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University Council of TU Graz

Members of the University Council

Elected by the Senate:      

  • Dr. Manfred Gaulhofer
  • O.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Dr.h.c. Hanspeter Mössenböck
  • Univ.-Prof. Mag.pharm. Dr. Karin Schaupp

Appointed by the Federal Government:      

  • Mag. Dr. Gabriele Krenn
  • Dipl.-Ing. Anton Plimon
  • DDr. Gabriele Ambros

Elected by the University Council:      

  • KR Mag. Jochen Pildner-Steinburg
    Vice Chairman




Source: TU Graz

The University Council from 2013 to 2018:

from left: Karin Schaupp, Manfred Gaulhofer, Gabriele Ambros, Anton Plimon, Gabriele Krenn, Hanspeter Mössenböck, Jochen Pildner-Steinburg


University Council's Office
Rechbauerstraße 12/I 
8010 Graz, Austria

Christine DAMPF
Phone:+43 316 873 6062
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The tasks of the University Council are set out in the Universities Act 2002 (Universitätsgesetzes 2002), § 21.

Function Period 2013 - 2018

The term of office is five years, starting with 1st of March 2013 and ending with 28th of February 2018.


Karin Schaupp, Source: Fotostudio Furgler
Univ.-Prof. Mag.pharm. Dr. Karin SCHAUPP, Chairwoman

Karin Schaupp gained her doctorate at the University of Graz, became a post-doc research assistant and subsequently entered the pharmaceutical industry. After various positions in the field of international research, development and product management, she moved into management where she took up various posts as managing director and regional manager. Most recently she was a board member of Fresenius Kabi AG in Bad Homburg, where she had responsibility for worldwide business.

She has been a self-employed business consultant since 2003 and specialises in innovation transfer and strategic corporate development. Until September 2015 Karin Schaupp was a member of the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development and serves in a number of supervisory committees. Since 2016 she has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH and the Academy Council of the Austrian Acadamy of Science (ÖAW). In October 2014 she was appointed as a professor for applied management in the field of innovation management and technology transfer at the University of Graz.

Jochen Pildner-Steinberg, Source: IV Steiermark
KR Mag. Jochen Pildner-Steinburg, Vice Chairman

Jochen Pildner-Steinburg studied social and economic sciences in Vienna and Graz. He has worked as a commercial clerk in the family company since 1972, and took over as sole general manager of GAW Grazer Armaturenwerk GmbH in 1974.

He has been a board member since 1998 and president of the Styrian branch of the Federation of Austrian Industry from 2004 to 2016. Furthermore, he has been deputy chairman of the industry section of the Styrian Economic Chamber and chairman of Innoregio Styria since 2001, and was a member of the University Council of the Medical University of Graz for five years.

Apart from this, he is also president of the Graz ice-hockey club – the 99ers.

Gabriele Ambros, Source: Petra Spiola
MMag. Dr. Gabriele Ambros

Gabriele Ambros, graduate of business administration as well as ancient history and archaeology, is acting partner and half owner of Bohmann-Verlagsgruppe, a board member of Österreichischen Zeitschriften- und Fachmedienverband, as well as a member of the supervisory board of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).

She is president of Forschung Austria and a member of the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development (RFTE).

Manfred Gaulhofer, Source: Marianne Greber
Dr. Manfred Gaulhofer

Manfred Gaulhofer is managing director of Gaulhofer Industrieholding GmbH. Born in Graz, he studied business administration at the University of Graz where he was awarded his doctorate in 1986 and worked as a research assistant. He held a number of positions in science and culture in Berlin; among others, he was director of studies at OstWestWirtschaftsAkademie GmbH in 1991.

From 1992, he was owner and managing director of an international consulting firm with offices in Berlin, Moscow and Graz.

He became known in the Styrian capital principally through his involvement in Graz 2003 – European Capital of Culture, of which he was managing director from 2001 to 2004.

Gabriele Krenn, Source: Fotostudio Furgler
Mag. Dr. Gabriele Krenn

Gabriele Krenn is a graduate of law and social sciences at the University of Graz and the post-graduate “European and International Business Law” course of study at the University of St. Gallen.

After carrying out university research she became a lawyer in 1990. She works primarily in the fields of labour and business law and is highly experienced in the legal structure of R&D co-operations.

Gabriele Krenn has been president of the Styrian Bar Association since 2008.

Hanspeter Mössenböck, Source: ART + FSHION
O.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Dr.h.c. Hanspeter Mössenböck

Hanspeter Mössenböck is head of the Institute of System Software at Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU), and is also full professor at the Department of Computer Science. He was born in Schwanenstadt, Upper Austria, and studied computer science at Johannes Kepler University Linz where he also worked as a research assistant.

In 1987 he worked at the University of Zurich and then at ETH Zurich. In 1994 he was appointed full professor at the University of Linz.

In 2000, he spent a research sabbatical at Sun Microsystems, a computer and software producer. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Budapest in 2006.

Anton Plimon, Source: TU Graz University Council
Dipl.-Ing. Anton Plimon

Anton Plimon, a graduate of physics at Graz University of Technology, began his career as a specialist in optical fluid diagnostics before moving into the field of numerical simulation technologies at AVL List GmbH, Graz. In 1999, he moved from head of the transport technologies business field to Arsenal Research, where he became managing director in 2000. In 2008, he became managing director of Austrian Research Centers GmbH.

Since 2009, he has been responsible for business at the Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH.

Anton Plimon is a board member of several scientific institutes and associations as well as chair of the supervisory board at Leichtmetallkompetenzzentrum-Ranshofen GmbH (LKR).