The Institute of Science and Technology Austria welcomes you on November 22 (Friday), 2019!

Meet the Research Groups

Join lab tours and “Meet the Research Group” sessions, where you get the opportunity to meet our professors, PhD students and postdocs, and can find out more about their research.

PhD program and internship opportunities

Find out about our PhD program and internship opportunities from the Dean (Prof. Nick Barton) and the PhD Program Chair (Prof. Gasper Tkacik).

Campus Tours

Take a campus tour to learn more about the founding principles of IST Austria as well as its past and future developments.

The Big Talk

Join the lecture by Professor David Hu from Georgia Institute of Technology, a two-time Ig Nobel Prize winner (2015, 2019): “A wombat’s cube-shaped poo and other mysteries of animal movement”.


If you would like to join for the Student Open Day, please register using the form below. Note that registration is compulsory and that the most up-to-date information will only be sent to registered visitors. For questions, please feel free to contact the Graduate School Office (

If you want to receive information regarding the Student Open Day and the PhD open call, please sign up for our mailing list.


The Student Open Day takes place on Friday November 22nd, starting at 9:00. Different tours/sessions and talks continue until 17:00. A PDF of the full program can be downloaded from this link (updated 19.11.2019).

Introduction to IST Austria and the Graduate School

Lab Tours

Campus Tours

The Big Talk


The following buses are available especially for visitors of the Student Open Day:

Arrival:    8:15: from Heiligenstadt (U4 station)    |     9:15: from Heiligenstadt (U4 station)
Departure:    17:00: to Heiligenstadt (U4 station)    |    18:00: to Heiligenstadt (U4 station)

The bus ride takes about 25 mins.

Alternatively, you can use the regular IST Shuttle Bus (#142) or the public bus 400, which depart regularly from Heiligenstadt Wien (U4/S-Bahn station). A schedule is available here. You can use the Wienerlinien (Vienna Public Transport) website to plan your journey.

Groups Participating in the Open Day

The following groups offer lab tour / “Meet the Research Group” sessions on the Student Open Day 2019.

The Big Talk

Professor David Hu, a two-time Ig Nobel laureate (Georgia Institute of Technology) will present his work on “A wombat’s cube-shaped poo and other mysteries of animal movement”.

Dr. David Hu is a mechanical engineer who studies the mysteries of animal movement. His team has discovered how dogs shake dry, how insects walk on water, and how eyelashes protect the eyes from drying. His work has won numerous awards and accolades, including the 2015 AND the 2019 Ig Nobel Physics prize.

He is the author of the book “How to Walk on Water and Climb Up Walls: Animal Motion and the Robots of the Future”, published by Princeton University Press.


In order to register for the Student Open Day, please fill out the details below. We will send you the most up-to-date information via email. For questions, please feel free to contact the Graduate School Office (




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