2023 Houska Prize

Award Ceremony on April 27, 2023

2023 Houska Prize Review

Austria’s top research projects were honoured on 27 April 2023 with the acclaimed Houska Prize from the B&C Private Foundation.  Out of 67 submissions the best 13 projects - five projects each in the categories "Higher Education Research" and "Non-University Research" and three projects in the category "Research & Development in SMEs" - were selected for the final. Guest speaker at the Houska Talk was Gabriel Felbermay, an internationally highly respected Austrian economist and Director of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO). He gave a talk entitled "Relevant in the World - Relevant for Europe". Host of the award ceremony was the Austrian Puls 4 anchor woman Isabella Richtar.

TU Wien, Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft and Cube Dx win the 2023 Houska Prize

In the Higher Education Research category, Michael Harasek from the Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Bioscience Engineering at the Vienna University of Technology won the main prize for his research project "Seperation and Compression of Hydrogen for Fuel Cells". Elisabeth Häusler from the Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft convinces the jury in the category "Non-University research" with the Connected Boot for sensor-based feedback and mobile analysis for optimised alpine skiing. In the Research & Development in SMEs category, Bernhard Ronacher from the Upper Austrian company Cube Dx impressed the expert jury and the members of the advisory committee, taking away the golden Houska Prize trophy for "compact sequencing, a method for an early sepsis diagnosis". Congratulations!

Higher Education Research

Houakspreis 2023: 1. Platz für Universität Wien

1st Prize: Separation and Compression of Hydrogen for Fuel Cells

TU Wien

Ao. Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Michael Harasek

Houskapreis 2023: 2. Platz für Uni Wien

2nd Prize: Computer-Assisted Structural Biology

University of Vienna

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mag. Robert Konrat

Houskapreis 2023: 2. Platz Sabine Brandt von der Vetmed

3rd Prize: Immunotherapy of Papillomavirus-Induced Skin Cancer in Horses

University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna

Priv.-Doz.in DI.in Dr.in Sabine Brandt

Houskapreis 2023: Nominierung für

Nominated: Inline Holographic Miscroscopy for Food, Pharma and Environment

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences

Priv.-Doz. DI Dr. Peter van Oostrum, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Erik Reimhult

Houskapreis 2023: Nominierung für

Nominated: Targeted Solubilization of Therapeutic Antibodies by RNA

University of Vienna

Dr. Anton A. Polyansky, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bojan Zagrovic

Non-University Research

Houskapreis 2023: 1 Platz AuFo für Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft

1st Prize: Sensor-based feedback and mobile analysis for optimised alpine skiing

Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

DI.in (FH) Elisabeth Häusler

Houskapreis 2023: 2. Platz für AIT

2nd Prize: EndoBoost – Endophyte-based Technology Improving Crop Production

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

Priv.-Doz.in DI.in Dr.in Angela Sessitsch

Houskapreis 2023: Nominierung für Wood K plus

3rd Prize: Sustainable Adhesive for wood composite board and furniture

Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH I WOOD Kplus

Dr. Hendrikus van Herwijnen

Houskareis 2023:

Nominated: Personalized Pharmaceutical Inserts via 3D-Printing

RCPE Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering GmbH

Dr.in Simone Eder, MA,  Dr. Martin Spörk, MA

Team ÖIAT, AIT und

Nominated: Real-Time Detection of Fake-Shops through Machine Learning

Austrian Institute for Applied Telecommunications (OIAT)

Mag.a Louise Beltzung

Research & Development in SMEs

Houksapreis 2023: Nominiert

2nd Prize: CIMERA Radome – 4a better connection

4a manufacturing GmbH, Styria

DI Dr. Patrick Hergan, DI.in Dr.in Svea Mayer, DI Michael Pichler

Certification Austrian Eco-Label: Green Events

Since 2022, the B&C Private Foundation's award ceremony has been certified with the "Green Events" eco-label.

To the Certificate

Two-step selection process

The three categories – Higher Education Research, Research & Development in SMEs and Non-University Research – are evaluated independently of one another. Project submissions are evaluated in a two-step procedure by a high-calibre advisory board and an internationally recognised expert jury. The Advisory Committee engages external experts to provide a sound basis for evaluating the submissions. It proposes an initial ranking, which the expert jury makes a final decision on. Five projects are nominated in the categories "Higher Education" and "Non-University Research", three projects in the category "Research & Development in SMEs". The 2023 Houska Prize winners were awarded on 27 April 2023.

2023 Houska Prize: Award Ceremony on 27 April 2023

(in German)

In Memoriam - Mariella Schurz

(in German)
Video - 04:02 Min.
Direction and production: Gregor Hofbauer, 2023

Special Supplement profil

(in German)

Houskapreis 2023: Sonderbeilage im Profil