ACADEMIA SUPERIOR – Insti­tute for Future Stud­ies is orga­nized as a non-prof­it asso­ci­a­tion based in Linz, Aus­tria, with two sup­port­ing com­mit­tees: The aca­d­e­m­ic board and the board of trustees.

The peo­ple behind ACADEMIA SUPERIOR are unit­ed by their com­mite­ment to the suc­cess­ful future of Upper Aus­tria and its people.

The sci­en­tif­ic foun­da­tion of the think tank is a high-lev­el advi­so­ry board, which includes two dozen mem­bers from sci­ence and research from Aus­tria and abroad and many dis­ci­plins. The Board of Trustees of ACADEMIA SUPERIOR is com­posed of well-known entre­pre­neurs from Upper Austria.

The people behind Academia Superior

The Aca­d­e­m­ic Advi­so­ry Board con­sists of mem­bers from var­i­ous schol­ar­ly dis­ci­plines from Aus­tria and abroad. This diver­si­ty guar­an­tees a 360 ° view of new developments.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Hengstschläger
Aca­d­e­m­ic Director

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Achatz
Legal Schol­ar

em. o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mitchell Ash

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jesus Cre­spo Cuaresma
Macro econ­o­mist

Dr. Hen­ri­at­ta Egerth-Stadlhuber
Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of FFG

em. o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Erich Gornik

o. Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Richard Hagelauer

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rein­hard Haller
Expert for crim­i­nal psychology

Sir Richard Tim­o­thy Hunt
Nobel lau­re­ate for medicine

Univ.- Prof i.R Dr. Peter Kampits

Univ.-Prof. i.R. Dr. Erich Peter Klement

Helmut Kramer ist Beiratsmitglied der ACADEMIA SUPERIOR

Prof. Dr. Hel­mut Kramer

Moni­ka Langth­aler-Rosen­berg, MSc
Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of brainbows

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mein­hard Lukas
Uni­ver­si­ty Pres­i­dent and Legal Scholar

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolf­gang Mazal
Legal Schol­ar

Univ.- Prof Dr. Hubert Pehamberger

Dr. Johan­na Rachinger
Direc­tor of the Nation­al Library

Univ.- Prof Dr. Ani­ta Rieder
Social med­i­cine Scholar

em. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Friedrich Schneider

Brud­er David Steindl-Rast
Bene­dic­tine monk

ao. Univ.-Prof. i.R. Dr. Rudolf Taschner

Alan Web­ber
Entre­pre­neur, Jour­nal­ist and Major

em. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitte Winklehner
Eura­sia-Pacif­ic Uninet

o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Anton Zeilinger
Quan­tum physicist

em. Univ.-Prof. DDr. Paul M. Zulehner
Pas­toral theologian

LH-Stv. Mag. Christine Haberlander


ACADEMIA SUPERIOR not only serves to show prob­lems, but also to devel­op solu­tions. We pro­mote an open debate on burn­ing ques­tions with­out blind­ers. It is also impor­tant for deci­sion-mak­ers to leave their own com­fort zone, lis­ten well, seek advice and have the courage to devel­op the soci­ety in new ways.
Here, ACADEMIA SUPERIOR makes a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion. I am very pleased to be able to con­tin­ue and devel­op ACADEMIA SUPERIOR. You all are cor­dial­ly invit­ed to par­tic­i­pate in this process and to shape the future together.

Deputy Gov­er­nor Mag. Chris­tine Haber­lan­der is pres­i­dent of the Think Tank ACADEMIA SUPERIOR, which was found­ed in 2010. She stud­ied eco­nom­ics in Linz and has been a mem­ber of the Upper Aus­tri­an Gov­ern­ment since 2017 and is respon­si­ble for edu­ca­tion, women and health.


Christine Haberlander

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Hengstschläger

Academic Director

With ACADEMIA SUPERIOR, we have cre­at­ed a very spe­cial think tank. Sur­prise Fac­tors are a key ele­ment in this think tank. Our claim is to work sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly on prob­lem solu­tions and to derive tan­gi­ble results. We are liv­ing in an unscript­ed time, where pre­dic­tions are becom­ing more and more dif­fi­cult. With our Sur­prise Fac­tors con­cept, we draw the lessons from the recent past and the present! That’s the excit­ing thing about ACADEMIA SUPERIOR. I am very proud that this for­ward-look­ing idea was born here in Upper Austria.

Mag. Dr. Michael Strugl, MBA

Founding President (2010–2019)

With ACADEMIA SUPERIOR, we now have an instru­ment with which we can not only think about the future, but can also tack­le future visions — not just a think tank, but also a do tank. At ACADEMIA SUPERIOR, the best brains should work togeth­er: peo­ple who are inter­na­tion­al­ly suc­cess­ful, peo­ple who are well estab­lished and renowned in science.

Infor­ma­tion on the asso­ci­a­tion ACADEMIA SUPERIOR:

ACADEMIA SUPERIOR – Gesellschaft für Zukunftsforschung
ZVR-Zahl 692228369

Loca­tion: Linz

Pres­i­dent: LH-Stv. Mag. Chris­tine Haberlander

Deputy Pres­i­dent: Mag. Hele­na Kirchmayr

Cashier: Mag. Karl Burner

Sec­re­tary: Mag. Mar­tin Hajart, MBA

Dr.phil. Clau­dia Schwarz
Exec­u­tive Director

Tel. +43 732 2468 5050
E‑Mail: schwarz(at)
Claudia Schwarz

Mag. Michael Hauer
Research Associate

Tel. +43 732 2468 5052
E‑Mail: hauer(at)
Michael Hauer

Julia Leit­ner, BA
Office- und Eventmanagement

Tel. +43 732 2468 5050
E‑Mail: office(at)

The Board of Trustees is chaired by Gov­er­nor Mag. Thomas Stelz­er and com­posed of renowned Upper Aus­tri­an busi­ness peo­ple. They sup­purt the idea behind ACADEMIA SUPERIOR.

Academia Superior – Gesellschaft für Zukunftsforschung