Welcome to
Institute of Science and Technology Austria

xista science park is adjacent to ISTA, an international institute dedicated to basic research and graduate education in natural and mathematical sciences. The immediate vicinity of this world-class research institute creates opportunities and synergies for both xista science park tenants and the scientists at ISTA.

Discover ISTA

ISTA is an interdisciplinary research institution that aims to break down the traditional boundaries between disciplines. Its focus is on basic research in the life sciences, the physical sciences, mathematics and computer science. ISTA fosters both theoretical and experimental research, with an emphasis on close and meaningful collaborations between the two camps. By 2026, up to 90 research groups will perform research in an international state-of-the-art environment.

A place for leading researchers

The ambitious vision behind ISTA sketches a world-leading, independent research institute that is measured by the impact of its publications. Since its inception in 2006, ISTA has earned considerable recognition by the scientific community, with its researchers publishing in international top-tier journals and conferences, as well as acquiring numerous prestigious prices and grants for scientific excellence. As ISTA is also dedicated to graduate education, there is a perpetual stream of high-potential PhD graduates and postdocs emerging from the institue. Thereby, high-tech companies residing at xista science park can benefit from ISTA as a source of highly-qualified talent.

Find out more about ISTA

State-of-the-art infrastructure

Since ISTA's campus opening in 2009, the institute is growing steadily, with new buildings added every year. ISTA’s premises comprise

  • various lab and office buildings,
  • a main building with a lecture hall, seminar center and guest house
  • a biomaging facility,
  • an electron microscopy facility
  • a library,
  • a nanofabrication facility,
  • a preclinical facility,
  • scientific computing infrastructure,
  • as well as a machine shop with state-of-the-art prototyping equipment.

Bridging science and industry

Through its dedicated technology transfer organisation xista innovation, ISTA is building strong relationships with the industry. xista innovation supports and promotes application-driven and entrepreneurial researchers at ISTA.

Possibilities to collaborate range from mutual R&D projects to the licensing of new technologies developed at ISTA. To foster entrepreneurial activities, ISTA has also established xista science ventures, a deep tech-focused seed funds open not only to projects and founders from ISTA, but also Austrian-based startups in general.

xista science ventures is operating its own coworking space at xista science park. Startups can benefit from all-inclusive coworking packages including the use of shared infrastructure.

Read more about xista innovation