Eurac Research

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Eurac Research
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PurposeApplied research
HeadquartersBozen, Italy
Official language
English, German, Italian
Roland Psenner
Stephan Ortner
SubsidiariesRome, Vienna, Bruxelles
33,013,727 Euro (59% basic funding from the Province of Bozen, 41% third-party funds)[1]

Eurac Research is a private research center headquartered in Bozen, South Tyrol. The center has eleven institutes organized into four research areas: autonomy, mountains, technology and health. Eurac Research has around 200 partners spread across 50 countries. Eurac Research collaborates with international organizations such as the Alpine and Carpathian Conventions, UNEP and UNIDO in the context of sustainable development and energy technology, and also hosts the headquarters of the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention at its headquarters in Bozen.[3] Core funding is provided by the autonomous province of South Tyrol, with additional financing coming from membership fees and European project funds.[4]

Institutes and Center[edit]

  • Institute for Minority Rights
  • Institute for Public Management
  • Institute for Comparative Federalism
  • Institute for Applied Linguistics
  • Institute for Alpine Environment
  • Institute for Earth Observation
  • Institute for Regional Development
  • Institute for Renewable Energy
  • Institute for Biomedicine
  • Institute of Mountain Emergency Medicine
  • Institute for Mummy Studies
  • Center for Advanced Studies

Research infrastructure[edit]

The Ancient DNA Laboratory is used by the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman for molecular analyses of ancient human remains. Researchers study Ötzi the iceman and other mummies from around the world to understand their genomics and study ancient pathogens.[5] The Biomedicine Laboratory of the Center for Biomedicine facilitates epidemiological and biomedical studies. The building contains traditional biomolecular equipment and is also home to a next-generation DNA sequencer.[6] The Solar Technology and Building Envelope Laboratory is located in the industrial area of Bozen. The laboratory of the Institute for Renewable Energy is a performance testing site for photovoltaic modules, solar thermal systems, as well as traditional and innovative building components that integrate these solar energy systems. Tests are carried out as part of research projects or at the request of companies that produce or market the products.[7] The Satellite Receiving Station is the satellite receiving station of the Institute for Remote Sensing is located on the Horn of Ritten (2,360 meters above sea level). The station receives real-time optical data from three satellites: NASA's Terra, Aqua and Suomi NPP. The institute converts the data into maps in order to observe environmental phenomenon in the region.[8]


Since 2002, Eurac Research has its headquarters in a building known locally as the "ex–GIL”, which is situated near the downtown core of Bozen at the confluence of the Talfer and Eisack rivers. The complex was built in the 1930s on a project by the architects Gino Mansutti and Gino Miozzo to house the Gioventù italiana del littorio (GIL) (English: Italian Youth of the Lictor), a youth movement of the Italian Fascist Party.[9] Following the war and the fall of Mussolini, the building was renamed the "ex-GIL" and over the years has housed a cinema, a supermarket and shop, eventually falling into decline. In the early 1990s a decision was made to renovate the property to accommodate the newly established research center. In 1995, Graz architect Klaus Kada won an international competition for the building’s redesign. Kada maintained the heritage of the building by supplementing it with new glassed-in structures; the renovation of the facade brought back its original Pompeian red color. The building uses renewable energy and has absorption chillers for air conditioning.[10][11]


Eurac Research was founded in 1992. In its early years, twelve employees carried out research in language and law, alpine environment, minorities and autonomy. The first major project was a feasibility study for the foundation of a new university in Bozen, completed in 1997. Over the years, the scope of research expanded to include management and corporate culture, genetic medicine, and renewable energy. In 2009 the Institute of Mountain Emergency Medicine was opened, followed by the Center for Biomedicine in 2011.[10]

Further reading[edit]

  • Stephanie Risse-Lobis: Eurac – ein Haus für die Europäische Akademie Bozen. Architektur – Geschichte – Wissenschaft. Vienna/Bozen: Folio publishing house, 2003. ISBN 3-85256-231-7.
  • Eurac: Tower to the People – Wissen schaf(f)t Kunst. Vienna/Bozen: Folio publishing house, 2010. ISBN 978-88-6299-025-7.
  • Eurac: Activity Report 2012/13. Esperia printing, Trento.


  1. ^ Eurac: Activity Report 2016/2017. 2017,
  2. ^ Eurac: Activity Report 2016/2017. 2017.
  3. ^ Ständiges Sekretariat. Website der Alpenkonvention. Abgerufen am 17. Dezember 2013.
  4. ^ Eurac: Activity Report 2012/13. 2013, pp. 14–5.
  5. ^ "EURAC-Mumienforscher eröffnen Hightech-Labor" (in German). Stol.it. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  6. ^ "Neues Labor des Zentrums für Biomedizin der EURAC vorgestellt: SüdtirolNews – News aus Südtirol". Suedtirolnews.it. 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  7. ^ ff - Südtiroler Wochenmagazin: In der Klimakammer. # 37 / 2012, September 13th, 2012, pp. 56–8.
  8. ^ "Auf Rittner Horn installierte EURAC-Antenne ist umgezogen: SüdtirolNews - News aus Südtirol". Suedtirolnews.it. 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  9. ^ Obermair, Hannes (2010). Bozen–Bolzano 1850–1950. Reihe Archivbilder (2nd ed.). Erfurt: Sutton Verlag. p. 42. ISBN 978-3-86680-489-0.
  10. ^ a b Stephanie Risse-Lobis: Eurac – ein Haus für die Europäische Akademie Bozen. 2003.
  11. ^ Michela Toni: Südtirol Architektur – Die Eigenheiten eines Gebietes am Beispiel von Gebäuden mit KlimaHaus-Standard. EdicomEdizioni, Monfalcone 2013, pp. 226–9.

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Coordinates: 46°29′39″N 11°20′50″E / 46.4943°N 11.3472°E / 46.4943; 11.3472