Our first retreat took place in Prein/Reichenau a.d. Rax in Gustav Ammerer’s mansion on May 17 & 18, 2022. We, the groupleaders, came together to refresh our ideas about our projects and organize the next steps for the consortium. Gustav’s hospitality and humor were inspiring, as always.
The atmosphere during the retreat can be perfectly summarized by Chris Campbell saying: “It has been a long time since I have been in such a scientifically stimulating environment…”
More fundamental knowledge to create more efficient electronics, more stable quantum computers, or to better understand the molecular mechanisms of heredity—the FWF’s “Special Research Programmes” programme enables teams at different research institutes to work together to investigate a central research question. The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is providing a total of €15 million in funding to four new Special Research Programmes, involving numerous teams from Austria and Germany. The aim is to promote further collaboration and closer networks among leading researchers.
Meiosis is the key to heredity, fertility and commercial breeding.
Expanding on existing strengths
Austria hosts research groups with a long-standing interest in meiosis, chromosome dynamics, gametogenesis and evolution. Scientists in this SFB address scientific questions centered on different aspects of meiosis using a set of model systems and state-of-the-art technologies.
Bringing the idea to practice
All running projects require expertise that goes beyond that covered by each group. The joint know-how will enable the 9 participating groups to establish innovative approaches to explore challenging aspects of meiosis.