Unique: Largest Analytics Competence in Austria
Analytical competence is the core of the activities carried out by AGES. AGES is the home of Austria’s biggest laboratory facilities and provides the widest range of examinations: 1,300 analytical methods were used in 2015 alone. AGES’s staff work on more than 2,800 samples and conduct over 6,800 examinations every day.
Austria’s only laboratory with the special tools needed to detect the treatment of food with ionising radiation is within our organisation. This specific analysis knowledge has been transferred internationally, as part of a twinning project with Saudi Arabia.
The Austria-wide AGES laboratory network includes: more than 80 reference laboratories and centres, 11 federal laboratories with special functions (e.g. radiation measurement, radon gauging, fertiliser testing, potato examination, and seeding material testing), an official pharmaceuticals control laboratory and eight agricultural testing stations with 33,000 testing plots and two research greenhouses.
AGES analysed the most diverse products: agricultural, animal and human sample materials, feedstuffs, foodstuffs, cosmetics, toys and packaging, pharmaceuticals, medicinal products and environmental samples. The data collected form the basis of more than 80 risk evaluations and about 44,000 expert opinions designed to pinpoint health hazards speedily and assess the risk to humans, animals and plants.
Gathering and Sharing Knowledge
AGES experts took part in 930 national and international committees. Their scientific work was presented in a total of 68 completed research and knowledge transfer projects and used in around 1,200 publications, presentations, lectures and reports. This knowledge was also transferred via further education activities and events, such as the AGES Academy.
Furthermore, AGES was able to secure a number of well-funded EU project tenders. AGES experts completed studies on agrarian innovations, monitored water and kept an eye on newly immigrated insects that could prove to be vectors for disease.