The Institute for Alpine Environment was founded in 1995 to perform problem-oriented research on the conflicting priorities of ecology and economy. Located in the heart of the Alps, the Institute offers the ideal conditions for user-oriented research of mountain areas. In their research, the multidisciplinary team of young scientists uses a combination of experimental field research, computer simulations as well as participative transdisciplinary approaches. The team operates a range of regional, national and international projects in the following research fields:
The research results are regularly published in international scientific journals, presented at conferences, and put into practice. The Institute's know-how is thus directly involved in planning processes (such as the local implementation of the UN's "Agenda 21") and is used in pedagogical programs to inspire curiosity in scientific research, especially among young people.