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Campusviertel: Student Life Meets the Bourgeoisie

Campusviertel: Student  Life Meets the Bourgeoisie

The 8th District is (after the inner city) the smallest, richest and oldest of all the Vienna Bezirke – and that’s referring to the people not the buildings.  But the northern Grätzl is academics’ country – bounded by Alser Straße, Landesgerichtsstraße (a.k.a. Zweierlinie, the former route of the Nr. 2 tram, torn up more than […]

Location is Everything: Rough Trade at the New WU

Location is Everything: Rough Trade at the New WU

The neon lights of the Prater amusement park glowed in the descending darkness on Perspektivstraße. Two women sat on the curb amid the stench of greasy sausage from the “Hans Wurst” Würstelstand. They wore black tank tops, jean shorts cut high over bare buttocks, and platform heels.  Looking further down the road, a third, then […]

Book Review: The Parodoxical Erwin Schrödinger in Love and Work

Book Review: The Parodoxical Erwin Schrödinger in Love and Work

by Rennie Sweeney The intricacies of a life are woven inextricably into the weave of work and the professional world. In Erwin Schrödinger and the Quantum Revolution, biographer John Gribbin follows the thread through the Austrian physicist’s fascinating, often eyebrow-raising life alongside scientific milestones. Pleasantly readable, it’s an introduction to seminal ideas for those unfamiliar […]

Vienna Lit

Vienna Lit

Virginia Woolf thought heaven was probably “one continuous unexhausted reading.” But even if your idea of heaven features life beyond the library, if you fancy an opportunity to chat about what you’ve been reading, Vienna Lit’s book group is a promising place to start. The English language reading group is open to everyone, taking on […]

New Hope for Taming the Shake of Parkinson’s

New Hope for Taming the Shake of Parkinson’s

Treating the debilitating shake of Parkinson’s disease may just have gotten easier, with results from a recent Medical University of Vienna clinical trial in a new and rechargeable technology showed significant patient improvement.  The “Vantage” study looked at 40 subjects at six European centres, given Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) with the new device. Preliminary results […]

On the Ringstraße

On the Ringstraße

 Piefke Saga revisited There are now enough German students in Austria to fill the entire University of Heidelberg. Many of the 30,000 are refugees from Germany’s strict numerus clausus rules (which Vindobona is anxious to point out does not necessarily make them stupid). Others simply prefer living here. Also it’s much cheaper. The issue, a […]

A Slice of Wiener Life, According to an Ausländer

A Slice of Wiener Life, According to an Ausländer

An honour system. For riding the metro? This was something new. How can you allow people to just wander onto a platform without bothering to check their tickets? And what’s with pushing buttons or yanking handles to open the wagon doors? These were some of my very early impressions when I first found myself in […]

Job Creator Uni Wien

Job Creator Uni Wien

The University of Vienna, Austria’s largest academic institution, creates €1.13 billion purchasing power in Vienna thus creating 4,300 jobs in the Austrian capital, according to a recent study published by the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Its 91,000 students, which make up 5% of Vienna’s citizens, have an estimated total spending power of €827 million, the […]

University Challenge

University Challenge

The public debate about university funding in Austria has been escalting since April 2012, when students occupied the Auditorium Maximum of the University of Vienna. The police had the facilities cleared within a few hours.   Growing Unrest at Universities, May 11 by Franziska Dzugan With debt of €20 million, the spectre of bankruptcy is […]

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