University of Innsbruck
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Uni­ver­sity of Inns­bruck focu­ses on Mas­to­don

The communications team at the University of Innsbruck will increasingly rely on the microblogging service Mastodon for science communication. Mastodon is a non-commercial and data protection-friendly platform with functions similar to the former Twitter. For this purpose, an instance has been created at on university servers, which is open to the university's organizational units. The active use of X will be significantly reduced.

A weather station in front of a field in the Andes

From Gla­ciers to Rain­fall: Ten Years in the Andes

Scien­tists at the Univer­sity of Innsb­ruck have been studying the water cycle and glaciers in the Andes near Huaraz in nort­hern Peru for a long time. They recently docu­mented a prev­iously unrep­orted rainfall phenom­enon. These light rainf­alls, known locally as "Pushpa", mark the beginning of the sowing season. Their unpre­dicta­bility from one year to the next com­plicates matters for farmers, a situa­tion poten­tially wors­ened by climate change.

Snow cannon

Sustaina­bi­lity of arti­fi­cial snow on ski-slo­pes

Researchers from the Universities of Innsbruck and Waterloo have studied the environmental impact of artificial snowmaking and its effect on the sustainability of ski tourism with Canada as an example. High water and energy consumption and the associated CO2 emissions are a burden on the environmental balance sheet; energy from renewable sources can make winter sports considerably more sustainable.

Two people standing in front of a large ice cliff

Ice cliffs as an early war­ning sys­tem for the cli­mate

It is rare to find glaciers bounded on land by vertical ice cliffs. These ice cliffs respond with particular sensitivity to environmental changes. Research teams from Tyrol and Styria are investigating ice formations at a site in the far north of Greenland. The researchers intend to draw conclusions about the development of the Arctic climate based on the changes in the glacier walls. 

Illustration of experiment

Inter­ac­ting polarons

In physics, quasiparticles are used to describe complex processes in solids. In ultracold quantum gases, these quasiparticles can be reproduced and studied. Now, for the first time, Austrian scientists led by Rudolf Grimm have been able to observe in experiments how Fermi polarons – a special type of quasiparticle – can interact with each other. Their findings have been published in Nature Physics.

a quantum gas microscope

Deep look into the dipo­lar quan­tum world

In a groundbreaking collaboration, two world-leading research groups, one led by Francesca Ferlaino and one by Markus Greiner, have joined force to develop an advanced quantum gas microscope for magnetic quantum matter. This state-of-the-art instrument reveals intricate dipolar quantum phases shaped by the interactions as reported in Nature.

Trucks on a freeway

Cross-alpine tran­sit pro­tests

When the large highways crossing the Austrian and Swiss Alps were built, citizens’ movements protesting the transalpine traffic started to form in both countries from the 1970s onwards. They found common ground in blaming EU policy but overall employed distinct methods, also with varying success, and never really joined forces. In a recent project, historians in Innsbruck, Basel and Munich made these two environmental initiatives the subject of their comparative research. 

AI-generated image: A humanoid robot writes on a sheet of paper with a pen.

New Cour­se: A Mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary Jour­ney into Gene­ra­tive AI

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) is on everyone's lips. In response to this hot topic, the Digital Science Center (DiSC) has designed an interdisciplinary course specifically aimed at giving students a basic understanding of the underlying principles of this technology and its far-reaching impact on various fields. It will start in the coming winter semester.

Landscape of Emotion Research


Landscape of Emotion Research

Emotions are a widely researched phenomenon in many academic disciplines such as psychology, neuroscience, sociology, industrial design, and business administration. In p... [weiter]

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