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.



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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




ASciNA Activities

At the ASciNA Board Meeting held in New York on October 2, 2005, Eva Schernhammer was elected to succeed Wolfgang Winkelmayer as president of ASciNA. Her goal is to further develop ASciNA's outreach activities. To achieve this goal, the ASciNA website will be improved and updated, new recruitment efforts are being initiated, and various chapters will be consolidated. Other plans for 2006 include the establishment of new chapters and increased involvement with ASciNA Austria, new fundraising efforts, and restructuring of ASciNA leadership.

ASciNA Greater Boston

Contact: Christine Mrakotzky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As of 2006, Christine Mrakotzky will assume leadership of the Greater Boston chapter. She succeeds Eva Schernhammer who was recently elected as president of ASciNA. The chapter will continue to host monthly meetings with lectures. Additionally, it is currently redesigning and updating its website. For more information, please contact her at the e-mail address above.


ASciNA New York
Contact: Maria Christina Binz-Scharf or Anton Korinek at greater This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ASciNA New York has new leadership: Maria Christina Binz-Scharf and Anton Korinek.

The chapter will now meet every third Thursday of each month. Locations will vary. Interested individuals can subscribe to the mailing list by sending a brief email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The chapter's most recent meeting was held on November 17 in Zanzibar, a cozy New York hotspot. The feedback was tremendously positive and the chapter would like to invite more individuals to take advantage of the network and the social opportunities it offers.

The chapter will meet again on December 15 at 7:30 PM at the coffee shop on Union Square.


ASciNA Washington DC
Contact: Ruth Pfeiffer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On November 29, a lecture was given by Karl Martin Hoffmann, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and was held at the National Institutes of Health. It was entitled "The exocrine pancreas as a model for signal transduction analysis: The role of Gab1 in growth signaling in rat pancreatic acini."


ASciNA Canada
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Contact for Montreal: Gregor Kos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Contact for Toronto: Daniel Gross at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Contact for Vancouver:
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Quite a few changes have taken place at ASciNA Canada since January 2005. Peter Ertl has returned to Austria and Daniel Gross has taken over the coordination of the Toronto chapter.

Since last spring a small group has been active in Montreal and Gregor Kos tries to bring interested people together.

Julius Halaschek-Wiener has not only started a subgroup in Vancouver, but also covers Washington state and Oregon in the restructured Pacific North chapter (see ASciNA Pacific North information below). As a result, ASciNA Canada is now active in three Canadian provinces, encouraging exchange among its members and providing information about studying and working in Canada to interested Austrians.

The webpage of ASciNA Canada (http://ascina.at/canada/) is up to date with recent contact information, upcoming meetings and events. Together we have started a list of frequently asked questions, which is available for download. It currently covers health insurance and financial issues with a focus on British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec.


ASciNA Pacific North
Contact: Julius Halaschek-Wiener at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Julius Halaschek-Wiener, who is based at the BC Cancer Agency's Genome Sciences Centre in Vancouver, was elected as the leader for the ASciNA Pacific North Chapter at the ASciNA Board Meeting on October 2, 2005 in New York. The chapter includes British Columbia, Washington state, and Oregon.

A smaller yet very active group of scientists in Vancouver informally meets on a regular basis to discuss science and interact socially. The group has plans to make these meetings a bit more informative by having short presentations of a member's research project(s) and touring their respective facilities. Each of these get-togethers will conclude with a happy hour. ASciNA members in Vancouver are primarily working at the University of British Columbia (UBC), the BC Cancer Agency, the Simon Fraser University (SFU), and at the University of Victoria (UVIC).

A major goal for the ASciNA Vancouver branch is to reach out and also include Washington and Oregon ASciNA members in its activities. Beginning in 2006, an annual chapter-wide meeting somewhere between Oregon and Vancouver is planned. ASciNA members in the US portion of the chapter are encouraged to get in contact with their immediate chapter group so ideas for the Annual ASciNA Pacific North Chapter Meeting can be developed into a realistic plan.{/access}