the fourth Campus Ball well received by a prominent audience.

Housewife, 32, cyber criminal

Study to profile internet criminals analyzes motives and modus operandi

CERT Communication II – The research project with the cryptic title sheds light on a dark chapter: Who are the people who scale Firewalls and penetrate computer systems? The classic hacker really does exist. But also organized professionals and – housewives. Project leader Edith Huber from Danube University Krems and her research team analyzed case records and identified three types.

Friedrich Faulhammer attends the ASEM-Intermediate Senior Officials Meeting in Jakarta

Danube University Krems’ Rector presented the model of the University for continuing education

In the course of the Asia-Europe Meeting, abbreviated ASEM, which is a platform for continuing education among other things working beyond both continents, the Intermediate Senior Officials Meeting took place in Indonesian’s main capital Jakarta from 3 to 5 of June. On the occasion Friedrich Faulhammer, Danube University Krems’ Rector presented on-site the model of the University for continuing education. Along the journey the expert-meeting, which will be held at Danube University Krems in autumn before the ASEM conference for the ministers of education takes place in 2019, was prepared.

EU Presidency Austria: What can we expect from the EU Council Presidency?

Blue Hour Discussion in cooperation with the daily newspaper "Die Presse" at the Leopoldmuseum

Austria takes over the Presidency of the EU Council at the beginning of July. On 8 of May, one day before the Europe Day of the European Union, Gerda Füricht-Fiegl, Othmar Karas, Thomas Karabaczek and Regina Kothmayr discussed in Alumni Club’s Blue Hour on behalf of Danube University Krems pertinent arising possibilities and expectations Austria is confronted with throughout the presidency.

Night Shift Work Elevates Pain Sensitivity

According to a study by Danube University Krems, night shift work influences pain perception

After working a night shift, healthy people experience cold stimulus almost one third more painfully than before the night shift. After a night of rest, pain perception is back to normal again. This interaction between sleep and pain can play a relevant role in pain chronification. These are the core findings of a study conducted by the Department for Psychotherapy and Biopsychosocial Health at Danube University Krems to test pain perception of night shift workers with the aid of pain stimuli.


New University Council for Danube University Krems
Professor Wolfgang Mazal again elected Chairperson

Krems Conference

The Krems Annual Conference on European Democracy: Poland – a divided society?

Whether it is the controversial judicial reform, the discussion about the abortion ban, media policy or the relationship between Poland and the EU: the latest developments in Poland polarize. Against this backdrop the second edition of the Krems Annual Conference on European Democracy, which takes place on 19 and 20 April in the Albert Schweitzer House in Vienna, is dedicated to politics and society in Poland.

An appeal for the museum as cultural memory

In her inaugural lecture at Danube University Krems the cultural and collection scientist , Anja Grebe, emphasized the role of the museum as a repository of knowledge of social importance.

The worldwide success of museums has relegated their original function to the background - collecting and researching. On 22 February 2018 Prof. Dr. Anja Grebe thus appealed in her inaugural lecture to remember again the museums’ initial mission and to promote their scientific functions. As to Grebe, an appointed professor of cultural history and museum collection science at Danube University Krems, museums are to preserve cultural memory.

Once and for all

e-Governance experts from Danube University Krems research how the EU-launched “Once-Only” Principle project can be implemented. Result: enormous cost-saving potential.

Entries in the business register, ship certificates or details about procurement processes - the EU collects a lot of data from commercial life. A study conducted by Ernst&Young, a consulting company, estimates that if implemented, the Once-Only Principle would spare companies and organizations work-intensive reporting procedures and reduce administration costs all over Europe by 5 billion euros. An EU-wide research project launched at the beginning of 2017 aims to find out if and how this “Once-Only-Principle” can be implemented for cross-border data gathering and data processing. The e-Governance experts at Danube University Krems are part of the research team. The first results show that national systems would not have to be given up if they meet certain requirements.

New research center investigates the transition of democracy and society and “social glue”

“Research Lab Democracy and Society in Transition” joins four existing networks and initiatives

The “Research Lab Democracy and Society in Transition”, founded in January 2018 at Danube University Krems’ Faculty of Business and Globalization, investigates the current societal change processes and develops strategies to promote social cohesion. The new lab consists of the netPOL and ECOnet networks, the science-to-public-platform as well as the “social planning and social care” area.

