University of Innsbruck
Founded in 1669, the Leopold-Franzens University Innsbruck is the largest university in the western part of Austria. Located at a traditional north-south crossroads connecting Europe, we are oriented internationally while positioned locally.
Learning from the long and sometimes problematic history of the University, we build bridges into the future. Our strength is managing seemingly conflicting topics in a productive manner: asking globally oriented but regionally motivated research questions; self-confidently breaking with well-established knowledge while consciously respecting traditions; and capitalizing on academic freedom while treating it responsibly. In this environment of balanced diversity everyone at the University acts as a member of society as well as a link to society.
This philosophy is reflected in our current main research areas: Alpine Space – Man and Environment, Cultural Encounters – Cultural Conflicts, Molecular Biosciences, Physics and Scientific Computing. All knowledge gained from our research is available to the public to initiate, foster and advance informed discussions and sometimes vigorous debates inside and outside of the academic world.