Research collaborations

For many research questions, AGES is limited to partial aspects of a research question or overall solution. In this case, research is only reasonable and feasible in cooperation with external partners.

Research collaborations encompass two areas

1. Implementation of specific research projects
2. Participation or involvement in research networks
Working in research networks promotes expert networking, knowledge transfer and the building of strategic partnerships, primarily for the purpose of joint tenders and project implementation.
AGES research collaborations are in place with universities and other research institutions at both a national as well as international level. In addition, AGES also participates in research societies and associations. As an institution, AGES is a member of various associations, and/or AGES employees accept functions in scientific societies and associations. Cooperations with external partners serve the purpose of obtaining complementary expertise, human resources or management know-how, and provide the opportunity to pool resources.

Cooperation agreements are in place with the following national partners

  • ÖGE -Österreichische Gesellschaft für Ernährung (2008)
  • BMLFUW und ECPGR (2012): Forschungskooperation
  • BOKU (2012):  Forschungskooperation
  • B5 soilcompetence.at: AGES, UBA, BFW, BAW, BOKU (2005/2013): gemeinsame Projektakquisition und –abwicklung
  • VET Austria: BMG - VetMedUni (2013): Forschungsrahmen zu 6 konkreten Forschungsfragen
  • FHG – Zentrum für Gesundheitsberufe Tirol GmbH (2007): FH-Praktikumsstellen
  • LTER-Austria: Austrian Society for Long-term Ecological Research

Cooperation agreements are in place with the following international partners

  • BfR (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment): cooperation in knowledge transfer, risk assessment and research (2006)
  • KSL (Kalite Sistem Laboratories Group) Turkey – AGES (2003): cooperation in knowledge transfer projects
  • EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) Focal Point (2007): information exchange
  • Centre for Disease Control, Taiwan (2007): research collaboration and knowledge transfer
  • ZZV Maribor – National Institute of Public Health Maribor (2008): research collaboration and knowledge transfer
  • Train for Safer Food: GIZ (German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation); DG Sanco (Directorate General for Health and Consumer Affairs): knowledge transfer projects, joint acquisition and management of projects
  • IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) – Agriculture and Biotechnology – Seibersdorf Laboratory (2004): research cooperation ¬– high security laboratory

European and international partners of AGES in official and regulatory matters are

  • European Commission, Brussels
  • EFSA (European Food Safety Authority), Parma
  • ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control), Stockholm
  • EMA (European Medicines Agency), London
  • FVO (Food and Veterinary Office of the European Union), Dublin
  • Codex Alimentarius Commission established by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and WHO (World Health Organization)
  • EPPO (European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization), Paris
  • JRC (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission), Ispra
  • Sister institutions in the various EU countries

AGES is a member of the following research networks

  • CCCA – Climate Change Centre Austria (2011): 15 members
  • BIOS Science Austria (2012)
  • MoniQA – Monitoring and Quality Assurance in the Food Supply Chain (2013) 
  • VDLUFA – Association of German Agricultural Analytic and Research Institutes
  • IOBC (International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control) / WPRS (West Palaearctic Regional Section): executive committee
  • ALVA – Alliance for Life Sciences, Food, Veterinary Expertise and Agriculture

AGES employees are members of the following scientific societies

  • ALVA – Alliance for Life Sciences, Food, Veterinary Expertise and Agriculture
  • APHAR – Austrian Pharmacological Society 
  • ASTOX – Austrian Society of Toxicology 
  • ART/EUROTOX – Austrian Register of Toxicologists / European Societies of Toxicology 
  • BIOS Science Austria (2012)
  • GÖCH – Austrian Chemical Society 
  • ICC Austria – International Association for Cereal Science and Technology 
  • NEK – Austrian National Nutrition Commission
  • ÖAIP – Austrian Working Group for Integrated Plant Protection 
  • ÖAMSP – Austrian Society of Drug Safety in Psychiatry 
  • ÖGE – Austrian Nutrition Society
  • ÖGHMP – Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine 
  • OSR – Austrian Supreme Health Council 
  • ÖVAF – Austrian Association for Agricultural, Food and Environmental Research 
  • VDLUFA – Association of German Agricultural Analytic and Research Institutes
  • VEÖ – Austrian Association of Nutritionists

In addition to collaborating with external entities, there is also multifaceted cooperation within AGES. AGES employees from various scientific disciplines work together on tenders and project implementation across strategic business areas and disciplines.

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