Digital Media Art: Collecting – Studying – Preserving

Over two hundred experts and artists from all over the world discussed the challenges and perspectives of media art research at Danube University Krems

The 7th world conference “On the Histories of MediaArt, Science and Technology,” one of the largest and most significant events in the field of media art research, took place at Danube University Krems from 23-25 November 2017. For three days, over two hundred researchers, artists and experts from more than 50 countries discussed current developments, challenges and future perspectives in media art research.

Christmas holidays until January 1

Merry Christmas and a successful New Year!

From December 24 to January 1 the team of Danube University Krems is on Christmas holidays. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy, successful New Year.

GovCamp 2017: Discussing Digitalization “at eye level”

Open conference on e-governance in cooperation with Danube University Krems

At the beginning of December, representatives from administration, academia, business, NGOs and civil society discussed the possibilities and limitations of digital administration at GovCamp2017 in Vienna. In addition to Danube University Krems, other cooperation partners included were Urban Innovation Vienna, Digital City Wien, the Austrian Institute of Technology, the Federal Data Processing Center and Dialog plus.

Informal Housing: Danube University Krems organizes conference in Ethiopia

Concerned city dwellers discussed strategies for affordable housing with decision makers and scientists

As part of a project sponsored by the EU Commission, a conference on affordable housing titled „Our Cities – Our Future“ took place in the Ethiopian city of Gondar, organized by Danube University Krems in collaboration with local partners. In Ethiopia, millions of low-income city dwellers are forced to live in informal housing situations.

Understanding complexity: an event with Harvard professor Francine Grodstein and complexity researcher David Garcia

New Research Summit Series at Danube University Krems starts 23 October 2017 – focusing on challenges facing society

The kick-off event for the new Research Summit Series at Danube University Krems is dedicated to how complexity research contributes to solving current and future societal challenges. On 23 October 2017, Professor Francine Grodstein from the Harvard School for Public Health, and Dr. David Garcia from the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, will present their research findings on happiness in an aging society and the digital trails of collective emotions.

Changing the world with pattern languages

The open session „Discover Patterns!“ at Danube University Krems provides an insight into an innovative form of communicating knowledge

Over the past two decades, Christopher Alexander’s pattern language approach has been used in a growing number of fields from design, management, pedagogy and healthcare. This interdisciplinary, participative tool opens up innovative ways to gather and communicate knowledge. In the run-up to the PURPLSOC world conference, now anyone interested has an opportunity to discover and experience the world of pattern languages at the Open Session at Danube University Krems on 19 October 2017, and how these can contribute to social transformation.

Honorary Prize of Lower Austria for Michael Brainin

Stroke expert Prof. Michael Brainin awarded prize for his scientific life’s work

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Michael Brainin from Danube University Krems was awarded the Honorary Prize of the Federal Province of Lower Austria at the Science Gala held on the evening of 5 October. The pioneer of so-called stroke units in hospitals received first prize for his scientific work, which is far beyond regional importance. In addition, next-generation scientist Birgit Fendl, BSc, was also awarded a prize for her Master thesis.

Oxford University migration researcher becomes new head of the Department of Migration and Globalization

Mathias Czaika takes over the agenda from migration expert Gudrun Biffl

After almost ten years at Danube University Krems, Prof. Dr. Gudrun Biffl hands the reins as head of the Department of Migration and Globalization at Danube University Krems to Prof. Dr. Mathias Czaika. The economist had been associate professor of migration and development at Oxford University and director of the International Migration Institute (IMI). The handover ceremony will take place on 26 September in the Audimax at Danube University Krems.

