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Welcome to Graz, Austria

The City of Graz 

SchlossbergGraz, the second-largest city in Austria, is a center of science, industry, commerce and culture, and an important gateway to South-Eastern Europe because of its geographical situation. This position has brought Graz many synergies that have influenced the development of the city and it has contributed to its international reputation.

For its public humanitarian commitment, the city of Graz was declared Europe’s first City of Human Rights by the United Nations. The unique old town center with its Renaissance buildings and Baroque churches, inviting places, narrow streets and alleys has become a UNESCO World Heritage site. As European Cultural Capital 2003, Graz has seized its opportunities to present itself to a broader international audience as a city, living with a rich traditional heritage that has evolved over many centuries, and which has an impressive record of new attractions added to it.

It is a city of contrasts, visible in the new spectacular architecture of the socalled Kunsthaus (House of Art), set right in the middle of the historical old town center, or in the sensitive composition of traditional and modern architecture in the university district. Large-scale projects of renowned representatives of the architectural scene of Graz have added new highlights to the cityscape, like for example the new Helmut-List-Halle, a multifunctional hall, and a synagogue, being one more clearly visible invitation to dialog. You can find traditional and modern trends coexisting in all branches of culture, and in an amazing kaleidoscope of events. The cultural festival ”steirischer herbst“ has become a synonym for avantgarde programs. ”Styriarte“ is an internationally renowned music festival.

The variety of the cultural scene is strongly influenced by the roughly 37,000 students who come here to live and learn at one of the four universities, as well as more than 2,000 students of the universities of applied sciences. They all appreciate the highly developed student infrastructure, many good bookshops, nice little pubs, affordable prices in canteens and for flats and the friendly atmosphere of a city that offers a great number of green spaces and a large network of bicycle tracks. Graz as an industrial area profits from the highly qualified men and women who work here, and the existing potential for research that provides companies with important solutions for the improvement of their products and production methods, through the intensive transfer of knowledge and technology. Successful examples of the importance of this co-operation between industry and science are the so-called ”clusters“ of the automotive industry and high technology.


The County of Styria

StyriaIn Steiermark (Styria), you‘ll find all the attractions of Austria in one province. Between the unspoilt nature of the Dachstein glacier and the enchanting scenery of the wine region, there is an abundance of lovely scenic spots and many impressing cultural treasures. The Styrian people, well known for their hospitality, invite you to discover the diversity of their province. With its wide range of holiday offers Steiermark (Styria) caters for all tastes, from pure relaxation holidays to challenging sports experiences and the province is an attractive destination throughout the year. Steiermark (Styria) enjoys a reputation of being the culinary centre of Austria. Besides, the very reasonable prices, the rustic charm and the Mediterranean flair make the province an insider’s tip for pleasure holidays.


Universities Participating in the SFB LIPOTOX  

  University of Graz  TUG  MUG  Library

Photo copyright University of Graz, Medical University of Vienna and Graz University of Technology


Supported by the Austrian Science Fund

updated 28.01.2016    

Project Management: Julia Fröhlich, PhD, University of Graz, Institute of Molecular Biosciences, Heinrichstrasse 31, A-8010 Graz, Austria