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TU Graz – Science for Future

Science shapes the future. At the annual interdisciplinary science day TU Graz – Science for Future, researchers from TU Graz demonstrate how they are stepping up to meet societal challenges in all disciplines with innovative technologies and helping to shape our future.

Edition 1 of the TU Graz Science for Future event that will be held in autumn 2021 is dedicated to a topic vital to our future: climate and energy. Scientists from all five key research areas at TU Graz – the Fields of Expertise – will discuss these topics in the context of their field of activity, present new interdisciplinary research approaches and discuss these new technologies with our guests from science, industry and society.

In addition to excellent keynote speeches, you can expect a mix of workshops and lectures, a panel discussion and an accompanying poster exhibition. The event also offers ample opportunity for professional exchange and networking. This day offers another highlight: the award ceremony for the research photo competition TU Graz SciPix – Research in Focus.

You will be able to find the detailed programme on this website from May and on.

2021: Climate and Energy

29 September 2021

TU Graz, Campus Alte Technik,
Rechbauerstraße 12, 8010 Graz

Languages: German and English

Registration required.


Claudia Kemfert

Guest Keynote Speaker Claudia Kemfert

Claudia Kemfert heads the Energy, Transport, Environment Department at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and is a Professor of Energy Economics and Energy Policy at Leuphana University. She is an economic expert in the fields of energy research and climate protection. In 2016, she was appointed to the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) and received the German Solar Prize and the Adam Smith Prize for Market-based Environmental Policy.

She is active on advisory boards at various research institutions, federal and state ministries and the EU Commission. Since 2011, she has been a member of the Presidium of the German Association of the Club of Rome.

Claudia Kemfert is a multi-award-winning top researcher and sought-after expert for political and media events.

Gerhard Schickhofer
TU Graz Keynote Speaker Gerhard Schickhofer

Gerhard Schickhofer heads the Institute for Timber Engineering and Wood Technology and the holz.bau forschungs gmbh competence centre at TU Graz. For his groundbreaking work, especially in the area of cross-laminated timber, he has received several awards throughout his career, including the Josef Umdasch Research Prize in 1995 and the Marcus Wallenberg Prize in 2019.

Viktor Hacker
TU Graz Keynote Speaker Viktor Hacker

Viktor Hacker heads the Working Group for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Systems at the Institute of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology at TU Graz, where more than 25 researchers are currently working on low-temperature fuel cells and the production of high-purity hydrogen. Hacker studied mechanical engineering and business economics at TU Graz, obtained his doctorate in 1998 and habilitated in electrochemical energy technologies in 2004.


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Martin Wilkening
TU Graz Keynote Speaker Martin Wilkening

Martin Wilkening is head of the Institute for Chemistry and Technology of Materials, and his research focuses mainly on solid-state ion conductors. Wilkening studied chemistry and physics at the Leibniz Universität in Hannover, where he received his doctorate in physical chemistry in 2005 and his habilitation in 2012. He has been a Professor of Solid-State Physical Chemistry at TU Graz since 2011 and headed the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Lithium Batteries up until 2019.


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