The report on research, experimental development and knowledge transfer activities of AGES, in short, research report is produced annually.
Due to the legal mandate and the extensive task spectrum, AGES is obliged to carry out applied research and to convey relevant scientific knowledge about its knowledge transfer activities to a broad public. With the AGES, highly qualified experts and staff are available to the Austrians who carry out ongoing research activities, represent Austria in the national committees and those of the EU, and perform their work conscientiously according to the legal requirements.
At the end of the year 2017, a total of 1,414 persons were employed in AGES. This corresponds to 1,282 full-time employees. Approximately 44 fulltime em-ployees worked in Research & Development (R&D), as well as in knowledge transfer. The scientific staff included 689 university graduates in 2017, 289 with doctorates and 14 with professorship qualifications
The agency is the risk assessment facility for the reduction and prevention of risks along the food chain in Austria. The scientific expertise of AGES includes analytics, diagnostics, expert reviews and R&D. More than 80 reference laboratories and centres, as well as two L3 laboratories, one L3 + laboratory, test stations in four climatic regions and two research glasshouses are available to its experts.
A total of 71 R&D and knowledge transfer projects were completed in 2017; 91 projects were in progress. 46 project activities, such as FEM-tech intern-ships for female students or pupils or training projects for the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) or the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences (Iran) were carried out as part of these knowledge transfer projects. In 2017, 50 events were held in the promising framework of the “BMLFUW‘s Austrian Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020“.
In 2017, most of the research activities were conducted in the Objective 7 “Food security and ensuring sustainable environmentally sound agricultural production”. A total of 39 R&D projects, which were in the process of being completed or completed, were assigned to this objective. Thirteen R&D projects deal with topics from the Objective 4 “Freedom from animal diseases”. A total of 12 projects are included in the Objective 5 “Impeccable goods and water and radiation protection” and thus make an important contribution to the sustainable preservation of public health.
The good cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was demonstrated not only in the IAEA expert mission on „Development of the Radon Action Plan in Bosnia and Herzegovina” in the Radiation Protection Business Unit, but was also successfully represented at the “Third FAO/IAEA International Conference on Area-wide Management of Insect Pests: Integrating the Sterile Insect and Related Nuclear and Other Techniques” in Vienna by the food security experts of AGES.
From the ALVA conference to international trainings - Linz has productively established itself as a center of knowledge transfer in recent years. Since July 2013, all cosmetic products provided in the EU must comply with the rules of the Regulation on Cosmetic Products ((EC) No 1223/2009) and Cosmetics Claims Regulation (EU) No 655/2013. As a result, the Food Safety business unit also informed about Cosmetic Articles and Food Contact Materials.
An effective OIE twinning project on animal and food-borne Trichinella infections in Tanzania in cooperation with the Tanzania Veterinary Laboratory Agency and the Istituto Superiore di Sania, Italy, was held by the Animal Health business field, which also established a methodology for probing bees for the presence of virus in the course of the project „Future Bee” to provide support for investigations and determination of the virus species and amount in bee samples.
The „Clostridium difficile Ribotyping” and the „Webribo Data Analysis” in the field of Public Health were formally established as the European standard method. The business field Medical Market Supervision was jointly responsible for the great success of Austria in the tenth operation against drug crime, when it came to intervene at the operation PANGEA X against the illegal online sales of drugs and medical devices under the coordination of Interpol.The „Healthy eating from the start!”-programme, a joint programme of AGES-Integrative Risk Assessment, Data and Statistics and key stakeholders in public health, was just as successful as the prosperous participation in the EFSA call for a training framework contract for European colleagues over four years.