Award for Digitalization Research, sponsored by Logo BE-terna

Once a year, the Digital Science Center (DiSC) solicits applications for the Award for Digitalization Research (DiSC Award). The awared is sponsored by BE-terna.

Eligible candidates: early-stage researchers from any scientific discipline at the University of Innsbruck.


  • Master's theses or Diplom Theses; prize money: €500
  • Doctoral theses; prize money: €1000

Topic: The thesis must demonstrate a clear relation to digitalization, either with regard to methods or content.

The 2023 call is closed and we no longer accept your applications. The next call for the DiSC Award will be announced here and on the website of the Research Promotion Office (Forschungsförderung).

2022 call

The following theses earned accolades in 2022...

...for the "doctoral thesis" category:


Victoria Alexandra Reibenspiess, BSc MSc PhD
Topic: Digital Innovation Actors
Supervisors: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckhardt, Associate Prof. Michelle Carter, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrich Remus
Research area: Management and Business Informatics

Honorable Mention

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Martin Oberascher
Topic: Innovative Concepts and Applications for Smart Water Cities
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Robert Sitzenfrei
Research area: Environmental Engineering


...for the "Master's or Diplom theses" category:


Nils Augustin, BA MSc
Topic: Decentralized Autonomous Organizations - Community Perceptions and Insights in Decision-Making Processes
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckhardt
Research area: Information Systems

Max Burkhardt, BSc MSc
Topic: Do workers reject algorithmic control? Elucidating rejective behavior in response to algorithmically imposed control among workers on microtasking platforms
Supervisors: Mag. Dr. Kathrin Figl, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrich Remus
Research area: Business Informatics

Julia Petz, BEd MEd
Topic: Überwinden von epistemologischen Denkhürden im Bereich des Bruch- und Prozentrechnens mittels Shiny Apps
Supervisor: Dipl.-Ing. Mag. Mag. Dr. Florian Stampfer
Research area: Mathematical Didactics

The awards ceremony took place on 27 September 2022.

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