University course „Collection Studies and Management“ distinguished by international museum committee

The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at Danube University Krems accorded quality seal by the Austrian national committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) for its new MA course

A new MA course, „Collection Studies and Management,“ started for the first time at Danube University Krems in November 2017. This academic continuing education measure focuses on the complex change processes that collections institutions, for example museums, are facing today. Therefore, alongside the classic core tasks such as collecting, researching and exhibiting, the course also incorporates essential elements such as (media-) technological innovations and management and leadership competencies. The university course, which has attracted numerous national and international experts as lecturers, has now been awarded the Quality Seal of Continuing Education by the Austrian national committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

Thomas Ratka new Vice-Rector of Academic Teaching/Scientific Continuing Education

New rectorship term begins 1 August

At its conference on April 27, 2017, the Danube University Krems University Council unanimously appointed Prof. DDr. Thomas Ratka, LL.M. as Vice-Rector of Academic Teaching/Scientific Continuing Education. The new 4-year rectorship begins on 1 August 2017.

Danube:Future Interdisciplinary School: Global challenges and the Danube region

Next generation scientists from the Danube and Alpen-Adria region developed research ideas at Danube University Krems

From 14 to 21 July 2017, the Danube:Future Interdisciplinary School took place at Danube University Krems. 25 PhD students and post-doc researchers from eight European countries met to find new approaches to mastering the global challenges in the Danube region. The project ideas ranged from energy management to development strategies in the Danube delta or former industrial estates through to revitalizing soil contaminated during the wars

Peter Parycek Appointed Head of German Competence Center “Öffentliche IT” in Berlin

Head of the Department for E-Governance at Danube University Krems will additionally lead think tank at the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS

From 1 July 2017 onwards, Univ. Prof. Dr. Peter Parycek, professor of E-Governance at Danube University Krems, will head the competence center “Öffentliche IT” (ÖFIT) in Berlin. The think tank is established at the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS and is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior.

WHO collaborates with Danube University Krems

Department for Evidence-Based Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology appointed collaborating center by World Health Organization

As of June 2017, the Department for Evidence-Based Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the Faculty of Health and Medicine is a “Collaborating Centre for Evidence-based Medicine” with the World Health Organization (WHO). As a result, Danube University Krems will be more intensively involved in authoring scientifically proven WHO guidelines for the future provision of global health care.

Cochrane branch expands at Danube University Krems

Commitment to evidence-based medicine in Austria achieves worldwide recognition

Since 2010, a team at the Department for evidence-Based Medicine and Clinical Epidemology at Danube University Krems has been working to advocate scientifically founded decisions in the health system. Now, in recognition for these achievements, Cochrane Austria has been admitted to the worldwide circle of 17 Cochrane Centers and thus has reached the maximum expansion stage for regional representation.

Department for Management and Economics receives ACBSP accreditation

Quality certificate for all MBA and MSc degree courses offered by the Department for Management and Economics at Danube University Krems

The Department for Management and Economics at Danube University Krems has been awarded the quality seal for all master degree courses by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Foundation (ACBSP). The accreditation concludes the comprehensive quality control process conducted at the Danube Business School in Krems.

CeDEM17: Digital task forces and “analytical activism”

Conference on e-democracy and open government at Danube University Krems themes social media

The effects of digitalization on politics, administration and democracy were the core theme at CeDEM17, an annual event organized by the Department for E-Governance and Administration at Danube University Krems. This year, social media was a pivotal topic at the e-democracy and open government conference attended by 90 experts from 27 countries.

“Operation Dementia”: extended vocational training for police force

Professor at Danube University Krems develops e-learning program to help police officers deal with persons suffering from dementia

“Operation Dementia” is the name of a learning program developed by Univ. Prof. Dr. Stefanie Auer from Danube University Krems in collaboration with MAS Alzheimer Help and the security academy of the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs. More than 2,500 police officers in Austria have already completed the program. On 22 May 2017, the “Competence in Handling Dementia” certificate was awarded to 25 police departments.

Danube University Krems actively involved in post-earthquake reconstruction in Italy

Experts from Danube University Krems develop a strategy in Italy for the reconstruction of Accumoli, a town razed by earthquake

Experts from the “Renovation and Revitalization” degree course developed a concept on location to reconstruct the town of Accumuli after it was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in the summer of 2016. For Danube University Krems this signifies a considerable expansion of its engagement in the region, which began in 2010 with the restoration of a municipality in L’Aqulia. Central to these activities is rebuilding destroyed towns using modern anti-seismic technology whilst at the same time reconstructing the original condition. The town’s citizens are closely involved in the work to ensure that not only the towns are made earthquake-proof, but that public and business life is restored, too.

