About us

Get to know the Knowledge Transfer Centre West
Find out who we are and what we stand for!

Opening new knowledge horizons together

As a joint project of the universities of Linz, Salzburg, Kufstein, Innsbruck and Vorarlberg (Dornbirn), the Knowledge Transfer Centre West (WTZ West) is Western Austria’s most important competence centre for academic knowledge and technology transfer.

Supported by the AWS with funds out the bmwfw, six leading academic institutions and their associated partners joined forces in 2014 to create a joint knowledge culture. In July 2019, the partnership has been growing: Meanwhile the cooperation includes eleven academic institutions.

Our aim is to optimize cooperation between the individual universities and improve their interfaces with economy and society. Through joint projects and activities, we seek to intensify knowledge and technology transfer in a sustainable way, identifying exploitation potentials and making use of synergies.

Paving the way for innovation

As we are particularly interested in knowledge transfer in areas beyond commercialization, we have a special focus on humanities, social sciences and cultural studies as well as on the arts, as these areas are often a vital basis for social innovation. By dealing with topics such as entrepreneurship or future-oriented copyright issues, our aim is to create new standards of interdisciplinary work.
Last but not least, an important task of the WTZ West is to put the spotlight on research in general, solidifying Austria’s reputation as an excellent research and business location.

How do you benefit from the services of the WTZ West?

The WTZ West gets you in touch with the perfect experts for your research query. No matter what kind of business problem you need an academic research partner for – the WTZ West is your research interface, getting you in touch with the perfect people. Using the WTZ West as your central hub will help you cut down on time and costs because you don’t have to go looking for the right expert yourself. Please contact us at office@wtz-west.at and we will pass on your query to the right expert as quickly as possible, without you having to do any time-consuming research yourself.

Locations of the WTZ West.
Partneruniversitäten des WTZ West.