Press Releases

Accumulated scientific expertise to support policy decisions for pandemic containment

Future Operations Platform members presented covid scenarios for fall 2022 in a press conference. An interdisciplinary approach is now critical for successful pandemic containment. High-level conference discusses results of research to date on pandemic and its societal impact.

Launch IHS Price Monitor

To provide an overview of current inflation developments, the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) has launched the IHS Price Monitor. The research tool presents price developments graphically and also enables a breakdown into individual subsectors.

Scientific findings and recommendations for dealing with the pandemic

No one knows what the fall of 2022 will bring. This makes it all the more important to make use of the experience with the pandemic and the findings of science. What can we learn from past crisis management for the future? And how can new knowledge be best used for evidence-based decisions?

Evidence-based policy making 2022

The second edition of the conference series poses multiple, topical questions: What is the state of the art in research that provides evidence for policy making in Austria? How is the collection of evidence necessary for evidence-based decision making influenced by policymakers responding to policy incentives? Could evidence itself become a topic of policy debate? What does the political rhetoric of "post-truth" mean for the future of evidence-based policymaking?

New Head of Research Group Behavioural Economics

Priv. Doz. Dr. Katharina Gangl has been appointed Head of the Behavioural Economics (Insight Austria) research group at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS). Dr. Gangl, an economic psychologist who also teaches and is habilitated at the University of Vienna, was selected from an international pool of candidates and appointed by IHS-president Franz Fischler as a replacement for Prof. Dr, Martin Kocher, who was Head of the research group as well as Director of the IHS before he became Minister of Labour in 2021.

 

Klaus Neusser appointed interim director of the IHS

Negotiations for the appointment of the interim scientific director for the Institute for Advanced Studies have been successfully concluded. After intensive preliminary discussions, the choice fell on Prof. Dr. Klaus Neusser, professor emeritus of economics at the University of Bern and former researcher at IHS.

From Pandemic to Energy Crisis: Economy and Politics under Permanent Stress

The German economy is steering through difficult waters and faces the highest inflation rates in decades. In their spring report, the leading German economic research institutes revise their outlook for this year significantly downward. The recovery from the COVID-19 crisis is slowing down as a result of the war in Ukraine, but remains on track. The institutes expect GDP to increase by 2.7 and 3.1 percent in 2022 and 2023 respectively. In the event of an immediate interruption to Russian gas supplies, a total of 220 billion euros in German economic output would be at risk in both years.

China's zero-covid policy has major implications for the global economy

Shanghai is the latest example of China's rigid covid policy. The metropolis has been in lockdown since March 28, public life has largely come to a standstill and reports of supply bottlenecks are mounting. Beyond national problems, however, China's zero covid policy also poses challenges for the global economy.

World Health Day: Worrying obesity numbers in Austria

On the occasion of this year's World Health Day, the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) presents results on obesity and overweight in Austria based on the Austrian Health Interview Survey (ATHIS). The figures were collected especially in connection with concomitant diseases and in relation to the working life of people with overweight. Serious effects of the disease on society and the economy are revealed.

Cooperation between IHS and Faculty of Economics does not materialize

IHS President Franz Fischler clarifies that the Institute for Advanced Studies was in constructive discussions with the University of Vienna, but unfortunately these did not reach a positive conclusion due to the statement of the responsible faculty, as Rector Heinz W. Engl informed the president.

Board of Trustees Meeting at IHS

The Institute for Advanced Studies will appoint an interim director in the coming weeks, who will serve for up to 12 months and manage the business of academic operations.

ARA sees great potential for waste separation in on-the-go consumption

Together with IHS, Altstoff Recycling Austria AG (ARA) initiated a nudging study in Krems, Steyr and Leoben on the collection behavior of people in Austria in the out-of-home sector. The influence of containers for separate packaging collection in public spaces on the collection rate and littering was investigated.

IHS awarded as family-friendly employer

In a digital certificate ceremony on March 2, 2022, the Institute for Advanced Studies was awarded the state's Family Friendliness Seal of Approval.

Initiative for scientific integrity grows

"Not least the political headlines about problematic and questionable practices of individual survey institutes have revealed that a transparent and comprehensible set of rules is needed for the commissioning, preparation and use of commissioned studies," explained the research institutions AIT, IHS, JR, WIFO and wiiw during a joint media chat on 28 January 2022.

Ethical Issues on Xenotransplantation: What we Should Discuss

The first pig heart transplant is not only a medical milestone, but also a taboo. For in addition to technical issues, the procedure also raises a number of social and ethical problems.

Europe-wide against Omikron: Scientists call for action

A multidisciplinary team of over 30 scientists from across Europe has come together to issue a statement on combating the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2. The statement was published in the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) on 13 January 2022.