Danube University Krems Admitted to the Alliance of Sustainable Universities

The University for Continuing Education simultaneously joins Climate Change Center Austria

On 13 January 2017, Danube University Krems became the 10th member of the Alliance of Sustainable Universities. Rector Friedrich Faulhammer signed the memorandom of understanding on the occasion of the 18th Experts Conference. Also in January 2017, Faulhammer signed the membership agreement with Climate Change Center Austria, (CCCA)

Friedrich Faulhammer assumes presidency of DRC

The Rector of Danube University Krems takes office as President of the Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC)

Friedrich Faulhammer, Rector of Danube University Krems, was unanimously elected President by the General Assembly at the 25th Danube Rectors’ Conference in November 2016. He succeeds Prof. Doru Pamfil, Romania, as of 1 January 2017.

Christmas holidays until January 1

Opening hours at Christmas time

From December 24 to January 1 the team of Danube University Krems is on Christmas holidays. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy, successful New Year.

Danube University Krems honors outstanding achievement

Honorary professorships awarded to outstanding teachers and researchers

On 8 September 2016, Danube University Krems awarded honorary professorships to four people for their outstanding merit and service to the University of Continuing Education. In his welcome speech, Friedrich Faulhammer, Rector of Danube University Krems, described the awards as a visible sign of outstanding achievements in teaching and research and the strong commitment to the University.

Mission: Permanently magnetic materials

Danube University Krems participates in new development to make Europe’s key technologies more independent of critical raw materials

From mobile phone batteries to steels to light-emitting diodes: many products can only be produced using rare earths, which in Europe must almost always be imported at high prices. The Horizon2020 project Novamag, in collaboration with the Center for Integrated Sensor Systems at Danube University Krems, aims to develop permanently magnetic materials with a low percentage of rare earths to make Europe more independent of increasingly scarce raw materials.

Impetus for civic participation in city planning

The EU project SmartGov, coordinated by Danube University Krems, relies on Fuzzy Cognitive Maps to develop Smart Cities

Civic participation is currently the solution in urban planning, too. So-called “Fuzzy Cognitive Maps,” a simulation tool, will be used to facilitate planning decisions and to shed light on complex relationships more . Limassol in Cyprus and Quart de Poblet in Spain are the two pilot cities.

How much security does Europe need?

Danube University Krems’ fifth Globalization Forum in cooperation with the “House of the EU” in Vienna

“How much security does Europe need?” was the question posed by the European politician Othmar Karas, Lieutenant General Wolfgang Wosolsobe, OSZE special representative Martin Sajdik, the sociologist Reinhard Kreissl and the political scientist Daniela Pisoiu at the fifth Globalization Forum held 13 June 2016 at the “House of the EU.” One of the conclusions was that Europe’s future strongly depends on that of Africa.

More than 1,500 attendees graced the second Campus Ball with their presence

Danube University Krems, IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems and Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences combined education, research and region

More than 1,500 attendees graced the second Campus Ball with their presence on the evening of 11 June 2016—including numerous prominent guests from education, science, politics, business, art and culture. At the opening of the ball, the hosts—Danube University Krems, IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems and Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences— described the event as a complete success and emphasized the social benefit of this event for fostering dialogue between education, science and research and the populace and students, educators and staff. With a spectacular program, the ball committee served up lots of entertainment and variety, which included the enthusiastically received “Dancing Stars” couple Heidi Neururer and Andy Pohl.

2007-2016: Ten Years of Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government!

CeDEM16 was held 18-20 May 2016 at the Danube University Krems

Organised by the Center for E-Governance at the Danube University Krems, the CeDEM conference focuses on current research and developments in e-Democracy, Open Government, e-Participation and Open Data. Rector Friedrich Faulhammer, together with Peter Parycek, Noella Edelmann and Gerlinde Ecker welcomed nearly 100 participants from over 30 countries. The participants from academia, business and public administrations presented their work and research on a range of topics such as e-Democracy, e-Participation and attended workshops on virtual research environments, identity management, digital participation and the virtual commons. Further highlights included the international keynotes, an expert panel on “co-creation”, a PhD colloquium and the Open Space. The social events allowed for networking and developing ideas for future projects.

