Award for Digitalization Research, sponsored by 

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Once a year, the Digital Science Center (DiSC) solicits applications for the Award for Digitalization Research (DiSC Award). The award 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.

Applicants must be nominated by their main supervisor. Each main supervisor may nominate at most one thesis per category.

The 2024 call is closed and we no longer accept applications. The next call for the DiSC Award will be announced here and on the university's research promotion website.

2023 call

The following theses earned accolades in 2023...

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


Nina Hotter, BSc MSc
Topic: A systematic literature review on the evalution of eye-tracking data in research studies through machine learning algorithms
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Eckhardt
Research area: Information systems

Jacqueline Kowalski, BA MSc
Topic: Augmented Futures. Wie können digitale Zukünfte in öffentlichen Räumen (Parks) gestaltet werden?
Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Tabea Bork-Hüffer
Research area: Digital geographies & augmented realities

Dipl.-Ing. Larissa Anna Loacker, BSc
Topic: VON BIM ZU TIM – Erforderliche Kompetenzen für die digitale Zukunft im Tunnelbau
Supervisors: Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. techn. Matthias Flora, Univ. Ass. Prof. Dr. Heike Welte
Research area: Tunnel Information Modeling (TIM)

The awards ceremony took place on 3 October 2023.

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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