History & Milestones

1999

Foundation of IMBA as a joint initiative of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Boehringer Ingelheim.

2000

  • Commitment of Federal Government for funding of IMBA's basic operational budget (7.2 million Euro per year).
  • Agreement with the City of Vienna for funding the new IMBA research building.

2002

  • The geneticist Josef Penninger starts his work as Scientific Director of IMBA.

Picture of the IMBA Ground-breaking Ceremony 2003
Picture of the IMBA Ground-breaking Ceremony 2003

2003

  • With the recruitment of the first IMBA Group Leader (Barry Dickson) IMBA officially starts its operative work.
  • Start of the construction work on the new IMBA research building.

2004

Picture of the front side of the IMBA building
Picture of the front side of the IMBA building

2005

  • The biochemist and molecular biologist Jürgen Knoblich starts his work as Deputy Scientific Director of IMBA.
  • Barry Dickson receives the Wittgenstein Award by the Austrian Government, the most generously supported research program in Austria.

2006

  • Opening Ceremony of the IMBA/GMI research building, officially called "Austrian Academy of Sciences - Life Sciences Center Vienna".
  • Opening of the Vienna Open Lab. It is the first biomolecular hands-on laboratory in Austria and a joint initiative of IMBA and the incorporated society dialog<>gentechnik.

2007

  • Josef Penninger receives the Descartes Prize for Research by the European Commission.
  • Foundation of the Vienna Drosophila RNAi Center (VDRC) which is a joint initiative of IMBA and its partner institute IMP. Its transgenic RNAi library maintains about 22,000 Drosophila knock-out stocks and makes them available to researchers worldwide.
  • The Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) elects Josef Penninger as full member.
  • Shortly after its opening, the Vienna Open Lab welcomes its thousandth guest.
  • The IMBA Fundraising Committee is established to support the further development of IMBA's scientific goals. High-ranking members as W. Schüssel (chair), H. Androsch, C. Djerassi, M. Eiselsberg and H.S.H. Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein are on board.
  • The Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine by the Jung-Stiftung for Science and Research goes to Josef Penninger.
  • Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel takes on the chair of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).
  • Implementing of Austria's only cryo-transmission electron microscope, the "FEI TF30 Polara".
  • Josef Penninger receives the Carus Medal by the German National Academy of Sciences "Leopoldina".

2008

  • IMBA Group Leader Kazufumi Mochizuki receives the ERC Starting grant by the European Research Council.
  • The City of Vienna and the Ministry of Science agree on a 52 mio. Euro investment package to further extend and set up scientific core facilities with a broad range of new technologies.
  • IMBA takes part in the event "Long Night of Research".
  • Josef Penninger receives the "Advanced Investigator Grant" by the European Research Council.

2009

  • Jürgen Knoblich receives the Wittgenstein Award by the Austrian Government, the most generously supported research program in Austria.
  • Lucia Aronica (Martinez group) wins the national FameLab contest which is an annual competition to find the best science communicator. In the International Final in Cheltenham (GB) she was voted third.
  • Josef Penninger receives the ASMR Medal by the Australian Society for Medical Research
  • IMBA takes part in the public event "European Researchers' Night".


2010

  • IMBA Group Leader Julius Brennecke receives the ERC Starting grant by the European Research Council and the FWF START prize by the Federal Ministry of Science and Research.
  • The Austrian Academy of Sciences elects Jürgen Knoblich as Corresponding Member.
  • IMP, IMBA, GMI and MFPL start the Vienna Biocenter Summer School which provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to work side by side with leading researchers.
  • Foundation of the Campus Science Support Facilities (CSF) to provide top scientific infrastructure.
  • Jürgen Knoblich receives the "Advanced Investigator Grant" by the European Research Council.

2012

  • Josef Penninger is awarded with the $7.4 million Innovator Award for his breast cancer advances through the US Department of Defense (Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program).
  • IMBA is voted as second to top international workplace for postdoctoral researchers by The Scientist magazine.

2013

  • IMBA celebrates 10 years of research. Among the guests are Austrian Federal President Heinz Fischer and Tenor José Carreras. A two-days scientific symposium with international top speakers - one of them Nobel Prize winner John B. Gurdon - completes the jubilee celebrations.
  • Jürgen Knoblich's publication on lab grown "mini brains" gains high international media interest.
  • Four IMBA scientists receive grants from the European Research Council (ERC).

2014

  • Josef Penninger receives the Wittgenstein Award by the Austrian Government, the most generously supported research program in Austria.

The Vienna Biocenter in the third district of Vienna has established itself as the premier location for life sciences in Central Europe and is a world-leading international bio-medical research center.

 

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