Over the past 50 years, hundreds of people have finished their studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies, after having gained scientific knowledge, intellectual experiences and inspiration. In 2003 a group of IHS alumni decided to start IAO, the international IHS alumni organization. IAO offers a platform to bring together IHS alumni across generations, across disciplines, and across national borders and to share experiences, ideas and memories.
What is IAO?
IAO is the official alumni organisation of the IHS. Set up as a non-profit organisation according to Austrian regulations, it is led by a board which is elected every 2 years.
The board consists of:
Dr. Katharina Seifert-Prenn, Mag. Gertraud Fellner, Mag. DI Michael Babeluk, Dr. Christian Helmenstein, DI Dr. Peter Mayer, Mag. Oliver Prenn
The Objectives of IAO are:
- Sharing of experiences and networking of IHS alumni among each other, and with the IHS.
- Specifically, IAO aims at strengthening the link between science and economy as well as science and society.
- Supporting research and lectures at the IHS and its partner institutions.
IAO is independent and managed by its members. The board is elected by IAO members, according to the statutory of the organisation. IAO is sustained by membership fees, by sponsoring and non-monetary support. The majority of the organisational activities depend on the commitment of its members who use their talents, resources and free time to make IAO a special experience for all IHS alumni.
The organisation’s language is English, as IHS alumni are coming from all over the world and spread all over the world. Occasionally, German is used for special events taking place in Vienna.
If you are interested to become a member of IAO please contact: