The Austrian Academy of Sciences, founded in 1847, is the leading organisation promoting non-university academic research institutions in Austria. It developed from being a mere learned society into an organisation promoting modern scientific research institutions. In the awareness of its social, cultural and economic responsibility, the Academy conducts basic research which is open for practical applications, and its members support this function by making their broad range of expertise available to the public and advising decision makers in politics and business. The Academy is currently promoting 27 research institutions with more than 1,700 employees, which are located in several federal states of Austria, with the headquarters in the Old University in the center of Vienna. In the stunning 18th century frescoed festive hall of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (where Haydn and Beethoven conducted premieres of their work) CeMM holds its yearly Landsteiner Lecture.
The Academy gave new impetus by taking up forward-looking research areas. Scientific quality, innovation potential and sustainability are the main criteria for its research profile. The connection between basic research and clinical research has been established by setting up CeMM, one of several Academy institutes that stand the test of international competition.