The Innovation Systems department focuses on innovation research concerning the grand challenges of the future, such as resource scarcity, increasing complexity of social and natural systems or globalization.
The employees of the department publish their research findings in referenced journals, books or proceedings of international conferences. The department uses its scientific expertise for designing innovative infrastructures and opening chances for business activities. It supports RTI-Policy and companies developing economic attractive, socially compatible and eco-sensitive technologies & infrastructures.
The employees from different scientific disciplines are integrated in international networks. Together with its approximately 180 cooperation partners, the department acts as an important think tank for the Austrian and European policy. It is a competence node for companies and an important partner for universities and research organizations. Together with several Austrian universities the department established a knowledge and talent development program in the field of innovation research called Knowledge & Talent Development Programme.