GovLabAustria established at Danube University Krems

Cooperation with Federal Chancellery provides scope for experiments to promote modern administration solutions

GovLabAustria, a cooperation between Danube University Krems and the Federal Chancellery, takes up its research and experimental activities as of immediately. Working in the lab are experts from Danube University Krems’ Department for E-Governance in Business and Administration and the Department for Knowledge and Communication Management. The e-governance expert Prof. Dr. Peter Parycek from Danube University Krems presented GovLabAustria at Innovate 2016, the conference on innovation management in the public sector, on 17 May at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Ulrike Guérot appointed professor

Europe expert becomes professor of European Policy and Study of Democracy at Danube University Krems

On 1 April, Dr. Ulrike Guérot was appointed university professor of European Policy and Study of Democracy at Danube University Krems in accordance with § 98 UG (Austrian University Act.) She studied political science, history and philosophy in Bonn, Muenster and Paris. In 2013, Guérot founded the “European Democracy Lab” in Berlin, a think tank concerning itself with European democratic issues, which she headed and will continue to preside over. Between 2006 and 2013 she also held other offices, such as Director of the ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations) Berlin Office. At Danube University Krems, Ulrike Guérot will head the new Department for European Policy and Study of Democracy within the Faculty of Business and Globalization.

Developing Higher Education in Serbia

Danube University Krems partner in Erasmus+ project

The international Erasmus+ project “Institutional framework for development of the third mission of universities in Serbia” (IF4TM) is focussing on higher education structural reforms and university-business cooperation in Serbia. Danube University Krems is one of 18 partner institutions in this project. In March, project partners from Serbia came to Krems for a study visit.

With faster diagnosis to targeted sepsis therapy

The Horizon 2020 project, in which Danube University Krems is involved, investigates more efficient diagnostic procedures

Approximately 7,500 people die of sepsis every year in Austria. Sepsis is a systemic inflammatory reaction to an infection. In the EU-financed research project “Next Generation Sepsis Diagnosis” ten international partners - among them Danube University Krems - are investigating methods to improve the diagnosis of this serious illness. The goal is to develop a swift procedure that will reduce the time required to identify the pathogens to hours instead of days. It will be applied where sepsis is the most common cause of death: hospital intensive care units.

Attila Pausits designated EAIR Chairman

Danube University Krems university researcher elected head of the largest European higher education research network.

EAIR, the European Higher Education Society, elected Dr. Attila Pausits as its new Chairman at the board meeting in mid-March 2016. Pausits heads the Center of Educational Management and Higher Education Development at Danube University Krems.

Shaping the Region: Giftedness within the perspective of Lifelong learning

15th ECHA conference at the Danube University Krems discussed the role of lifelong learning

The 15th International ECHA Conference "Talents in Motion” that targeted the challenges of gifted education and talent management took place between 2nd and 5th of March in Vienna and Krems. The role of lifelong training in the promotion of gifted children, young people and adults in rural areas was the focus of the afternoon events at the Danube University Krems on the third conference day. Conclusion: An effective talent development is required for the integration of giftedness into the concept of lifelong learning. Learning infrastructures should be built with this purpose in the region.

Migration as a Crucial Challenge

Symposium Dürnstein, with the participation of Danube University Krems, discussed the current crises of confidence

At the Symposium Dürnstein from 10-12 March, titled “Trust in Uncertain Times”, international experts discussed the many current crises of confidence in democracy, the media and financial system. All participants in the discussion agreed that migration is currently Europe’s greatest and most urgent challenge. The migration researcher Gudrun Biffl and financial expert Gottfried Haber represented Danube University Krems at the symposium.

