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Bionic surface wins the prestigious Houska Award 2017 in public voting

On May 4, 2017, the Houska-Award of the B&C Private Foundation, endowed with a total of 400,000 euros, was awarded for the twelfth time. The “Houska-Award” will be awarded five research-oriented research projects from Austria in the categories “university research” and “research & development in SMEs”.

This year, the audience voted for projects from Graz in both categories: bionic surface technologies (category of research & development in SMEs) and Graz University of Technology (category of university research) received the prize of 20,000 euros.

The winners of the two categories are the University of Vienna (“Green Standards in Metabolism Research”) and the Viennese company SIMCharacters (“Preterm Baby Simulator Paul”).


Photo: B&C/APA Fotoservice/Schedl

The video created especially for the awarding of the Houska-Award explains the project “bionic surface”.

“bionic surface”, the riblet surface developed by bionic surface technologies, reduces the friction resistance of flow bodies in fluids by up to 8%. The importance for applications in aviation or in the generation of energy by wind power is enormous.

The project was awarded with the audience prize in a live voting by more than 300 top decision-makers from the worlds of business and research at the festive award ceremony in the Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Arts) Vienna.


Andreas Flanschger, Managing Director of bionic surface technologies, receives the Houska Trophy.
(Foto: B&C/APA Fotoservice/Schedl)