Joanneum Research

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JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
Type Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung
Industry Applied research, R&D, consulting


1984 (as GmbH)
Headquarters Graz, Austria
Key people Dr. Wolfgang Pribyl (CEO)
Revenue 10.2 million (2009/2010)
Owners Province of Styria and TNO
Employees 437 (April 2011)

JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH is one of the largest non-academic research institutes in Austria. Besides its headquarters in Graz it is also based in Weiz, Hartberg, Leoben, Niklasdorf and Vienna. 90 percent of the company are owned by the province of Styria, since 2004 10 percent are held by the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).

Research Areas and Institutes[edit]

Research is performed in five institutes, each comprising three to six research groups.

Institute for Surface Technology and Photonics (MATERIALS)[edit]

  • Micro- and nanostructuring
  • Light and optical technologies
  • Laser processing
  • Sensor systems
  • Functional surfaces

Institute for Biomedicine and Health Sciences (HEALTH)[edit]

  • Biomedical technology and monitoring
  • Bioanalytics and metabolomics
  • Core unit health sciences

Institute for Information and Communication Technologies (DIGITAL)[edit]

Institute for Water, Energy and Sustainability (RESOURCES)[edit]

  • Water resources and environmental analysis
  • Geophysics and geothermics
  • Energy and bioresources

Institute for Economic and Innovation Research (POLICIES)[edit]

  • Technology, innovation and policy consulting
  • Statistical applications
  • Regional policy, risk and resource economics


The name JOANNEUM RESEARCH is derived from Archduke John (1782-1859), who was very interested in natural sciences. The slogan of the company is „The Innovation Company“.

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