IV 2020 Vienna will take place at the Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien).
The institutional roots of TU Wien, which was founded in 1815 as the “Imperial & Royal Polytechnic Institute of Vienna”, lie in the military and technical-commercial colleges which began to spring up in Austria, as they did all over Europe, at the start of the 18th century: military engineering academies, mining academies, construction academies and also what were called “Realakademien” (business academies) which had a primarily commercial focus.
In 1990, TU Wien celebrated its 175th anniversary. Soon afterwards, with the second University Organisation Act in 1993 (UOG 93), a new institutional framework was established for Austrian universities; above all, this was intended to give them more autonomy, after they had already been given partial legal independence in 1988. Following UOG 93, the university was again led by the Rector and a newly convened Senate, supported by Vice-Rectors and an advisory university council. TU Wien converted to the new university organisation on 1 January 1999.
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