Projects & Grants

Humus – Landwirtschaft – Klima: Die zwei Gesichter des Kohlendioxids zwischen Klimakrise und BodenLeben

Ziel des Projekts ist es, SchülerInnen über experimentelles Lernen zu einem selbstbewussten Umgang mit der Herausforderung von Klimawandel und Landwirtschaft zu befähigen. Das Projekt führt von der CO2-Entstehung, über die Rolle von Boden und Humus hin zur Anpassung landwirtschaftlicher Nutzpflanzen an Trockenheit im pannonische Klimaraum. Die SchülerInnen betätigen sich als NaturforscherInnen und arbeiten sich von der Recherche, über Versuchsbeobachtungen im Klassenzimmer und an Universitäten zu Lösungsmöglichkeiten in der Praxis vor. Sie lernen Ausbildungswege und Berufsfelder in Naturwissenschaften und der Bioökonomie kennen und erweitern ihre Medienkompetenzen durch Nutzung moderner bildgebender Methoden in den Pflanzenwissenschaften. In einer abschließenden SchülerInnen-Konferenz präsentieren sie als Experten ihr Wissen, die gesammelten Exponate und Foto-/Filmmedien der Öffentlichkeit.

Multi-sensor and multi-approach high-throughput plant phenotyping platform

PHENOPlant will strengthen and extend VBCF’s present HT plant phenotyping capabilities and the repertoire of sensors. The new platform will be designed for mid-size crop plants as well as Arabidopsis and will be fully integrated into a state-of-the-art walk-in phytotron providing highly homogeneous plant growth conditions. Furthermore, the platform will allow precise environmental simulations across different climate zones as well as controlled plant stress experiments.

Correlated Multimodal Imaging in Life Sciences

The new COST Action aims to:

  • Bring together experts on correlated multimodal imaging techniques
  • Promote and disseminate its benefits through showcase pipelines
  • Pave the way for its technological advancement and implementation as a versatile tool in biological and preclinical research

The chair & main proposer of the Action is the head of BioImaging Austria-CMI.

Scientific Capacity Building in the Production of Glycoproteins and Viral Proteins for Biomedical Research

Project supported by the program Interreg V-A Slovakia - Austria with the aim of creating synergies between the project partners by using existing areas of expertise. The expected project outputs are:

  • Development of new services in the field of viral proteins, which will benefit the whole VBC campus
  • Increased cross-border cooperation
  • Improved international visibility and reputation of the participating institutions

The role of novel post-translational modifications of the cohesin

Cohesin is a protein complex that has several essential roles during meiosis. In this project, we want to decipher the role of cohesin methylation using the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe as a model organism.

Participating VBCF facility: Advanced Microscopy

Global profiling of cancer-associated exitron splicing

A collaborative project between Austria and Japan aims to investigate an as-yet-unexplored link between exitron splicing and cancer in different tumors. This project will advance our understanding of the mechanisms of alternative splicing and may lead to the development of novel cancer biomarkers and therapeutic targets. VBCF's role in the project will be providing next-generation sequencing services.

The role of chromatin in alternating generations

Genes are encoded by DNA, which is supported by complex and dynamic assemblies of proteins that form the chromatin. Chromatin components play major roles in regulating gene expression and are thought to enable large scale coordinated changes in the activity of thousands of genes. It has remained difficult to address the global mechanisms associated with chromatin. This project addresses in a global manner the role played by chromatin in life transitions in multicellular organisms.

National partner: GMI

Participating VBCF facilities: Protein Technologies, Next Generation Sequencing

FemTECH Praktika for Female students

Eight summer/autumn fellowships for female students with the aim of initiating their scientific career. Their main goal is to work on further improvement of our services.

Novel Magnetic Nanostructures for Medical Applications

The Horizon 2020 sub-program MCSA RISE provides support of R&D activities by means of targeted staff exchanges of the partnering organizations. The 14 partners of the project MAGNAMED will exchange their knowledge and expertise in various aspects of bio-imaging methods, which will bring the newest trends in this field to VBCF.

Brillouin Light Scattering Microspectroscopy for Biology and Biomedical Research & Applications

The COST Action aims to bring together experts on Brillouin Light Scattering Spectroscopy and establish a network that will be able to bring this novel technique to the field of life sciences and biomedicine.

Creating synergies between research infrastructures to stimulate innovation in the cross-border region

Knowledge transfer and creation of new services of life sciences research infrastructures based on cross-border complementary equipment and expertise.

Shared Research Facility Metabolomic Analysis for Biomedical Research

The goal of this project is to establish a new excellent research infrastructure in Vienna "Metabolomics" and to generate results with high impact in biology and biomedicine.