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1 IST Austria: Institute of Science and Technology Gerald Murauer November 18, 2011

2 The Eight Principles behind IST Austria (Harari, Kuebler, Markl)

3 Starting From Scratch: Trying to Build the Best of All Worlds

4 International Scientific Careers

5 The Spirit of IST Austria International Institution: Science, scientific support, Kindergarten, schools, etc. Objectives: 1. Performing world-class research. 2. Training world-class scientists. Scientific excellence and promise as only hiring criterion: No predefined professorial slots or research topics. Centralized admission of PhD students. No internal hierarchies and boundaries: No departments; single, multi-disciplinary PhD program. Few scientific support staff: professors supervising students. Sharing of space and other resources.

6 A New Institution 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 IST created by Austrian law Campus opening (June) 1st lab building (Oct) Professors arriving 50 employees in July 2010 200 employees by the end of 2011 2nd lab building

7 2011 Cell Bio Evol Bio Comp Sci Neuro Sci Research Portfolio 4 research areas seeded: 20 research groups

8 20112016 6-8 interacting research areas: 40-45 research groups 4 research areas seeded: 20 research groups Cell Bio Evol Bio Comp Sci Evol Bio Cell Bio Comp Sci Physics Neuro Sci 6-8 profs Neuro Sci Math Research Portfolio -person before area -quality before speed

9 IST Austria – Research Clusters Computerscience Cell Biology - Biophysics Mathematical and Evolutionary Biology Neuroscience

10 Mathematical and Evolutionary Biology Nick Barton Jon Bollback Sylvia Cremer Caroline Uhler

11 Cell Biology - Biophysics Tobias BollenbachCalin Guet Michael Sixt Carl-Philipp HeisenbergHarald Janovjak Daria Siekhaus start: 2012

12 Neuroscience Jozsef Csicsvari Peter Jonas Gasper Tkacik Simon Hippenmeyer start: 2012 Ryuichi Shigemoto start:2013

13 Computer Science Krish Chatterjee Herbert Edelsbrunner Christoph Lampert Tom Henzinger Chris Wojtan Krzysztof Pietrzak Vladimir Kolmogorov

14 Scientific Service Units Franz Schäfer Computing & IT Ekaterina Papusheva Bioimaging Patrick Danowski E-Library Matthias Nowak Life Science Facilities Stefan Hipfinger Machine Shops Michael Schunn Pre-Clinical Facility

15 IST Scientists from 31 Nations* * per September 2011

16 IST Employees 2011 fulltime equivalent (November 1, 2011) Scientists96.5 Professors19 Postdocs36,5 PhD Students35 Student intern5 Staff Scientists1 Scientific Support36,75 Administration35 (+4 apprentices) TOTAL172,25

17 IST Austria Graduate School Biology, Computer Science, Neuroscience and interdisciplinary areas Application Deadline: January 15, 2012 Bachelor's or Master's degree required Program language: English Internationally competitive PhD salaries Campus Visit Day: November 26, 2011

18 First, unaffiliated phase: Courses; lab rotations; qualifying exam. 1 year for MS students; 1-2 years for BS students. Second, affiliated phase: Research; annual progress reviews; PhD thesis. 3-4 years. IST is committed to support scientific careers: Independence of students from projects. Thesis committee formed early to accompany student Our students success will be our success! IST Austria Graduate School

19 Public Funding – 290 million from Federal Government, thereof 195 million guaranteed (95 million from Federal Government conditioned on third-party funds) – 140 million from Lower Austria for construction Science Funding (ERC, FWF, HFSP): until 2011 about 20 million Euro – ERC Advanced Grants for Nick Barton, Tom Henzinger, Peter Jonas – ERC Starting Grants for Sylvia Cremer, Krzysztof Pietrzak, Krishnendu Chatterjee, Jozsef Csicsvari, Michael Sixt Donations: currently 17 million Euro – Bertalanffy Foundation: 10 million – Voestalpine, Raiffeisen: 2 million each – OMV, Mondi: 1 million each Long-term: licensing of Intellectual Property The Budget 2007-2016

20 Research Grants * FUNDING AGENCYAMOUNT GRANTED ERC European Research Council 13.166.413 FWF Austrian Science Fund 1.773.550 DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft 951.622 EC Framework Program 7 3.719.602 NSF National Science Foundation 114.338 HFSP Human Frontier Science Program 550.000 Others 205.021 TOTAL 20.703.439 *Oct. 2011

21 IST Austria Donors Bertalanffy Foundation Laboratory Building Raiffeisen Lecture Hall voestalpine Administration Building Mondi Seminar Center

22 The Campus in 2016/2017


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