Research Projects

Collaboration in Cross-Sectoral Research, Development and Innovation Projects

The active involvement of commercial enterprises in research activities is a key factor in Europe's development as a most competitive knowledge-driven and innovation-based society.  Vienna Scientific fully commits to the Triple Helix concept of university-industry-government relationships - illustrating the necessary shift from a industry-government dyad in the Industrial Society to a growing triadic relationship between university-industry-government in the Knowledge Society.  Read more about the expected benefits of cross-sectoral R&D. An overview on our activities at scientific conferences can be found at the related conference webpage.

Searching Partners for Cross-Sectoral Research and Training

Vienna Scientific Instruments is highly interested to participate in cross-sectoral research and training actions, as partner or beneficiary, and at national (Austrian), European and international levels. We are equally interested in hosting early stage researchers (ESR; which can enroll for PhD studies at several world-class Universities in Vienna), short- and long-term secondments of academic staff at any career stage from PhD candidates to senior researchers as "entrepreneurs in residence" (EIRs), and to participate with our engineering staff in R&D&I calls and research and innovation staff exchange programmes. 

We have experience in writing and submitting grant proposals with Austrian (e.g. project "Iso-2-Drone", FFG, Austria) and European partner organisations (e.g. proposal "FutureArctic", Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action, Innovative Training Network, H2020, EU) and have already started and/or finalised successful Industry-Academia projects within Austria (e.g. with the Austrian Institute of Technology, AIT, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, BOKU).  PIC number for EU proposals:  909917037.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss project possibilities.

Collaboration with Engineering College HTL Mödling

Together with the engineering college HTL Mödling and the University of Natural Ressources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) we currently engaged in a new R&D project, developing a cost-efficient, convenient and accurate IRGA system for continued soil CO2 efflux measurements in situ. Together with six junior engineers we will develop the mechanics, sensors and software in the course of 2018. We are very excited to work with these enthusiastic and skilled students and their teachers towards the Knowledge Society.  Please find further information on the CO2FluxI project webpage. We are highly interested to interest further partners from academia in this R&D project for joint proposal and evaluation of prototypes. Please get in contact.

Remote Gas Sampling - Iso-Drone Projects

Currently sampling of the atmosphere for gas emission measurements has to be done by building towers or hiring airplanes - capital-intensive methods. Easy access to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV, "Drones") has opened-up new opportunities for remote gas sampling (e.g. greenhouse gases, VOCs and water vapour). The Iso-Drone projects aim is to develop, test and produce modular UAV-based gas sampling and monitoring systems for emission and isotope measurements. Please find further information on the ISOdrone project site

Novel Root Imaging Technologies (for Arctic Environments) - FutureArtic Project

The objectives of VSI in the planned H2020 project 'FutureArctic' (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action, Innovative Training Network) are 1) to develop an an autonomous, permanently installed and remote-controllable minirhizotron (MR) imaging system suitable for arctic environments,  2) to identify multi-spectral wavelength (ranges) allowing for enhanced segmentation and species-specific differentiation of (three exemplary) artic target root systems, and 3)  to conceptualise the implementation of multi-spectral imaging beyond VIS in MR imaging systems. The project has been approved for funding by the EU, please see the FutureArctic webpage for details.