Jaakko Tuomilehto again one of the most-cited researchers in the world

Endowed professor at Danube University Krems on the Thomson Reuters list of Highly Cited Researchers

Prof. Jaakko Tuomilehto, Head of the Center for Vascular Disease Prevention at Danube University Krems, is once again among the top 1 percent of the most-cited researchers, according to the 2015 Thomas Reuters list of Highly Cited Researchers. The ranking currently includes 3,126 elite researchers working in the natural and social sciences. Tuomilehtos’ publications were cited 51,150 times between 2003 and 2013, and more than 110,000 times during his entire career.

Vice Rector Kil elected to the AUCEN Board

Danube University Krems now represented on the Board of the Austrian Continuing Education and Staff Development Network.

Monika Kil, Vice-Rector for Academic Teaching/Scientific Continuing Education at Danube University Krems, was elected to the Board at a meeting of the Austrian Continuing Education and Staff Development Network, or AUCEN, on 24.11.2015. Kil aims to draw even more attention to continuing education as part of universities’ range of services.

World Stroke Organisation elects new Presidents for next period

World Stroke Organisation elects new Presidents for next period: Professor Werner Hacke, University of Heidelberg and Professor Michael Brainin, Head of the Department for Clinical Neuroscience and Preventive Medicine at Danube University Krems, as dual Presidency.

23. Cochrane Colloquium: Filtering the Information Overload

Cochrane Austria Organizer at Danube University Krems

For the first time, Austria hosts a Cochrane Colloquium. Until Wednesday, 7 October, more than 1,300 attendees from more than 60 nations will be discussing solutions in the battle against the flood of medical information. The colloquium, titled “Filtering the information overload for better decisions” was organized by Cochrane Austria, located at the Department of Evidence-based Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at Danube University Krems.

Upgraded eLearning platform of the World Stroke Academy goes online

During the Asia Pacific Stroke Conference 2015 in Kuala Lumpur the upgraded eLearning Platform of the World Stroke Academy has been introduced by Prof. Michael Brainin who acts as Editor-in-Chief of the World Stroke Academy.

University Open House attracts many Visitors

To commemorate its 20th Anniversary, Danube University Krems invited the Public to take part in many Festivities – and some interesting “hands on” Experiences

More than 1,000 visitors from Krems and surroundings came to the University’s Open House on Friday, October 2. They followed an invitation by Danube University Krems to celebrate 20 years of continuing education. The visitors were treated to an entertaining and informative afternoon: “hands on” research stations, ORF NÖ Radio 4/4 live, a scientific discussion with cabaret artist Ciro De Luca, Campus tours through the history of the site, and many other highlights.

Danube University Krems marks 20th Anniversary with Ceremony

Rector Faulhammer underscored the innovative role since the foundation and promised even more emphasis on Danube University Krems’ social responsibility in future. The ceremony, under the banner of “Universities for the Future,” was attended by more than 500 guests from politics, business and the higher education sector.

Friedrich Faulhammer re-elected as Rector

Following a unanimous vote by the Danube University Krems Senate, the University Council, during yesterday’s session, re-elected the incumbent Rector Friedrich Faulhammer. Both the Senate and University Council votes were unanimous.

New Danube University Krems Research Report available

Danube University Krems once again boosts its research performance

Danube University Krems’ Research Report 2013 to 2015 is here. It demonstrates that, once again, more funding for research was obtained and that the number of scientific publications has significantly increased. The report presents the range of research at the University of continuing education, which seeks answers to core societal challenges.

President of AQ Austria presents Certificate at Danube University Krems

Rector Faulhammer: “Our road to quality confirmed”

The Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation, AQ Austria for short, certified Danube University Krems’ quality management system.

Psychotherapy becomes more accessible

A cooperation between the Danube University Krems and the Lower Austrian aid organization “Hilfswerk” brings relief to patients in Lower Austria

Thanks to this cooperation, future psychotherapists at the Danube University Krems will as of immediately receive the status “Student Psychotherapist under Supervision”, allowing them to complete their practical training in all family and counselling centers of the Lower Austrian aid organization “Hilfswerk.” For patients, this means area-wide access to psychotherapy in all of Lower Austria, and hence shorter waiting periods and better health care.

What's your database?

Psychotherapy Symposium at Danube University Krems

How useful and diagnostically significant are clinical mental health studies? To what extent is the data from such studies measurable and comparable? These are the central questions that will be asked on 3 October at the Psychotherapy Symposium held at Danube University Krems, titled "What's your database?"

