FiBL Austria - hub and service centre between research and practice
FiBL Austria was founded in May 2004 as a non-profit organization based in Vienna. The FiBL team in Austria currently consists of 24 staff members.
FiBL Austria regards itself as a service centre and interface between research and practice, coupled with an active role in networking all stakeholders along the organic food production chain.
FiBL Austria cultivates intensive cooperation with both Austrian research partners (e.g. Agricultural Research and Education Centre (AREC) Raumberg-Gumpenstein, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Horticultural College and Research Institute Schönbrunn) and partners in education, training and advisory services (e.g. Rural Further Training Institutes, Chambers of Agriculture, BIO AUSTRIA, Demeter Association, KT-Freiland Association for organic livestock production).
Numerous projects are commissioned by governmental authorities (particularly by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management) but also by private companies (concerning the retail sector e.g. Hofer KG).
Furthermore, FiBL Austria holds diverse lectures at the University of Applied Sciences Wieselburg, at the University College for Agrarian and Environmental Pedagogy, at Rural Further Training Institutes, at the Institute for Business Development (WIFI) among others.
At the international level there is strong cooperation with FiBL Switzerland, FiBL Germany and the Bioinstitut organic institute in the Czech Republic.