OST Network and ASciNA Activities

The OST network of Austrian scientists abroad was established by the Office of Science & Technology (OST) at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC, and focuses on the outreach of government-related agencies to Austrian scientists in North America. Its main objective has been to support the scientific community with information and specific advice wherever necessary and requested.

Encouraged by the OST, an independent association - ASciNA (Austrian Scientists and Scholars in North America) - was founded in 2002 with local chapters being established all over the US and Canada. For further information about ASciNA please visit www.ascina.at.



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ASciNA Activities


ASciNA Austria
Contact: Günter Lepperdinger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On September 1, 2005, the ASciNA Chapter "Alumni Wien" came together with the current ASciNA Chapter "Boston" Leader, Dr. Eva Schernhammer of Harvard Medical School - Brigham and Women's Hospital. At Viennese Café-Restaurant Palmenhaus, the successful reunion of former "Boston" members who returned to Vienna in recent years with Dr. Schernhammer allowed them to catch-up on current ASciNA news and events and trade thoughts and ideas. The ASciNA "Alumni Wien" members have a strong interest in maintaining contact with their former Chapter and other Austrian scientists and scholars in North America as well as ASciNA members newly returned to Vienna.

ASciNA Alumni Vienna



ASciNA Washington, DC
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During the summer months, ASciNA Washington, DC Chapter braved the humidity and held a summertime BBQ get-together for its members. For the cooler fall months, the Chapter will begin its lecture series once more.

The Chapter was sorry to see one of its members, Dr. Elizabeth Greiner, return to Europe, but hopes she will be able to maintain contact with them while taking up contact with ASciNA Austria.



ASciNA Boston
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ASciNA Boston
has been very active this year. In April, the Chapter was well represented at the ASciNA Conference in Vienna. Chapter Directors Eva Schernhammer, Christine Mrakotsky, Klaus Podar und Clemens Foerst were available on-site to share information about the network. DiASciNA Boston Summer Festsplay materials included a scientific folder complete with bios of Boston Chapter members, a display poster describing Chapter activities and a handbook for female scientists with valuable "insider's view" information.

The Chapter has continued its monthly lecture series and even held a party at the MIT Boathouse. The events are well attended thanks to many new members joining the group.





Upcoming ASciNA Events

"Innovation Through Cooperation" is the theme for the upcoming Austrian Science Talks hosted by brainpower austria, in co-operation with ASciNA. The events will take place in San Diego on September 24 and in New York City on October 1, 2005. For more information on how to  participate in the Austrian Science Talks 2005, please contact  Charlotte Alber (brainpower austria, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..){/access}