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The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is Austria's central funding organization for basic research.

The purpose of the FWF is to support the ongoing development of Austrian science and basic research at a high international level. In this way, the FWF makes a significant contribution to cultural development, to the advancement of our knowledge-based society, and thus to the creation of value and wealth in Austria.
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Petition "Science equals Future"

Dear Reader,

we strongly ask you to support the online petition

The budget negotiations between the Ministry of Finance and the Line Ministries have reached a decisive phase. At this point it is important that the scientific community raises its voice to influence the difficult negotiations in favour of science and research.

In this regard we would like to point out that the FWF participates in a bottom-up initiative entitled "Austria needs Science and Science needs Public Funding". Our goal is to influence the ongoing budget negotiations over the next few weeks in a favourable way for science and research.

For this we need your help! We strongly ask you to support the online petition and to use your personal contacts to raise awareness for this initiative as widely as possible.
The quicker and more extensive the support, the more effective it will be!

The petition has been put online on March 17th 2014 and can be accessed here:

Regarding the FWF’s situation, we would like to draw your attention to an interview with Pascale Ehrenfreund (FWF President) and Dieter Imboden (Head of the FWF’s Supervisory Board), published on Saturday, March 15th 2014, in "Der Standard" (in German):

With all this in mind, we ask you for your full support of this online petition. 
Much is at stake.

Yours sincerely,
The FWF Executive Board

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New Research on Byzantium: Adolescence, Polished Language
24.02.2014 - Two current research projects are dedicated to a detailed analysis of adolescence, on the one hand, and the language of subversion in Byzantium, on the other. The aim of the first project is to gain a better understanding of the adolescent life stage in the Eastern Roman Empire. The second project addresses the literature of the empire at its cultural apex, from the 11th to the 13th century, analysing particularly the use of irony.
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