Working and living in Austria, specifically in Vienna, means finding a creative and stimulating environment. Vienna is the centre of research, culture, and lifestyle in Austria: about 30.000 researchers work in Vienna. Historically, Vienna has always been a city of science and is one of the oldest university cities in Europe. The research landscape is shaped by nine universities, five technical colleges, as well as about 1.000 research institutions.
Austria's scientists have a broad and dense network of facilities, both nationally and internationally, at their disposal. Though a small country, Austria is nevertheless a powerhouse of innovation - as evidenced day after day by the facilities involved in the national innovation system, all of which are driven by entrepreneurial intelligence, a clever range of grant programmes and a sound structure of competence centres at university and extra-university level. Innovation is a prerequisite for international competitiveness, therefore Austria spent about 6 billion EUR on research and development in 2007. Austria ranks among the top third in the European Innovation Scoreboard. Vienna does not only offer an excellent working environment, but has plenty to offer for relaxation, pleasure and recreation.