November 19, 2017

Outreach & Press Coverage

We are very committed in communicating with the public interested in science. Therefore, we regularly participate in different public outreach events, and are very active in printed media as well.

We also propose internships for high-school students, to give adolescents the opportunity to get a glimpse of what scientists actually do in research labs nowadays.

If you are interested in an internship or would like to know more about our research: high-performance polymers, plastics, etc., please contact Miriam.

Public Outreach


Symposium of the Zukunftskolleg of the University of Konstanz following the Lindau Nobel Laureate Conference in the Spiegelhalle in Konstanz. Public exhibition “Generating knowledge through failure”, Konstanz, Germany, July 2nd, 2022.


FIT Infotage 2020 – Frauen in die Technik – Information WorkshopDiscussion partner of female high school students (ca. 15 years old), Vienna, Austria, January 27th – 29th, 2020.


Polgar Gymnasium 22 excursion to our laboratory facilitiesHigh school students attended a lecture held by Miriam and were able to see our current work on high performance materials in our lab, Vienna, Austria, October 7th, 2019.

FIT Infotage 2019 – Frauen in die Technik – Information WorkshopDiscussion partner of female high school students (ca. 15 years old), Vienna, Austria, January 29th, 2019.


Podcast “Makro Mikro” (Podcast series of the Austrian Academy of Sciences). Discussion with the archeologist Prof. Julia Budka (LMU Munich) on the topic “Fucked-up science”

Radio interview with radio NJOY in the show “Start me up”
A radio show about Austrian start-up companies, aired on November 5th, 2018.

Wiener Vorlesung (Social lecture series of the city of Vienna) on the topic “What is curiosity?” (“Was ist Neugierde”). Panel discussion with Prof. Dr. Helga Nowotny, Prof. Dr. Michael Eichmair, Dr. Elisabeth Oberzaucher and Dr. Martin Bernhofer, Vienna, Austria, October 22nd, 2018.


Materials Innovation Day 2018. Public outreach event at TU Wien, where Miriam held a talk entitled “Polyimidherstellung und -Verarbeitung” (Polyimide synthesis and processing), Vienna, Austria, September 19th, 2018.

BE OPEN – Science & Society Festival. Science festival on the occasion of the 50th birthday of the Austrian Science Fund, FWF. Participation in the panel discussion “Pioniergeist & Grenzgänge: Dem Neuen auf der Spur”), Vienna, Austria, September 8th, 2018.

BE OPEN – Science & Society Festival
Science festival on the occasion of the 50th birthday of the Austrian Science Fund, FWF. Participation in the Science Slam “Science- Slam & FuckUp Night: Fail, learn, retry!”, Vienna, Austria, September 8th, 2018. [Winner (1st) place at the science slam based on public vote]

Wiener Forschungsfest 2018 (“Viennese Science Festival 2018”)
Booth on the topic “The wonderful world of colors” (“Wundervolle Welt der Farbe”) –  [Exhibition proposal was granted and our booth was fully funded by the Vienna Business Agency (Wirtschaftsagentur Wien)], Vienna, Austria, September 14th-16th, 2018.

Forschung bewegt 2018Topic: Materials and Matter (annual public outreach event at TU Wien). We hosted several tours of our laboratories, Vienna, Austria, June 4th, 2018.

TEDx talk at TEDxTUWien
“Plastics revolution: Under pressure – how to create materials inspired by nature”. May 5th, 2018.

Long night of research 2018 (Lange Nacht der Forschung 2018)
Booth on the topic “What is color?” (“Was ist Farbe?”), Vienna, Austria, April 13th, 2018.

FIT Infotage 2018 – Frauen in die Technik – Information Workshop
Discussion partner of female high school students (ca. 15 years old), Vienna, Austria, January 30th, 2018.

Ambassador of the Vienna Ball of Sciences 2018, Vienna, Austria, January 27th, 2018.


Suche nach der Wahrheit by Fabian Dembski
Light and sound installation on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the library of TU Wien. An SEM image taken by Miriam Unterlass and the text ”Kristallmorphologie – Sphärolith” were part of the installation, Vienna, Austria, November 13th – December 12th, 2017.

“Alles ist (auch) Chemie” (“Everything is chemistry (too)”) at the 22nd TU Forum of TU Wien
Participant in the Panel discussion, Vienna, Austria, May 4th, 2017.

FIT Infotage 2017 – Frauen in die Technik – Information Workshop. Discussion partner of female high school students (ca. 15 years old), Vienna, Austria, January 31st, 2017.


Radio Interview – NJOY Radio. Interview in the show Wissenschaftsradio. December 13th, 2016.

