Our research addresses the greatest challenges facing us in the future: people need health, energy, well-functioning political and social systems and an intact environment. These are complex questions, and we are seeking the answers in the interaction between many different disciplines. In so doing, our research work embraces three major themes: regions fit for living in, diversity as a life-enhancing feature, a healthy society.
To undertake research is to challenge conventional ways of thinking and to transcend limitations. Our open enterprise culture and flat organisational structure allow this investigative spirit to develop in the best possible interdisciplinary way, and with curiosity, enthusiasm, courage and perseverance we highlight problems from all possible angles and thereby arrive at exceptional solutions.
The aim of our work is to improve the future life of people. We often develop concrete solutions for regional problems which can then be applied elsewhere. We continually strive to open new paths with top quality research work, geared to the needs of people.
We are linked to other research networks all over the world and have partners in more than 50 countries on five continents. We collaborate with international organisations such as the Alpine and Carpathian Conventions, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) along with several space agencies.
Eurac Research was founded in 1992 as an association under private law with just twelve members of staff undertaking research in the areas of Language and Law, Minorities and Autonomous Regions as well as the Alpine Environment. The centre gradually expanded its activities into new areas, attracted scientists from all over the world and introduced new structures. Today, almost 300 scientists from over 30 countries work here.