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Col­la­bo­ra­tively explo­ring vital cal­cium chan­nels

Innsbruck is an internationally renowned center for voltage gated calcium channel research. A new generation of scientists at the University of Innsbruck and the Medical University Innsbruck continues this successful path. Based on the FWF-funded doctoral program CavX, the researchers are investigating together a wide range of calcium channel properties and functions in health and disease using the most state-of-the-art methods.

Ivana Stiperski and the students from the Field Course in Alpine Meteorology setting up the instruments at the “Hochhäuser” i-Box station in the Inn Valley.

Tur­bu­lence: Decades-old the­ory gets a major remake

Turbulence plays an essential role in weather and climate, and correctly representing its effects in numerical models is crucial for accurate weather forecasts and climate projections. However, the theory describing the effect of turbulence has not changed since its conception in 1950s, despite the fact that it is not representative for the majority of the Earth’s land surface, especially over mountains and polar regions. The Innsbruck meteorologist Ivana Stiperski has now extended the turbulence theory to complex atmospheric conditions.

Gregor Weihs and Veronika Sexl each with a yellow safety helmet on their head

Three Clus­ters of Excel­lence in Inns­bruck

With highly endowed clusters of excellence, the Austrian Science Fund FWF creates Austrian flagships of basic research. The University of Innsbruck will coordinate the Cluster of Excellence for Quantum Sciences and is involved in two Clusters of Excellence on political, social and cultural developments in Eurasia and on materials for energy conversion and storage.

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Two-dimen­si­o­nal quan­tum freeze

Researchers at ETH Zurich and TII Abu Dhabi, with the support of quantum optics theorists from Innsbruck, Austria, have succeeded in simultaneously cooling the motion of a tiny glass sphere in two dimensions to the quantum ground-state. This represents a crucial step towards a 3D ground-state cooling of a massive object and opens up new opportunities for the design of ultra-sensitive sensors.

Die Rückseite eines Hochleistungscomputers mit Kabeln und grün leuchtenden Lampen

High-per­for­mance com­pu­ter with quan­tum copro­ces­sor

ith 9 million euros in funding from the NextGenerationEU recovery plan for Europe, the University of Innsbruck will combine a quantum computer with a supercomputer in the coming months. The novel system will be used in various fields such as computer science, physics, mathematics and beyond and will be open to all scientists in Austria for research and teaching.

A cover image of the Journal of Physical Chemistry A, with a cosmic cloud in the background.

Tra­cing the ori­gin of life

A team of scientists from France and Austria has discovered a new abiotic pathway for the formation of peptide chains from amino acids - a key chemical step in the origin of life. The current study provides strong evidence that this crucial step for the emergence of life can indeed occur even in the very inhospitable conditions of space.

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Rina Alluri is the new UNESCO Chair­hol­der in Inns­bruck

On 26 January, peace researcher Rina M. Alluri was inducted as the new UNESCO Chairholder for Peace Studies in Innsbruck. She succeeds Wolfgang Dietrich and is also co-director of the Master's programme "Peace and Conflict Studies".

Flagge der Ukraine weht im Wind.

War in Ukrai­ne: Uni Inn­bruck helps

The University of Innsbruck is dismayed by the war in Ukraine. A crisis team has been set up to deal with the situation and is working on concrete steps to support cooperation partners

28,106 Students all in 2022
4,000 Lectures per semester in the year 2022
62.9 million Euro third party funding and other revenue in the year 2022