Member Profile

Upper Austria (Oberösterreich)

Presentation of the Region

Upper Austria is located in the heart of Europe in Austria. The region is one of nine federal states in Austria. Itself the region is further divided into four quarters – Mühlviertel, Innviertel, Hausruckviertel and Traunviertel. Compared to the rest of Austria, 16.7% of the whole population of Austria are living in Upper Austria. This means in total numbers 1,482,095 inhabitants in 2019.

Upper Austria offers a number of Universities, universities of applied sciences, schools of live sciences, higher technical colleges and research centres. With an R&D quota of 3.46%, Upper Austria currently exceeds the Austrian average of 3.19% and the 2.06% average within the EU. By 2020, the R&D quota in Upper Austria should reach 4%. Regional government funding has been increased by € 8.5 million and is to be tripled in the period up to 2020.

Upper Austria can be characterized in a nutshell as a strong technology location with major industrial companies and innovative SMEs. As the nation’s leading export, technology and industrial region, Upper Austria offers everything that companies in international competition need in the shape of first-class infrastructure, qualified specialists, a creative environment and the highest living standards.

Upper Austria has locational advantages in the following areas in both a corporate and research regard: mechanical engineering and mechatronics, mobility, plastics, ICT & digitization, lightweight technology and logistics.

RIS3 Priorities

Upper Austria focuses on S3 and the rapid transfer of research results into business applications in order to place Upper Austria at the forefront of technological developments. We build on the existing strengths of our economy and support our leading companies in expanding their technological lead. Through early recognition of disruptive technologies and the rapid identification of areas of application, we can accelerate development of new business models to create future-proof jobs. We build on our existing regional and national networks and continue to drive internationalisation forward. Our objective is to think more in interdisciplinary approaches in order to make maximum use of the competences and expertise available in Upper Austria.

At the centre of #upperVISION2030 are people who are skilled and educated and represent a key location factor for Upper Austria. They form the basis for stable growth. In addition, there are key technologies and core competences that make Upper Austria independent of a particular industry or subject area. To meet future challenges, the existing core competencies and key technologies are being continuously developed and expanded. Digital transformation stands as an enabler for all business sectors. The three content-related fields of "Systems & technologies for people", "Efficient and sustainable industry & production" and "Connected and efficient mobility" follow with their respective thematic focuses.

Political Representatives
Markus Achleitner

Minister of Economy State of Upper Austria

Regional Contact Persons
DI (FH) Werner Pamminger, MBA

CEO Business Upper Austria

DI Klaus Oberreiter, MBA

Head of Policy & Location Strategy

Mag. Stefanie Jindrak

Projectmanager Policy & Location Strategy

Brussels Contact Persons
Dr. Gerald Lonauer

Head of the Upper Austrian Liason Office in Brussels

Regional Address

Hafenstraße 47-51
4020 Linz

Brussels Office Address

Rue de la Loi 28/14
1040 Brussels

Our Pilots

3DP Pilot implements process to ensure the Pilot’s agility, readability and resource efficiency

Over the last months, extensive efforts have been made to continuously adapt the 3DP Pilot activities to emerging industrial needs.

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3D-printing Pilot gathered for online plenary meeting on 2 April

On April 2nd, the 3D-printing (3DP) Pilot of the Vanguard Initiative held its 11th Plenary Meeting.

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ESM and Bioeconomy Pilots successful in TAF-applications

Technical Assistance Facility (TAF), launched by the European Commission as a tool to support Smart Specialisation Platforms (S3P) -Industry investment projects has been open for a second assessmen