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Austria very proud of its scientists in North America



October 7, 2008

State Secretary Kranzl at Austrian Science Talks 2008 in Chicago

“The magical triangle of the future” – how to integrate research, industry and education - was the theme of the conference ‘Austrian Science Talks 2008’ in Chicago. Nearly 100 Austrian scientists and scholars currently working in North America met in Chicago to refresh their ties with the Austrian research scene and to exchange information. “Austria is very proud of its scientists working at many prestigious institutions in the U.S. and Canada and would like to keep a window of opportunity open if they would ever like to return to Austria”, stated Christa Kranzl, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology . Her delegation included the who’s who of Austrian research (Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austrian Research Promotion Agency , Austrian Research Centers , the science editor of the Austrian National News Agency and brainpower Austria). Eva Schernhammer, President of the Austrian Association of Austrian scientists and scholars in North America (ASCINA) introduced her association as a way to stay connected.

“Being a rather small country, research in Austria is concentrated in some niches. Austrian competence in such issues like mobility and alternative energy sources, environment/pollution and housing of the future could be topics of increased cooperation with U.S. partners”, was the main message Ms. Kranzl conveyed to her U.S. partners.
Kranzl and her delegation met with Chicago Commissioner for Aviation Mr. Richard L. Rodriguez and Commissioner for the Environment Ms. Suzanne Malec-McKenna. A further highlight of her stay was a visit to the Argonne National Laboratory.