Health for humans, animals & plants

Knowledge transfer and applied research

Our R&D activities serve to maintain and expand all the competencies needed to protect human, animal and plant health. This enables us to better assess risks, act appropriately in crises and respond promptly to new challenges.

Knowledge transfer activities are carried out through publications and lecturing activities by our experts and at external events, as well as through the AGES Academy program.

Our research is applied research. The focus of research and experimental development is on generating new knowledge from existing knowledge, e.g. through studies and assessments, but also on conducting analyses and developing methods.

Our strengths

  • sustainable institutional knowledge
  • broad, cross-sectoral, specific and practice-oriented expertise
  • comprehensive and good quality data material from official and regulatory activities of analytical and testing services
  • a comprehensive research infrastructure, including reference laboratories and testing stations
  • cooperation or organization as project partner of bilateral, European and international capacity building projects
1.687
Total employees
978
Academic staff:inside
329
Employees with doctorate
13
Employees with habilitation
182
Senior Experts
2
Principal Experts

Research Report

The report on our research, experimental development and knowledge transfer activities, or research report for short, is prepared annually.

Due to the legal mandate and the extensive range of tasks, we are obliged to conduct applied research and to communicate relevant scientific knowledge to a broad public through our knowledge transfer activities. AGES provides Austrians with highly qualified experts and staff who carry out research activities on an ongoing basis, represent Austria in national bodies and those of the EU, and carry out their work conscientiously in accordance with legal requirements.

The research reports of the past years can be found at the bottom of this page under Downloads.

Knowledge transfer

We offer specific information, seminars, training and scientific advice to the expert public on request. You will find the Expert:inn tariff at the bottom of this page under Downloads.

Research Infrastructure

Our research infrastructure includes more than 90 reference laboratories and reference centers, 11 special-purpose state laboratories, two L3 laboratories and one L3+ laboratory, experimental stations in four climatic regions, two research glasshouses, and numerous public/official registries, inventories, and collections.

  • National reference laboratories (according to EU Control Regulation 882/2004), reference centers and official laboratories
  • Reference stations, research glasshouses and (high-security) laboratories: Reference stations in 4 climatic regions with a total of 30,500 test plots (field testing)
  • Lysimeter station in Vienna
  • 2 research glasshouses with
    • in total 3.500m² high glasshouse area
    • 84 autonomous compartments (from cabins with floor space of 6.7 m² to compartments with 50 m² floor space)
    • Vascular experimental station
    • 6 quarantine cabins
    • 2 phytotrons
    • 1 earth house
    • 1 rolling house
  • laboratories and high security laboratories :
    • 540 laboratories on 13,843.1m2 floor space in total - of which:
      • 2 L3 laboratories
      • 1 L3+ laboratory

Research collaborations

Our scientists have an extremely broad range of expertise and work with renowned national and international experts within the framework of research collaborations.

Together with external partner organizations, research projects are implemented or collaborated on in research networks in all our business areas, which range from food, drug and medical device safety to animal health, public health and food security.

The work in the research networks serves professional networking, knowledge transfer and the establishment of strategic partnerships, e.g. for joint project submission or project implementation, but also for cooperation in the event of a crisis. Research cooperations exist with universities and other research institutions on a national as well as international level.

For the successful implementation of scientific work and research projects, there are cooperation agreements at the national level, e.g. with the Federal Ministries of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism and of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna, the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, the Campus Science Support Facilities GmbH or through the competence network on the environmental medium soil "b5". Furthermore, we are also co-publisher of the journal: "Die Bodenkultur - Journal for Land Management, Food and Environment". We also have cooperation agreements on an international level, e.g. with the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) or the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ).

Official affairs

In official and regulatory matters, we work closely with the following organizations:

  • European Commission, Brussels
  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
  • European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  • Health and Food Audits and Analysis (europa.eu)
  • World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
  • European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO)
  • Joint Research Centres of the European Commission (JRC)

Research Networks

We are members of various renowned research networks, such as the Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA), BIOS Science Austria, the Association of German Agricultural Research Institutes (VdLUFA) or the Working Group for Food, Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences (ALVA).

In addition, our staff members are members of a large number of scientific societies, which also reflect our broad professional expertise.

Below you will find links to cooperation partners with whom we already have a working relationship.

Better Training for Safer Food Focal Point

Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) or a "Better Training for Safer Food" is a training initiative of the European Commission.

The main objectives of BTSF are to organize and develop an EU training strategy with a view to ensuring and maintaining a high level of consumer protection as well as animal health, animal welfare and plant health; to continuously improve and harmonize official controls in EU countries; to create the conditions for a level playing field for food businesses contributing to the EU's priority for jobs and growth; and to harmonize control procedures between EU and non-EU partners.

We are the focal point and contact person for BTSF stakeholders in Austria. Our experts regularly provide their expertise as tutors in international BTSF trainings.

Contact address for interested parties: btsf@ages.at.

Training activities

Training activities have been in place since 2006. Courses are offered in EU and non-EU countries and are aimed at staff of competent authorities dealing with official controls from EU and selected non-EU countries. Participation in BTSF activities is through the competent authorities in each country. BTSF contact points have been appointed in EU Member States and certain other non-EU countries to coordinate the selection of participants.

Last updated: 30.01.2022

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