2020 Houska Prize

Award Ceremony on 24 September 2020

2020 Houska Prize Review

Austria’s top research projects were honoured on 24 September 2020 with the acclaimed Houska Prize from the B&C Private Foundation. From a longlist of 60 submissions, a high-calibre expert jury selected the winning projects in two categories – Higher Education Research and Research & Development in SMEs – in a two-stage process. The winner of the audience prize was chosen in an online poll of all the nominated projects. Guest speaker at the Houska Talk was the top international economist Prof. Hans-Werner Sinn, who gave a talk entitled Green Deal – Vision and the ‘Whatever-it-takes’ Reality.

TU Graz and MacroArray Diagnostics Win the 2020 Houska Prize

In the Higher Education Research category, Prof. Harald Plank from the Institute of Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis at TU Graz won the main prize for his 3D nanoprinting research project. In the Research & Development in SMEs category, Christian Harwanegg from Vienna company MacroArray Diagnostics GmbH impressed the expert jury and the members of the advisory committee, taking away the golden Houska Prize trophy for his project Allergy Explorer - the Key to Allergy Diagnoses. Congratulations!


Higher Education Research

1. Platz für TU Graz

1st Prize: 3D Nanoprinting

TU Graz - Graz University of Technology, Institute of Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis

Assoc. Prof. DI Dr. Harald Plank

2. Platz für Megan Cordill

2nd Prize: Unbreakable, flexible electronics

ÖAW - Erich Schmid Institute of Material Science (ESI)

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Megan J. Cordill

Publikumspreis Hochschulforschung für TU Wien

3d Audience Prize: Parkinson-on-a-Chip

TU Wien - Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Peter Ertl

Anerkennungspreis für FH Salzburg

Recognition Prize: Secure data protection-oriented IT architectures for future energy systems

Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Center for Secure Energy Informatics

FH-Prof. Priv.-Doz. DI Mag. Dr. Dominik Engel

Anerkennungspreis Hochschulforsching für ÖAW/GMI

Recognition Prize: Spike-ins for quantification of small RNA molecules

ÖAW - Gregor Mendel Institute for Molecular Plant Biology (GMI)

Dr. Michael Nodine

Research & Development in SMEs

1. Platz Forschung & Entwicklung in KMU

1st Prize: Allergy Explorer – the key for allergy diagnosis

MacroArray Diagnostics GmbH

Dr. Christian Harwanegg, MBA

2. Platz für Bitmovin

2nd Prize: PROMETHEUS ­­– the future of video streaming

bitmovin GmbH

DI Stefan Lederer, DI Christopher Müller, Assoc.Prof. Priv.-Doz. DI Dr. Christian Timmerer


3rd Audience Prize: Boosting e-waste-recycling

UrbanGold GmbH

DI Dr. Stefan Konetschnik

Scarletred GmbH

Recognition Award: SCARLETRED – digital dermatology 2.0


Dr. Harald Schnidar, MBA

2020 Houska Prize: Award Ceremony on 24 September 2020

(short version, in German)

Greetings from  Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen

(in German)

Houska-Talk with Prof. Hans-Werner Sinn about Green Deal - Vision and the 'Whatever-it-takes'-Reality

(in German)

Greetings from the B&C Private Foundation Board

(in German)

Live-Stream of the Award Ceremony on 24 September 2020

(long version, in German)

Special Supplement Kronen Zeitung

(in German)

Houskapreis 2020: Sonderbeilage Kronen Zeitung