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World’s most innovative institutions are analogous to symbioses in nature: successful by teaming up experts of different disciplines. When establishing these symbiotic networks, one starts at local level, but has to subsequently enlarge them on regional, national, and finaly, international level.

At the University of Graz, i.e. at local level, COLIBRI -- Complexity of Life in Basic Research and Innovation is such an interdisciplinary initiative for the research of complex systems with focus on the complexity of living systems. Grasping these complexities necessitates a transdisciplinary approach. In consequence, we integrate joint research of several institutes across 4 faculties:

Also for the COLIBRI initiative, this provides a fertile soil for establsihing cooperative research endevours on regional and national level. In the follwowing we list regional and national partners, collaborating with us in research projects within COLIBRI:


Within our Filed of Excellence, already existing relationships of COLIBRI members with international researchers and research institutions are extended as well as further promoted and strengthened through reciprocal research visits and invitations, guest professorships and workshop activities. Through this stimulating environment, joint, high-ranking publications and joint international researc projects are promoted. In the following, there are the listings of our international partners:

  • Alveus AB Consultancy Netherlands, The Netherlands
  • ARM LIMITED, United Kingdom
  • Bee Smart Technologies, Bulgaria
  • Bull SAS, France
  • Carreck Consultancy Ltd, United Kingdom
  • CV. Primary Indonesia, Indonesia
  • Cybertronica Research, Germany
  • GIZ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, Germany
  • HKH Kwaliteit en Certificering, The Netherlands
  • Danmarks Biavlerforening, Denmark
  • Latvian Beekeepers Association, Latvia


Mag. Dr.rer.nat.

Alexander Thomas Goritschnig

Research Manager

Office of Research Management and Service
University of Graz
Elisabethstraße 27/II
8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 1294

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.rer.nat.

Thomas Schmickl


Institute of Biology
University of Graz
Universitätsplatz 2
8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 8759

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