Records of more than 850 inventions created over the past ten years attests to the passion for research and wealth of innovation found in the Styrian universities. On November 24, 2015, over 100 researchers from the University of Graz, Medical University and Technical University of Graz were honored at a ceremonial event organized by WTZ Süd in the main auditorium of the University of Graz. As part of the TU Graz ceremony, the Nikola Tesla Medal was also awarded for the first time to the most successful inventor of the past five years, Gernot Kubin.

During her speech, the hostess of the ceremony, Rector Christa Neuper, thanked the researchers for their high level of “…creativity, with which they built a bridge to the economy.” The success of these ‘efforts to build bridges’ was demonstrated by the audience members present, as the numerous guests from academia and industry, fellow researchers, their relatives and university representatives congratulated the awardees. This sentiment was echoed in short presentations entitled “Success Stories”, which described examples of successful inventions to the interested audience.

Sincere thanks were also given to the organizing committee, which was composed of members of the three participating universities and WTZ Süd.

Impressions from the ceremony:

Eröffnung Neuper


Burker und Lippe

Neuper und Pieber





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 Pictures: ©Lunghammer

Written by: Medical University of Graz, MS
on: 17/12/2015