Research Coordination, Knowledge Transfer, AGES Academy

The Department Research Coordination, Knowledge Transfer coordinates all research and knowledge transfer activities within AGES.

AGES occurs as project partner in international cooperation and capacity building.

AGES Academy offers knowledge transfer and educational trainings.

Activities & Management

Portrait of DI Mag. DDr.Alois Leidwein

Head of Division

DI Mag. DDr. Alois Leidwein
Phone: +43 50 555-34853
Spargelfeldstraße 191
1220 Wien



Portrait of DI Mag. DDr.Alois Leidwein

Head of Division

DI Mag. DDr. Alois Leidwein
Phone: +43 50 555-34853
Spargelfeldstraße 191
1220 Wien



Activities

Research and development activities are vital elements within the AGES mandate. As a result, AGES is involved in continuous knowledge transfer activities. The agency is legally obliged to observe scientific principles and standards that are acknowledged internationally (Art. 9 par. 1 subpar. 2). Specific research foci are defined in the AGES Research Strategy and the Research Framework Plan.

AGES must conduct all research activities necessary to fulfil its objectives and convey the relevant scientific findings, according to Art. 8 par. 1 of the Austrian Health and Food Safety Act.
The research activities carried out by AGES serve to maintain and develop the competences required to fulfil all official duties assigned to the agency by the legislator and its shareholders, as well as the consultation work needed for the relevant ministries and provide information to its remaining stakeholders.

Research Topics of AGES

Research Topics

Products & Services

Research & Cooperation
Publications & Lectures
AGES Academy

International

International

International knowledge transfer projects (capacity building and consulting) are provided and organised for authorities, public institutions, quasi public institutions and associations as part of international cooperation programmes, such as Twinning, EuropeAid, European Neighbourhood Policy, Austrian Development Agency, and GIZ.
AGES provides capacity building activities for all the relevant fields. This includes:

  • Concepts to set up authorities, monitoring systems, reference laboratories and quality management systems
  • Training of authorities and/or experts at AGES or on-site

Regional foci emerge from existing bilateral relationships, demand for AGES expertise and financing possibilities, such as relevant EU programmes. Present focus regions for international knowledge transfer projects are the Western Balkans, the Middle East, the South Caucasus and Central Asia.

International Cooperation

AGES is partner in bilateral, European and international  capacity building projekten and/or organises them.

European and international Cooperation

AGES cooperates with European and international organisations to fulfil its diverse health and food safety tasks.
AGES experts cooperate and advise authorities and NGOs as part of  BTSF (Better Train for Safer Food), Twinning and TAIEX.

AGES cooperation partners in governmental issues are

  • European Commission, Brussels
  • European Food Safety Authority - EFSA, Parma
  • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), StockholEuropean Medicines Agency (EMEA)
  • Food and Veterinary Office of the European Union, Dublin
  • WHO/FAO Codex Alimentarius
  • World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
  • European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO)Joint Research Centres of the European Commission (JRC), Ispra
  • Sister institutes of the various EU member states 

Research

Activities

The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) was founded on the basis of the Austrian Health and Food Safety Act of 2002. AGES’s main goal is to protect the health of the people, animals and plants in Austria. In fact, the agency was founded for effective and efficient food safety evaluation and assessment and the epidemiological monitoring of diseases in humans. AGES is a 100% subsidiary of the Republic of Austria.

AGES’s services are defined in the Austrian Health and Food Safety Act. AGES acts on behalf of the Republic of Austria and is obliged to provide both the Federal Office for Food Safety (BAES) and the Austrian Federal Office for Safety in Healthcare (BASG) with the financial means and staff required to achieve their objectives. AGES is obliged to conduct the research necessary to fulfil its objectives and share relevant scientific findings in line with Art. 8 par. 1. Thus, its research activities serve to maintain and expand the competences required to fulfil all statutory tasks assigned to it by the legislator and its shareholders. Furthermore, AGES must carry out consulting and information activities for the shareholder ministries and the Austrian population.
Research and development activities are vital elements within the AGES mandate. As a result, AGES is involved in continuous knowledge transfer activities. The agency is legally obliged to observe scientific principles and standards that are acknowledged internationally (Art. 9 par. 1 subpar. 2). Specific research foci are defined in the  AGES Research Strategy and the Research Framework Plan.

Knowledge Transfer & Research Infrastructure

Activities

  • Research strategy & defining research focus and knowledge transfer activities
  • Research service
  • Documentation
  • AGES R & D activities
  • AGES publications and knowledge transfer activities
  • Experts in expert careers
  • Research institute in line with FTE & FFG RL
  • Internal assignment and responsibility for AGES R&D and knowledge transfer activities
  • Science communications (knowledge transfer for scientists in collaboration with the Division for Risk Communications)
  • Supporting science committees according to Art. 11 of the Health and Food Safety Act
  • Project acquisition and coordination of interdisciplinary projects
  • Contact for international knowledge transfer activities

Research and Experimental Development at AGES

Research at AGES is applied research. The research focus and experimental development (R&D) are centred on creating new knowledge from existing know-how, through studies and assessments, for instance, but also through analysis and the development of methods, for example.

AGES Academy

Head

Dr. Friedrich Polesny
Phone: +43 50 555-33000
Spargelfeldstraße 191
1220 Wien



Head

Dr. Friedrich Polesny
Phone: +43 50 555-33000
Spargelfeldstraße 191
1220 Wien



Focus

  • Organisation and support of events, conferences, courses, education, further education and further training activities and programmes
  • Assistance for delegations in all AGES topics in coordination with AGES experts and Federal Offices
  • Participation in research and knowledge transfer activities

AGES Academy References in Training and Further Training

  • Food inspectors (Food Safety and Consumer Protection Act training and further training regulation)
  • Public Health Officers
  • Public Veterinary Officers (“Physikatskurs” )
  • Information activities as part of rural development
  • Expertise in plant protection products (Plant Protection Act)
  • Certified according to ISO 9001 (since 2010)
  • Ö-Cert Quality provider for adult training (since 2014)
  • Acknowledged training provider  for the Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management  (since 2015)
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