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Five Research Focal Areas

TU Wien is Austria's largest technical and scientific university. It sees itself primarily as a research institution. As a university of technology, TU Wien covers a wide spectrum – from abstract pure research and the fundamental principles of science, to applied technological research and partnership with industry. Theory and application are not opposites for TU Wien – linking both areas adds value to both research and teaching.

Science is not limited by national borders. TU Wien is part of an international network and benefits from numerous collaborative ventures with partner establishments worldwide and competes with  the leading experts on the planet. An international reputation for research is achieved only by concentrating capabilities and focussing on particular fields. TU Wien has therefore selected five research focal areas:

  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Quantum Physics and Quantum Technologies
  • Materials and Matter
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Energy + Environment

All these research focal areas are interdisciplinary; this encourages networking amongst the various research groups from TU Wien and working together to achieve even greater international recognition.

Naturally, it is impossible to be completely rigid in the setting of such key areas. There will always be individual research projects that at first sight do not fit neatly within one of the five research focal areas. The rectorate of TU Wien is committed to continuing support of other research fields – overly rigid control could inhibit creativity and innovation and would also contravene the freedom of research as protected by law.

Some of the scientific fields that go beyond the research focal areas of TU Wien were specifically considered as the "Additional Fields of Research" within the TU Wien research strategy including the development of the arts that play an important role in the  Faculty of Architecture and Planning, town planning, research into basic mathematics and mathematical methods in economics.

Computational Science and Engineering

Quantum Physics and Quantum Technologies

Materials and Matter

Information and Communication Technology

Energy and Environment

Additional Fields of Research