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Launch to build Austria’s largest life science technology network!

The inter-university core facility network ICoFNET has produced Austria’s largest platform for the exchange of life science technology services and expertise. The three Medical Universities of Graz, Innsbruck and Vienna, as well as the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna are participating in the setup of this ‘shared technology space’. They are linking up existing technologies worth approximately 30 million EUR and the expert know-how of 80 specialists from the four core areas of OMICS-technologies, imaging techniques, biocomputing and functional biomodels.

In addition to the research infrastructure network, pan-university, post-graduate further education and training will be provided, especially to young researchers, in order to initiate and encourage networking. In the future, additional partner institutions will be integrated into the network. The technical realisation of the project will be carried out in cooperation with the FAW GmbH; the research infrastructure platform “ICoFNET” will be open to the public in July 2014. The total cost of the project is more than 520,000 EUR and has been approved for 152,000 EUR of financing as a part of a federal fund for infrastructure in higher education by the former Federal Ministry of Science and Research. 



ELMINet Graz - Correlative Electron Microscopy in Biosciences


The ELMINet (Electron Microscopy Network) Graz is a joint initiative of the three universities to bundle their expertises in the field of

correlative electron microscopy.

In the course of a coordinated investment program, central structures for effective organization and efficient use will be implemented.

The Graz-wide network enables access to new instruments thereby opening options for interdisciplinary research cooperation.

The newly acquired electron microscopes combine different high-resolution technologies that are available as services via the central units.

Combining both, ultrastructural and functional research techniques – f.e. light and electron microscopy, enables novel ways to characterize the

functional relationship of subcellular structures, tissues and biomaterials.

Another goal of ELMINet Graz is a tailored teaching program in the field of electron microscopy.


Lead: Medical University of Graz, Funded with 1 Million Euro


Project partners:

Medical University of Graz:

ZMF – Core Facility Ultrastructure Analysis (Dr. Dagmar Kolb-Lenz)

Department of Cell biology, Histology and Embryology - Research Unit Electron Microscopic Techniques (Univ. Prof. Dr. Gottfried Dohr; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gerd Leitinger)


University of Technology Graz:

Institute of Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis und Graz Centre for Electron Microscopy (Univ. Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Hofer)


Karl- Franzens University of Graz:         

Institute of Plant Sciences / Plant Physiology (Univ. Prof. Dr. Günter Zellnig)


BioTechMed Graz

Graz Centre for Electron Microscopy (ZFE, )

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Medical University of Graz

Dr. Christian Gülly (
Gerhard Hasenberger (
Mag. Andrea Groselj-Strele (

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

PD Dr. Andreas Weinhäusel (


Mag. Dr. Peter Regner (

Medical University of Innsbruck

Dr. Peter Josten (

Medical University of Vienna

Ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Johann Wojta (

University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

Ao. Univ. Prof. Dieter Klein (