Press dossier about ACADEMIA SUPERIOR

    We out­line new paths for the future of Upper Aus­tria ACADEMIA SUPERIOR — Insti­tute for Futures Stud­ies is a non-prof­it asso­ci­a­tion with the mis­sion of iden­ti­fy­ing and ana­lyz­ing cur­rent chal­lenges at a local, nation­al and inter­na­tion­al lev­el and deriv­ing rec­om­men­da­tions for action for deci­sion-mak­ers in Upper Austria.

    Recognizing Opportunities – Shaping the Future


    Think­ing ahead and shap­ing the future
    In a world that is becom­ing increas­ing­ly com­plex, there is much to explore, to decide and to shape. This is why we need inno­v­a­tive and glob­al per­spec­tives for fac­tu­al and future-ori­ent­ed discussions.

    A Think Tank for Upper Austria

    ACADEMIA SUPERIOR iden­ti­fies cur­rent chal­lenges and is open and curi­ous about the future. We cre­ate free spaces for inno­v­a­tive and cre­ative think­ing and encour­age fact-based dis­cours­es and debates. The result­ing rec­om­men­da­tions for action open up new oppor­tu­ni­ties and poten­tial for shap­ing the future. This is how our think tank turns into a do tank.

    Aims & Pathways

    ACADEMIA SUPERIOR is look­ing for the SURPRISE FACTORS, sur­pris­ing devel­op­ments that are often neglect­ed but will sig­nif­i­cant­ly affect our future. With inter­na­tion­al exper­tise and a trans­dis­ci­pli­nary approach, we show new per­spec­tives, unhooked from the dai­ly pol­i­tics. A tar­get­ed look beyond the hori­zon opens up new hori­zons through uncon­ven­tion­al approach­es. This is how we iden­ti­fy the main issues and solu­tions for cur­rent and future challenges.


    The peo­ple behind ACADEMIA SUPERIOR are unit­ed by their com­mite­ment to the suc­cess­ful future of Upper Aus­tria and its peo­ple. In 2010, pres­i­dent Michael Strugl and the aca­d­e­m­ic direc­tor Markus Hengstschläger found­ed the think tank. The office is locat­ed at the Sci­ence Park of the Johannes Kepler Uni­ver­si­ty of Linz and is head­ed by Clau­dia Schwarz.

    A Network in Science, Business and Politics

    The Aca­d­e­m­ic Advi­so­ry Board con­sists of mem­bers from var­i­ous dis­ci­plines in research and sci­ence from Aus­tria and abroad. This diver­si­ty guar­an­tees a 360° view on new devel­op­ments. The Board of Trustees, chaired by Gov­ern­er Thomas Stelz­er, con­sists of renowned Upper Aus­tri­an busi­ness­peo­ple. They sup­port the idea behind ACADEMIA SUPERIOR.

    Pres­i­dent: Deputy Gov­er­nor Mag. Dr. Michael Strugl, MBA
    Aca­d­e­m­ic Direc­tor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Hengstschläger
    Exec­u­tive Direc­tor: Dr. Clau­dia Schwarz
    Chair­man of the Board of Trustees: Gov­er­nor Mag. Thomas Stelzer


    Young peo­ple are an inte­gral part of the wor of ACADEMIA SUPERIOR. As our YOUNG ACADEMIA, young peo­ple offer an alter­na­tive per­spec­tive and dis­cuss their con­cerns on an equal foot­ing. Cre­ative ideas and new approach­es rise from this endeav­our. Young peo­ple are thus made aware of the chal­lenges of the future while old­er gen­er­a­tions are made aware of the prospects of young people.

    Discovering the opportunities of the future together

    Rec­og­niz­ing and shap­ing the future works best in exchange with oth­ers. With this con­vic­tion we delib­er­ate­ly coop­er­ate with oth­ers and oper­ate in an inter­na­tion­al and region­al net­work of “future part­ners”. This is how we keep up to date and always approach new per­spec­tives openly.


    ACADEMIA SUPERIOR process­es the oppor­tu­ni­ties of the future from dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives and with a holis­tic approach. Accord­ing­ly, we are not lim­it­ed to pre­con­ceived top­ics, but address rel­e­vant top­ics of all kinds. Espe­cial­ly through this inter­linked point of view and the com­bi­na­tion of con­tent new per­sec­tives and scopes of action unfold.

    Bringing in knowledge from the outside

    ACADEMIA SUPERIOR invites experts from all parts of the world to share their knowl­edge and apply it to Upper Aus­tria. From these diverse and glob­al­ly dis­persed per­spec­tives, ideas and exam­ples, new solu­tions for region­al chal­lenges emerge.