AGES Public Health

Our four institutes in Vienna, Linz and Graz investigate, diagnose and monitor communicable diseases in Austria. We support the authorities in clarifying outbreaks of foodborne diseases and assist them in drinking water testing and bath hygiene. In this way, we make a significant contribution to the health of the population in Austria.

Reference centers/laboratories
Bernhard Benka

Our goal is to protect everyone living in Austria from infectious diseases as well as to meet the health challenges of climate change.

Dr. Bernhard Benka MSc, Leitung

Our tasks

  • Assessment, investigation, diagnosis and surveillance of communicable diseases.
  • to run reference centers/laboratories and reporting, recording and coordination systems for epidemiological surveillance and control of communicable diseases
  • Control and prevention of infectious diseases of humans (including zoonoses) in particular
    • through microbiological-hygienic, serological and physico-chemical investigations
    • by collecting antibiotic resistance, immunity data and basic epidemiological data
    • by the development of vaccination, therapy and action recommendations
    • by supporting the health authorities
  • participation in national and international committees
  • Research and method development

Our institutes

Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hygiene Graz

Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hygiene Vienna

Our focus areas

  • Center for Anthropogenic Infections: Diagnostics of infectious diseases transmitted from human to human.
  • Operation of the EU bathing water database
  • Diagnostics of highly pathogenic organisms (bioterrorism)
  • Rabies consultation center
  • Training center for specialists in hygiene and microbiology

National reference centers


Infectious Diseases Epidemiology

Our focus

  • Outbreak investigation
  • National surveillance of relevant infectious diseases
  • Consulting and support of public health services
  • Data management and modeling

National reference centers

Institute for Hydroanalytics Linz

Our focus

  • Inspection body according to EN ISO/IEC 17020 as well as testing body according to EN ISO/IEC 17025
  • Inspections of drinking water supply systems, pools, whirlpools and small bathing ponds
  • Examination of drinking water, mineral and table water, bathing water (outdoor and indoor pools, therapy pools, etc.), bathing water (small bathing ponds and biotopes), water for medical-pharmaceutical applications (dialysis water, ultrapure water according to PharmEU, steam sterilizers)
  • Examination of fecal indicator germs, legionella in hot water
  • Analysis of process water (heating and cooling water, boiler feed water)
  • Special chemical analysis (heavy metals, PAH, chlorinated hydrocarbons, etc.)
  • Pesticide residues (pesticide active substances and metabolites)
  • Functional tests of water treatment plants (softening, deferrization and disinfection plants)



Dr. Bernhard Benka, MSc


Priv.-Doz. Dr. Burkhard Springer


Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Alexander Indra


MO – DO 08.00 - 16.00 Uhr
FR 08.00 - 14.00 Uhr
Karfreitag und Allerheiligen: 08.00 – 12.00 Uhr

Abgabe Wasser- und Hygieneproben:
MO - DO 08.00 - 15.00 Uhr
FR 08.00 - 11.00 Uhr
SA, SO und Feiertage KEINE Probenabgabe

Abgabe humanmedizinische Proben:
MO - DO 08.00 - 15.30 Uhr
FR 08.00 - 13.30 Uhr
SA, SO und Feiertage ist eine Probenabgabe nur nach telefonischer
Rücksprache möglich (050 555 - 37217)

DI - DO 09.00 - 12.00 Uhr


Dr. Bernd Reichl


MO-DO 07:30 - 15:00 Uhr
FR 07:30 - 13:00

Bei Fragen zur Untersuchung oder Abgabe Ihrer Wasserproben wird um telefonische Rücksprache gebeten
(050 555 41601).

Last updated: 21.02.2024

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