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News

  • New Discovery in Treatment for Depression

    Austrian anesthesiologist Peter Nagele was recently recognized for his success in a small, pilot study in which laughing gas was given to patients with treatment-resistant depression. Amongst the 20 patients with clinical depression that had not been helped by former procedures, the researchers found that two-thirds experienced an improvement in symptoms after receiving nitrous oxide, with limited side effects. Nagele's team plans to recreate the same results with a larger test group. Such results suggest that the gas may be a possible treatment for depression in the future. For more information. 

  • Study Released on Data Bias from Social Media

    Austrian scientist Juergen Pfeffer, Assistant Research Professor at CMU, co-authored with McGill's Derek Ruths a commentary in the Nov 28 issue of the journal Science on "Social media for large studies of behavior". Thousands of research papers each year have been based on data gleaned from social media, a source of data that barely existed even five years ago. "Not everything that can be labeled as 'Big Data' is automatically great," Pfeffer says. One of the goals of this research was to raise awareness for the need to come up with new ways for scientists to manage and find ways of correcting for the bias inherent in the information gathered on social media such as Twitter. For more information. For more information. 

  • Austrian Technology Aids in Comet Landing

    On November 12 the European Space Agency lander Philae touched down on the Comet 67P, becoming the first spacecraft to ever land on a comet. The Austrian Space Research Institute developed the lander's anchor and two sensors within MUPUS, which are integrated into the anchor tips. The instruments indicate the temperature variations and the shock acceleration.The purpose of the lander is to now transmit data from the surface about the comet's composition. Researchers are particularly interested in this landing due to the unique information they now have access to with the comet, being that the Philae now sits on leftovers from the solar system’s construction 4.6 billion years ago. 

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  • Austria Joins NSF's GROW Initiative

    NSF President Cordova and FWF President Ehrenfreund formally signed the Letter of Intent today for Austria to join NSF's Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW). GROW is a coordinated effort that enhances international collaborative research opportunities for NSF Graduate Research Fellows. There are currently GROW agreements between NSF and science agencies in 16 countries. Under GROW, a streamlined and well-coordinated process has been developed to connect NSF GRFs to a number of strategically selected educational and research institutions around the world.

     

  • 2014 ASciNA Awards

    The Austrian Scientists and Scholars in Northern America (ASciNA) and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research (BMWF) presented the 2014 ASciNA Awards to Sonja Schmid, Mariella Gruber-Filbin and Simon Gröblacher. These prizes are awarded to scientists for outstanding publications within the last 12 months at North American research facilities in the two categories of "Young Principal Investigator" and "Young Scientist." For more information. 

     

Events

  • Austrian Scientist of the Year Lecture Recap

    Environmental historian Verena Winiwarter received the Austrian Scientist of the Year Award for 2014 and became the first in her field to be given this honor. On October 27 she gave a lecture on her research at the Embassy of Austria in Washington DC to discuss her research on the Danube River and how the mistakes of environmental history can be turned into lessons for a sustainable…
  • The Austrian Start-Up and Innovation Scene

    ABA-Invest in Austria and OSTA Washington hosted an event on the Austrian Start-up and Innovation Scene. Austria is offering one of the most attractive incentive systems for R&D activities in Europe, featuring substantial financing options for start-ups along with cash grants for later-stage companies. The event provided an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs, researchers and investors to learn more about Austria’s advantages as a location for innovative start-ups.…
  • Exhibition of Martin Karplus in Washington DC

    Austrian-born chemist, Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, and Nobel laureate Martin Karplus has spent the past fifty years consumed by a passion for documenting humanity in thousands of photographs. Sourced from Europe, Asia, and the Americas, his photographs capture societies at pivotal moments in their cultural and economic development in rich Kodachrome color. Come visit the exhibit January 14th, 2015 at the Austrian Embassy in Washington DC,…

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The Office of Science and Technology Austria
ost events"Bridging research and innovation between Austria and North America" is the mission of the Office of Science and Technology Austria (OSTA) at the Embassy of Austria in Washington, DC.
Our core competences are:
  • Expanding and maintaining RINA- an interdisciplinary network of Austrian researchers, R&D managers, and S&T policy experts in North America
  • Consulting and providing information - mainly via the OSTA's online quarterly Bridges -  on Austrian and North American science, research, and innovation policy
  • Providing support and advice for initiation of new R&D cooperation between Austrian and North American institutions
OSTA is the strategic interface in the science, research, and innovation policy between Austria and North America. Established in 2001, OSTA is an inter-ministerial initiative of the Austrian federal ministries BMEIA, BMWFW and BMVIT.