International Higher Education Management in Krems

37th EAIR Forum at the Danube University Krems

From 30 August to 2 September, Danube University Krems hosted the 37th Forum of the European Higher Education Society EAIR, the largest scientific conference on higher education management in Europe. The central theme of the conference was the positioning of higher education institutions. Approximately 300 attendees from 46 countries came to the conference chaired by Attila Pausits, Head of the Centre for Educational Management and Higher Education Development at Danube University Krems, to discuss topics that included governance, innovation and leadership in the context of higher education development.

Info-Pamphlets about Early Cancer Diagnosis Inadequate

A study conducted by Danube University Krems compared information pamphlets in Austria, Germany and Switzerland

A new study by the Department of Evidence-Based Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at Danube University Krems, during which the quality of information pamphlets about early cancer diagnosis in the German-speaking cancer aid institutions was compared, revealed that Austria ranks lowest. The study will be presented at the 23rd Cochrane Colloquium, 3 – 7 October in Vienna.

Danube University Krems at the European Forum Alpbach 2015

Vice-Rector Viktoria Weber and Stefan Sagl, Head of the Office for Communication, participate in work groups and international symposium

“Dynamics happen at the boundary between theory and practice.” Viktoria Weber, Vice-Rector of Research at Danube University Krems, shared her experiences in translational research at this year’s Alpbach Technology Symposium from 26 to 28 August 2015. Stefan Sagl, Head of the Office for Communication, chaired an international symposium on the topic “Higher Education Institutions in Society” during the discussions about higher education.

First Graduation Ceremony of the Double Degree Program Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Konyang University and Danube University Krems award academic degrees to the first graduates

Konyang University, Daejeon, South Korea/Krems: On Friday, 21 August 2015, the first graduation ceremony of the double degree program "Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy" was held at Konyang University, South Korea. The Danube University Krems awarded the first graduates of the program academic degrees in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Professor Stefan Nehrer was also appointed Honorary Professor of Konyang University on the occasion.

Peter Parycek Appointed Professor

Legal informatics scientist and internationally renowned expert appointed University Professor of E-Governance at Danube University Krems

In July 2015, Peter Parycek assumed his role as University Professor of E-Governance at the Danube University Krems. The legal scholar of international standing is an expert in issues relating to internet-based, democratic processes and open governance strategies. With this professorship he also heads the Department for E-Governance and Administration at the Danube University Krems.


Research Pioneer at the Danube University Krems deceased

Dieter Falkenhagen, former Head of the Department for Health Sciences and Biomedicine at Danube University Krems, passed away on 11 August. “The news of his death fills us with great sorrow. We have lost a personality whose pioneering spirit and exceptional commitment will forever remain part of the Danube University Krems,” said Rector Friedrich Faulhammer.

Campus Ball Krems: A triumph for Education, Science and the Region

More than 1,400 guests attended the first joint Campus Ball Krems held on the evening of 13 June 2015, with many VIPs from the sectors of education, science, politics, business, art and culture.

The organizers – Danube University Krems, IMC University of Applied Sciences and Karl Landsteiner Private University of Health Sciences – appeared delighted at the opening to see the keen interest shown by the populace as well as the students, the teaching staff and employees. The spectacular program devised by the ball committee ensured that a good time was had by all.

Extracellular vesicles and their role in inflammatory processes

The CD Laboratory for Innovative Therapy Approaches in Sepsis at the Danube University Krems hosted international symposium

The symposium on extracellular vesicles and their role in inflammatory processes took place on 7 and 8 May at the Danube University Krems. It not only discussed the central role that microvesicles play as messengers between cells, but also their role as possible diagnostic markers. Professor Phil Stahl briefly summed up the questions that still remain unanswered after more than thirty years of vesicle research.

President of the World Stroke Organization visits Krems

WSO President Stephen Davis on Recent Advances in Acute Stroke Care at the Danube University Krems ESO Stroke Master Course

On April 20, 2015 Stephen Davis, President of the World Stroke Organization, gave a ,,Special Lecture'' at the opening of this year's ESO Master in Stroke Medicine Programme. The Lecture was attended by the 37 doctors attending the course.

