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  • In search of our planet’s siblings –
    astronomers meet in Vienna

    At the moment, Austrian astronomers are playing a pioneering research role in the quest to find habitable planets orbiting other stars. From 20-31 August around 3,000 astronomers from the International Astronomic Union (IAU) will converge on the Austria Center Vienna to discuss the latest research breakthroughs. A special programme for children and young people has also been lined up.  read more

  • Lung cancer: number of deaths in women could almost double by 2030 


    Cancer is the second most common cause of death in Austria today, with one in four fatalities attributable to the disease. In light of the decision to reverse parts of the Austrian smoking ban in 2018, lung cancer will be increasingly in the public eye. It is expected that the number of cases of this particular cancer among women will jump by 92% by 2030. From 7-9 September a group of 1,200 oncologists will meet at the Austria Center Vienna to discuss the latest cancer research and treatment breakthroughs.  read more

  • Dam congress meets in Vienna:
    hydro power playing a key role in reaching climate targets


    Of the 59,100 large dams worldwide, 11,800 are used to generate sustainable hydro power. Although Austria produces 77% of its electricity sustainably, just 28.2% of overall domestic energy consumption is served by renewable sources. The annual meeting of the International Commission On Large Dams from 2-6 July will bring around 2,000 international experts to Vienna. read more

  • Still a taboo topic: one in three women suffers from urinary incontinence 


    One in three women is affected by urinary incontinence at some point in their life. Pregnancy and giving birth are among the biggest risk factors – 70 % of deliveries result in damage to the pelvic floor that makes urinary incontinence more likely later in life. Urinary incontinence and pelvic floor disorders after giving birth and in older women will form a special focus at the Annual Meeting of the International Urogynecological Association, taking place in Vienna from 27-30 June. read more

  • Exposure of unborn babies or children to cannabis can leave their brain permanently impaired 

    Cannabis und Schwangerschaft

    Smoking cannabis and taking certain medications containing cannabinoids during pregnancy can cause irreversible damage to the unborn baby’s brain. This can result in impaired cognitive and motor skills as well as psychological illnesses. At the CINP World Congress of the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology, which starts on 16 June, 3,500 neuropharmacologists will be discussing the effects of substances, such as cannabinoids, and medications on the brain.
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  • One in every four Austrian adolescents too heavy
    – poor role models leading to fatter children

    Familie vor TV

    Overweight and obesity are a huge global issue. By 2025 the number of overweight adults is set to reach 2.7 billion, with a further 177 million clinically obese. In Austria, one in four adolescents is too fat, with each new generation surpassing the previous one when it comes to obesity levels. In response to the crisis, the European Congress on Obesity from 23-26 May will be focusing on combating childhood and adolescent obesity, and on the need for appropriate adult role models to keep it in check. read more

  • Austria’s developer scene meets Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak


    The global tech industry is coming to Vienna from 16-18 May: top Austrian tech companies such as StreamUnlimited will come into direct contact with big names on the international developer scene including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak at the WeAreDevelopers conference. Over 8,000 developers are set to attend the Austrian “Woodstock of developers” at the Austria Center Vienna. read more

  • Public health – there is more to health promotion than just medical care

    Prof. Dorner

    Awareness of how to adopt a healthy lifestyle as well as social and political factors have to be in tune. The real key to keeping people healthy is under discussion by 1,800 public health experts at the 9th European Public Health Conference held at the Austria Center Vienna from 9-12 November 2016. For conditions to improve, health issues need to play a bigger part in both day-to-day life and political decision-making processes.  read more

  • In Austria, three people die from prostate cancer every day – nuclear medicine can help turn the tide

    Beratungsgespräch Prostata

    Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men in Austria. Each year it claims the lives of around 1,150 men in the country – but nuclear medicine-based diagnostics and therapy are already increasing life expectancy. Extending treatment options will be the focus of discussions at the Annual Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM), which started on Saturday.  read more

  • Breast cancer research: mortality rates falling and individual therapies at the ready 

    Prof. Gnant

    Fewer and fewer women are dying as a result of breast cancer thanks to a combination of improved early detection and the continued development of new and existing therapies. At the St. Gallen Breast Cancer Conference, held at the Austria Center Vienna from 15-18 March, a group of leading international experts drew up and agreed on a set of therapy recommendations that will be used in everyday clinical practice as a guideline for breast cancer therapies. read more