Eurac Research

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Eurac Research
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Formation 1992
Purpose Applied research
Headquarters Bozen, Italy
Official language
English, German, Italian
President
Roland Psenner
Director
Stephan Ortner
Subsidiaries Rome, Vienna, Bruxelles
Budget
33,013,727 Euro (59% basic funding from the Province of Bozen, 41% third-party funds)[1]
Staff
391[2]
Website www.eurac.edu

Eurac Research is a private research center headquartered in Bozen, South Tyrol, the center has eleven institutes organized into four research areas: autonomies, mountains, technology and health. Eurac Research has around 200 partners spread across 50 countries. Eurac Research collaborates with international organizations such as the Alpine and Carpathian Conventions, UNEP and UNIDO in the context of sustainable development and energy technology, and also hosts the headquarters of the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention at its headquarters in Bolzano/Bozen.[3] Core funding is provided by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen, with additional financing coming from membership fees and European project funds.[4]

Mission[edit]

Eurac Research addresses the greatest challenges facing us in the future: people need health, energy, well-functioning political and social systems and an intact environment, the answers are sought in the interaction between many different disciplines. The three major research themes are: fit for living in, diversity as a life-enhancing feature, a healthy society.

Institutes[edit]

  • Institute for Minority Rights
  • Institute for Public Management
  • Institute for Comparative Federalism
  • Institute for Applied Linguistics​
  • Institute for Alpine Environment
  • Institute for Earth Observation
  • Institute for Regional Development​
  • Institute for Renewable Energy
  • Institute for Biomedicine
  • Institute of Mountain Emergency Medicine
  • Institute for Mummy Studies

Research infrastructure[edit]

Ancient DNA Laboratory: The lab is used by the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman for molecular analyses of ancient human remains. Researchers study Ötzi the Iceman and other mummies from around the world to understand their genomics and study ancient pathogens.[5] Biomedicine Laboratory: This lab of the Center for Biomedicine facilitates epidemiological and biomedical studies, the building contains traditional biomolecular equipment and is also home to a next-generation DNA sequencer.[6] Solar Technology and Building Envelope Laboratory: Located in the industrial area of Bozen, the laboratory of the Institute for Renewable Energy is a performance testing site for photovoltaic modules, solar thermal systems, as well as traditional and innovative building components that integrate these solar energy systems. Tests are carried out as part of research projects or at the request of companies that produce or market the products.[7] Satellite Receiving Station: The satellite receiving station of the Institute for Remote Sensing is located on the Horn of Renon (2,360 meters above sea level), the station receives real-time optical data from three satellites: NASA's Terra, Aqua and Suomi NPP. The Institute converts the data into maps in order to observe environmental phenomenon in the region.[8]

Headquarters[edit]

Since 2002 Eurac Research has been headquartered in a building known locally as the "ex–GIL”, situated near the downtown core of Bolzano at the confluence of the Talvera and Isarco rivers, the complex was built in the 1930s to house the Gioventù italiana del littorio (GIL) (English: Italian Youth of the Lictor), a youth movement of the National Fascist Party of Italy. Following the war and the fall of Mussolini, the building was renamed the "ex-GIL" and over the years has housed a cinema, a supermarket and shop, eventually falling into decline; in the early 1990s a decision was made to renovate the property to accommodate the newly established research center. In 1995, Graz architect Klaus Kada won an international competition for the building’s redesign. Kada maintained the heritage of the building by supplementing it with new glassed-in structures; the renovation of the facade brought back its original Pompeian red color. The building uses renewable energy and has absorption chillers for air conditioning.[9][10]

History[edit]

Eurac Research was founded in 1992; in its early years, twelve employees carried out research on language and law, alpine environment, minorities and autonomy. The first major project was a feasibility study for the foundation of a new university in Bozen, completed in 1997, over the years, the scope of research expanded to include management and corporate culture, genetic medicine, and renewable energy. In 2009 the Institute of Mountain Emergency Medicine was opened, followed by the Center for Biomedicine in 2011.[9]

Further reading[edit]

  • Stephanie Risse-Lobis: Eurac – ein Haus für die Europäische Akademie Bozen. Architektur – Geschichte – Wissenschaft. Vienna/Bozen: Folio publishing house, 2003. ISBN 3-85256-231-7.
  • Eurac: Tower to the People - Wissen schaf(f)t Kunst. Vienna/Bozen: Folio publishing house, 2010. ISBN 978-88-6299-025-7.
  • Eurac: Activity Report 2012/13. Esperia printing, Trento.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eurac: Activity Report 2016/2017. 2017,
  2. ^ Eurac: Activity Report 2016/2017. 2017.
  3. ^ Ständiges Sekretariat. Website der Alpenkonvention. Abgerufen am 17. Dezember 2013.
  4. ^ Eurac: Activity Report 2012/13. 2013, p. 14–15.
  5. ^ "EURAC-Mumienforscher eröffnen Hightech-Labor" (in German). Stol.it. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  6. ^ "Neues Labor des Zentrums für Biomedizin der EURAC vorgestellt: SüdtirolNews - News aus Südtirol". Suedtirolnews.it. 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  7. ^ ff - Südtiroler Wochenmagazin: In der Klimakammer. # 37 / 2012, September 13th, 2012, p. 56–58.
  8. ^ "Auf Rittner Horn installierte EURAC-Antenne ist umgezogen: SüdtirolNews - News aus Südtirol". Suedtirolnews.it. 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  9. ^ a b Stephanie Risse-Lobis: Eurac – ein Haus für die Europäische Akademie Bozen. 2003.
  10. ^ Michela Toni: Südtirol Architektur - Die Eigenheiten eines Gebietes am Beispiel von Gebäuden mit KlimaHaus-Standard EdicomEdizioni, Monfalcone 2013, S. 226-229.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 46°29′39″N 11°20′50″E / 46.4943°N 11.3472°E / 46.4943; 11.3472