Christmas holidays until January 6, 2015

Opening hours at Christmas time

From December 24 to January 6 the team of the Danube University Krems is on Christmas holidays. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy, successful New Year.

The Danube Region – From the Idea to the Implementation

Conference at Danube University Krems discussed opportunities and limits of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region

High ranking representatives of the Danube region met on November 12, 2014, in Krems at the third conference on the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). The focus of the discussions was on the approach to the developments in the countries of the Danube region so far and common research projects to strengthen the European integration.

New international Master Study Program “Media Arts Cultures“

EU promotes study program with 1.8 million Euros – starts August 2015

The European Commission promotes the implementation of the new international master study program “Media Arts Cultures“ at Danube University Krems within the framework of its “Excellence Program Erasmus+” with 1.8 million Euros. This is the first time that an Austrian university succeeded to recruit and coordinate two renowned European joint degree programs. Already since 2012 the Erasmus Mundus Master Study Program “Research and Innovation in Higher Education“ has been conducted at Danube University Krems. Austria Mundus+ approved international initiation financing for both programs.

Erasmus-Mundus-Program for Higher Education Development re-launched

Students from 14 countries in Danube University Krems’s international exchange program

The third course of studies of the European mobility program “Master in Research and Innovation in Higher Education – MARIHE” started on October 1, 2014, at Danube University Krems with a symposium on international development in the higher education sector. The first MARIHE graduates’ graduation ceremony marked the ceremonial conclusion of the launch event.

Danube University Krems joins the university and research network “Eurasia-Pacific Uninet”

Rector Faulhammer: “Another step in our internationalisation strategy”

Danube University Krems has joined the university and research network “Eurasia-Pacific Uninet”, consisting of about 150 universities, colleges as well as science and research institutions in the Eurasia-Pacific area.

Danube University Krems cooperates with Stanford University

Long-term cooperation in the research sector agreed

Danube University Krems and the renowned Stanford University will cooperate closely in the research sector. A respective document was signed by those responsible for the project at the Department for Business Law and European Integration at Danube University Krems and the Program in Law, Science and Technology at Stanford Law School.

This is how important continuing education really is

European study shows benefits of lifelong learning

The EU-project “Benefits of lifelong learning” (BeLL) collected data on the benefits of continuing education in Europe for the first time. The survey, with participation of Monika Kil of Danube University Krems, provides valuable foundations in the continuing education research sector. Over 8,500 respondents from ten countries show that, besides the acquisition of knowledge, continuing education contributes to personal vitality, social inclusion, openness and tolerance.

Minister Mitterlehner visited Danube University Krems

“Am impressed by the development” – Start of PhD-studies planned for 2014

Reinhold Mitterlehner, Minister for Science and Research, visited Danube University Krems on Wednesday, February 26, to keep informed about the teaching- and research activities at the University for Continuing Education.

Government decides on right to award doctorates to Danube University Krems

Rector Faulhammer: Important step towards full university status for University for Continuing Education

The government decided in the Council of Ministers on January, 29, 2014 to present the draft legislation concerning the right to award doctorates for Danube University Krems to the National Council for approval.

The crisis and the good life

International Symposion Dürnstein March 6 to 8

Once a year international speakers meet at the “Symposion Dürnstein“ at Wachau to discuss controversial global problems. The third symposion, taking place from March 6 – 8, 2014, will focus on the subject “The crisis and the good life“. What constitutes a good life and what are the requirements for a good life? Against the background of uncertain times, a wide range of topics will be discussed, from work and age via human rights and capital to nature, spirituality and science. The Faculty of Business and Globalization at Danube University Krems will also contribute to the extensive program.

Danube University Krems intensifies its cooperation with Lomonosov University Moscow

Exchange in the sector international business- and IT-topics

Danube University Krems wishes to intensify its cooperation in teaching and research with Moscow’s biggest university, the state-run Lomonosov University. This was announced in passing at a meeting of ambassadors on the occasion of the Austrian National Holiday in Moscow in the presence of Governor Erwin Pröll.