Excursions

The VDSP fellows organize excursions to companies in the private sector and industry or large scientific infrastructure, once or twice a year, to acquire information about this work environment and job profiles for highly qualified PhD graduates. 

Excursion May 2019

On the 17th of May 2019 the VDS-P fellows were going to Graz, the Styrian state capital, to visit Anton Paar. They develop, produce and sell high-precision laboratory instruments and process measuring systems as well as tailor-made automation and robotics solutions.

Excursion 2018

On the 15th of November 20 VDS-P fellows traveled to the famous Wachau region to visit the ZKW group in Wieselburg, a company specialised in developing and producing innovative, premium lighting systems and electronics modules for the automotive industry.

After talks from different department experts, the group visited different facilities like the manufacturing sight (injection molding of optical parts) and the light tunnel. The excursion was closed with a meal at the Brauhaus Hendl, a typical Austrian guesthouse.

Excursion November 2017

On the afternoon of November 30 the VDS-P fellows traveled to MedAustron in Wiener Neustadt, Lower Austria. 

MedAustron is an interdisciplinary and transregional research center for the treatment of cancer with ions (ion therapy or particle therapy). 

The particle accelerator generates the particle beam used for medical treatment and research. It was installed in 2012 and the first patient irradiation took place in 2016. MedAustron’s whole particle accelerator consists of over 1.000 parts produced by more than 230 manufacturers in more than 22 countries.
For the VDS-P physicists this was a great opportunity to see how physics is applied in the medical sector. 

After an introductory talk the group continued for a tour with access to the accelerator.

Excursion February 2017

From 1-2 February the VDSP fellows traveled to Munich. 

They received a guided tour through the Deutsches Museum to learn more about hand-on demonstrations for science outreach purposes and visited the Infineon Technologies AG including the failure-analysis-laboratories to gain insight into the working conditions and employment opportunities in a technology-based company.