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TU Graz SciPix

TU Graz Research Photo Competition

TU Graz SciPix is a photo competition held at TU Graz, which focuses the spotlight on the diverse research being carried out at the Styrian research institution. TU Graz employees send in photos to show how colourful and exciting the scientific work at TU Graz is and to provide authentic insights into their daily research life.

The eight most beautiful photos will be placed on display in a touring exhibition starting in the fall of 2021. The photos will first be displayed on the Campus Alte Technik, then moved on to the Campus Neue Technik and finally displayed at the Campus Inffeldgasse. The exhibition is open to the public…come on by and enter the world of science at TU Graz!

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The Photos

How beautiful is research at TU Graz? We proudly display this beauty in the TU Graz SciPix photo competition. The competition focuses the spotlight on scientific work being carried out at TU Graz. TU Graz employees are inspired by the beauty of the scientific work and display it through an impressive photo.

All photos were judged in May by an expert jury for their aesthetic quality and scientific content. The most impressive photo won the jury prize.

Then it was all up to you: All the photos were publicly displayed, and a public poll was being taken. By giving and collecting “likes” for your favourite photo, you helped increase its chances of winning the public prize.

The Exhibition

Visit us from autumn 2021 and on and enjoy viewing the winning photos in the TU Graz SciPix exhibition!

The eight first-ranked pictures from the photo competition are on display at the Old Technology Campus in the basement of Rechbauerstraße 12 until mid-January 2022. After that, the pictures will move on to the New Technology Campus and finally to the Inffeldgasse Campus. We look forward to welcoming you to the exhibition!


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The tiny helpers of agriculture

Daria Rybakova, Institute of Environmental Biotechnology

Bacteria of the genus Serratia save rape plants from fungal attack. A confocal laser scanning microscope image shows how bacteria (green dots) colonise the plant root (red) to protect it against invaders (www.biocomes.eu).


The Geodesic Heart

Thomas Grandits, Institute of Computer Graphics and Vision

The origins of a heartbeat (green) are one of the main drivers of cardiac function. In our latest work, we investigated how shortest paths (geodesics, orange) can be used to trace these origins directly from the ECG (red).



Dangkhar landslide, Himalayas, Northern India

Markus Kaspar, Institute of Applied Geosciences

With a volume of 20 km³, the Dangkhar landslide represents one of the largest mass movements worldwide. Its geology, geomorphology and history of development were scientifically described and studied for the first time in the course of the dissertation.

Off into the future

Verena Reiter, HyCentA

With the fuel cell bicycle, which can be filled with green hydrogen at the HyCentA research refuelling facility, you are off to a climate-friendly, clean future!

Fail Operational Environmental Perception Platform

Philipp Stelzer, Institute of Technical Informatics

This is a platform equipped with various sensors for environment perception. With the help of the flash LiDAR sensors, safety concepts were tested and analysed in the event of malfunctions or system failures.

The Metamorphic Spinning Wheel draws a picture

Embedded Automotive Systems Group, Institute of Technical Informatics

The Spinning Wheel is based on a rotating row of LEDs. The EAS Group developed both the processor and the operating system. The research focus is on reconfigurable hardware and modular software, which can both be updated during operation.

Liquid Yin&Yang on laser induced graphene

Francesco Greco and Matthias Gritzner, Institute of Solid State Physics

A Yin&Yang symbol is formed by self-guidance and mixing of fluorescent dyes in water on top of a pattern of Laser Induced Graphene with tunable wettability (superhydrophilic/superhydrophobic). More info and video at https://lampselab.com/.

Chemistry for the eye

Manfred Drusgala, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry

When irradiated with UV light, photoinitiators harden contact lenses, for example. The spectacularly coloured reaction of an acylgerman as a precursor to a high-performance photoinitiator can be seen.