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WU welcomes the Austrian Academy of Sciences to its new Department Building 5

WU is pleased to wel­come the Aus­trian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) to Cam­pus WU. Start­ing August 1, the ÖAW’s Vi­enna In­sti­tute of Demo­graphy (VID) will be rent­ing of­fices in WU’s newest de­part­ment build­ing (D5).

ÖAW will be rent­ing an entire floor in the D5 build­ing, with a total floor space of ap­prox­im­ately 700m2. Some 50 ÖAW em­ploy­ees will be work­ing and con­duct­ing re­search in the build­ing. “We are pleased to wel­come the ÖAW to Cam­pus WU. This will strengthen our already ex­ist­ing co­oper­a­tion,” says Rector Badelt.

Co­oper­a­tion between WU and ÖAW

WU and ÖAW have worked to­gether closely for some time. With WU’s Demo­graphy Group, the WU Re­search In­sti­tute for Hu­man Cap­ital and Devel­op­ment, and ÖAW’s Vi­enna In­sti­tute of Demo­graphy, the two in­sti­tu­tions are con­cen­trat­ing their com­pet­ences in the field of global demo­graphy un­der one roof, namely that of the Wit­tgen­stein Centre for Demo­graphy and Global Hu­man Cap­ital (in co­oper­a­tion with the World Pop­u­la­tion Pro­gram of the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute for Ap­plied Sys­tems Ana­lysis [II­ASA] in Lax­en­burg). Both WU’s Demo­graphy Group and the Re­search In­sti­tute for Hu­man Cap­ital and Devel­op­ment will also be mov­ing to the new build­ing along with the ÖAW in­sti­tute. Found­ing Dir­ector of the Wit­tgen­stein Centre is WU pro­fessor Wolfgang Lutz, who heads all three of the co­oper­at­ing in­sti­tutes/pro­grams. “By mov­ing into WU’s new D5 build­ing, we are tak­ing a fur­ther step to strengthen Vi­enna as a center for demo­graphy re­search,” says Lutz about the plans to unite both in­sti­tu­tions un­der the same roof.

About the D5 Build­ing

WU pur­chased the build­ing, situ­ated on the only avail­able lot im­me­di­ately ad­ja­cent to Cam­pus WU, in late 2013 to be able to provide ad­di­tional classrooms and of­fice space. Con­struc­tion on the com­plex began in Septem­ber 2013 and was com­pleted in April of 2015. The build­ing has been in trial op­er­a­tion since May, this phase will be con­cluded at the end of June, when WU will take over op­er­a­tion of the build­ing and start re­lo­cat­ing of­fices over the sum­mer. In ad­di­tion to the ÖAW on the second floor, parts of the WU De­part­ment for So­cioeco­nom­ics will be mov­ing into the third floor. The re­main­ing floors will be oc­cu­pied by the WU De­part­ment for Strategy and In­nov­a­tion. Like the other build­ings on Cam­pus WU, the ground floor of D5 is pub­lic­ally ac­cess­ible and con­tains an aud­it­or­ium seat­ing 165 and a 60-seat sem­inar room. Up one open flight of stairs are a fur­ther 60-seat sem­inar room, three 30-seat sem­inar rooms, and an in­di­vidual study zone for up to 40 stu­dents. The top five floors house of­fice units. The basic design and all op­er­a­tional plan­ning re­quire­ments con­form to the stand­ards in place on Cam­pus WU, fa­cil­it­at­ing the un­com­plic­ated in­teg­ra­tion of the new build­ing into cam­pus op­er­a­tions. The of­fi­cial open­ing will be held in Septem­ber.

Cor­ne­lia Moll
Press Re­la­tions Of­ficer
Tel.: + 43-1-31336 ext. 4977


WU Press Re­lease WU wel­comes the Aus­trian Academy of Sciences to its new De­part­ment Build­ing 5 as PDF

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