It is with deep sadness that the Austrian Science Fund FWF commemorates Klaus Zinöcker, who died on 3 March 2018 after a brief, serious illness accompanied by loving care.

Klaus was an extraordinary and highly esteemed colleague and friend. Like no other, he was able to combine the highest level of professionalism and a unique working ethic with empathy, collegiality and a deep sense of humour.

Even if Klaus Zinöcker was not often in the limelight and never sought it, Austrian science and especially science policy have a lot to thank him for. Through his activities at Joanneum Research, the Vienna Science, Research and Technology Fund (WWTF), the Austrian Platform for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation (fteval) and most recently at the FWF, he was one of the leading architects who developed and established an evaluation culture in Austria at the highest international level.

His last major project was a symbol of Klaus’s highly professional work: the project management of the evaluation of the strategic programmes of the Leibniz Association in Germany. This challenge was carried out by Klaus in a remarkably short period of time while maintaining the highest quality standards, which was also widely acknowledged by leading representatives of international research policy.

Our thoughts are now with his family and friends. We, the FWF, express our deepest sympathy with them. And we will do everything in our power to honour and remember the memory of Klaus, his outstanding achievements and his extraordinary personality, not only in the FWF but also in the entire environment of his professional work.

His death leaves a gap that cannot be filled. Dear Klaus, we will all miss you!

Condolences will be accepted at kondolenz(at)

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