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International Academy Traunkirchen

The International Academy Traunkirchen was founded in 2009 by quantum physicist Anton Zeilinger with the objectives to foster gifted young people in the fields of science and technology and to boost enthusiasm for research. The programme is based on face-to-face encounters with scientist who work on crucial and topical problems. This approach can be found in the various offers of the academy.

Our target groups:
Pupils: In one-day courses pupils have the possibility to meet scientists and dive into one of the topics they work on. The courses are age-specific and cover a variety of STEM-disciplines – astrophysics, stem cell research, quantum physics, mechatronics, to name a few.

Students and junior researchers: Highly motivated students and early stage researchers of Austrian Universities are invited to meet internationally recognised researchers and artists in workshops to discuss interdisciplinary topics.

Researchers and artists: The Resident Fellow Programme offers researchers and artists a quiet environment to work on projects, theses or publications. Furthermore, research institutions may take advantage of the remote location and inspiring scenery to use the premises of the academy for retreats, project meetings or small conferences.

Public: Throughout the year, people interested in recent findings in science are invited to a series of public lectures by highly acclaimed experts. These events, too, follow the principle of promoting gifted young people. A cooperation with Anton Bruckner Private University allows students and recent graduates to present their musical talent at these public lectures.

The International Academy Traunkirchen is generously supported by the Upper Austrian Regional Government.


Mag. Judith Markmann

Mag. Judith Markmann