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Competence Centres

Competence centres are research and transfer facilities within a certain economic area, in which businesses and scientific bodies work together. They include basic research just as much as industrial research and experimental developments. The University of Graz is involved in several competence centres:

ACIB: Next Generation Bioproduction

acib concentrates its advanced research along three main competence fields (Biotransformations, Microbial Systems Biotechnology, Biopharmaceutical Technologies) to enable focused thrusts towards breaking new scientific ground and achieving industrial developments far beyond state-of-the-art.

Next generation bioproduction is characterized by important paradigm changes, namely the application of synthetic biology integrated with various engineering disciplines and concepts of modularization and digitalization applied at all stages of the bioprocess design and development. The research addresses urgent needs of the biotech industries for their future growth and sustainable development in the markets of tomorrow. Flexible process technologies – showing intensified performance and meeting key economic benefit principles – enable a more reliable and better predictable process development and implementation as well as faster time to market. The important trend towards a tightened interconnection between the customer and the bioproduction, as implied in the upcoming fourth industrial revolution, is thus facilitated.

acib complements toplevel research by a tailored educational- and career development program for young scientists. The new Centre thus serves as important training ground for next generation human resources in industrial biotechnology.

Know-Center GmbH

Know-Center is one of Europe's leading research centers for Data-driven business and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Since 2001, well-known companies have been supported in using data as a success factor for their business. The center successfully handles numerous projects and contract research at EU and national level as an integral part of the European research landscape. The K1 Competence Center, which is funded by COMET, is the leading training center for data scientists in Austria and offers a range of AI training and consulting services to companies. In 2020, Know-Center was the only Austrian center to receive the iSpace Gold Award by the Big Data Value Association in the category “European Innovation Space”, which to date has only been awarded nine times throughout the entire EU.

Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering GmbH

This competence centre works with approx. 40 partners from the fields of business and science and, as a pre-competitive, business-friendly research society, contributes to the ongoing development and implementation of scientific knowledge in the field of pharmaceutical design and production and other related areas.

CBmed GmbH

CBmed, an Austrian funded competence center, links excellent research infrastructure, scientific expertise, medical knowledge, national and international industry partners for systematic medical biomarker research.

CBmed brings together scientific experts with leading pharmaceutical, diagnostic, medical-technology and IT industry partners. In addition, CBmed has a strong network in the area of Biobanking including the largest Biobank in Europe, Biobank Graz, and the European Biobanking network BBMRI-ERIC. CBmed research projects will identify new biomarkers, validate potential biomarkers and conduct translational biomarker research for products to be used in clinical practice.

CBmed will develop easily applicable, targeted, minimally invasive biomarkers for better diagnosis, better therapy monitoring and a more personalized treatment of patients.

Das virtuelle Fahrzeug Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

The key areas of research and development at the VIRTUAL VEHICLE are combining numerical simulation and experimental validation and developing a comprehensive system simulation up to the complete vehicle. The current project landscape ranges from deep investigation of individual technologies (e.g. traction batteries, specific aspects of lightweight, vehicle safety) to projects dedicated to bringing together various individual aspects to create a comprehensive vehicle perspective.

Wood Kplus

The Kompetenzzentrum Holz (Competence Centre Wood - Wood Kplus) is a leading research institution for wood and related renewable resources in Europe. Its core competencies are in materials research and process technology along the entire value chain - from raw materials to the finished product.

The University of Graz is involved as a scientific partner in "Market Analysis & Innovation Research". On the one hand, the "Market Analysis & Innovation Research" team supports the four technical research areas in the Competence Centre Wood with its well-founded, market-oriented know-how, thus ensuring a holistic view of the market and its structure. On the other hand, market-oriented questions are also dealt with independently. The team divides its expertise into three topics:

  1. market-oriented technology research
  2. forecasting models and sector simulation
  3. sustainability and life cycle assessment

Pro2Future, Products and Production Systems of the Future - Cognitve Decision Support

The COMET K1 research center Pro²Future (Products and Production Systems of the Future) with headquarters at the JKU Linz and other locations at the TU Graz and in Steyr is dedicated to researching cognitive products and production systems in the field of industrial information and communication technologies. In close cooperation with our scientific partners (JKU Linz, TU Graz, TU Munich, DFKI, University of Graz, and many more) and more than 40 corporate partners, we research beyond Industry 4.0 using artificial intelligence on cross-sectional topics relevant for business and research, such as pervasive AI, Causality, Explainable AI, Edge Analytics, Engineering for Distributed AI, Analytical User Guidance, Failsafe & Robust AI and AI for Sustainable Production.


Research Management and Service
Harrachgasse 21/6 (Vorklinik), 8010 Graz
Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 1287
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