Was ist Wissenstransfer?” (“What is knowledge transfer?”)
Participation in the Video organized by the Wissens- und Technologietransferzentrum Ost (WTZ Ost). September 15th, 2016.


Long night of research 2016 (“Lange Nacht der Forschung 2016”)
Booth on the topic “Chemie unter extremen Bedingungen” (“Chemistry under extreme conditions”), Vienna, Austria, April 22nd, 2016.

Participation in the YO!TECH Science and technology fair. A fair aiming at attracting high school students to a career in science and technology by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), Vienna, Austria, January 27th, 2016.


Radio Interview – Ö1 Radio
Interview in the show “Salzburger Nachtstudio”. January 28th, 2015.

Press Coverage


Newspaper article in Kurier, section Wissen, September 7th, 2021.

Newspaper interview in Der Standard, section Lifestyle, Kolumne: “Das beste Stück”, July 8th, 2021.

Newspaper article in Wiener Zeitung, section Wissen: Forschung, May 5th, 2021.

Magazine interview in LEICHT!, section “Porträts zum Schwerpunkt Innovation” (“portraits with a focus on innovation”) on pages 14-15. May, 2021.


Newspaper article in Futurezone – Technology News: “Grüne Verpackung aus Stärke statt Plastik”. May 4th, 2020.

Newspaper articles on our publication “Hydrothermal Generation of Conjugated Polymers on the Example of Pyrrone Polymers and Polybenzimidazoles” published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, April 2020. For a list of articles see here: and here


Video on our START project “The hydrothermal route to functional organic frameworks” published by the Austrian Science Fund, “The plastics revolution”. July 3rd, 2019.

Newspaper article in Die Presse, “Wasser, Druck und Wärme statt giftiger Chemie”. May 23rd, 2019.

Advertisement for women in STEM in the Austrian lifestyle magazine Miss, entitled “Es heisst die Technik”. April 11th, 2019.

Article in the FWF (Austrian Science Fund) SciLog, “Hochleistungsmaterialien aus dem Druckkochtopf”. April 9th, 2019.

Article in the Junge Akademie Blog at Der Standard, “Chemie in heißem Wasser”. February 6th, 2019.

Newspaper article in Wiener Bezirkszeitung, “Kohlen- und Stickstoff statt Gold und Platin”. January 23rd, 2019.


Magazine interview in Chemiereport, “Die Welt ein wenig nachhaltiger machen” on pages 22-23. November 14th, 2018.

Press release by CeMM – Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences on the occasion of hiring 5 Adjunct PIs, “Welcome to new CeMM and LBI-RUD Adjunct PIs”. November 6th, 2018.

Press release by the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on the 2018 IVLP program “Hidden no More”, “Hidden No More: Here’s how the State Department is Empowering International Women Leaders in STEM”. October 29th, 2018.

Newspaper interview in Kurier, “Fühle mich geschätzt”. August 25th, 2018.

Magazine Article in The Chemical Engineer, “‘Green’ high-tech dye synthesis”. August 21st, 2018.

Interview within the Austrian Academy of Sciences Summer Series, “Materialforschung ohne Gift”. July 9th, 2018.

Press release by the Rudolf Sallinger Fonds on the occasion of the S&B award 2018, “Das sind die Gewinner des S&B-Awards und der Future Founders Challenge 2018”. April 24th, 2018.

Press release of the Austrian Academy of Sciences regarding the newly elected members for 2018, “ÖAW wählte 29 neue Mitglieder”. April 24th, 2018.

Magazine article in Maschinenmarkt on the presentation of our hydrothermally synthesized polyimide particles at Hannover Messe 2018: “Blumige Premierepartikel”. March 23rd, 2018.

Interview in TU Wien’s staff magazine TU:freihaus. February 8th, 2018.


Article in TU Austria Forum: “Phönix-Preis für Miriam Unterlass”. November 30th, 2017.

Newspaper article in Der Falter – Heureka: “Grünes Material”. November 15th, 2017.

Newspaper article in Der Standard: “Komplexe Strukturen aus Spaghetti”. October 22nd, 2017.

Newspaper article in Die Presse: “Sie kocht doch nur mit Wasser”. September 16th, 2017.

Newspaper comment in Der Standard: “Ungiftige Farben aus dem Druckkochtopf”. February 4th, 2017.


Magazine article in “Forschen & Entdecken”. September 7th, 2015.

Magazine feature in the column ”Grosse Fragen” (“big questions” asked by children) NEWS. May 16th, 2015.

Magazine interview in 2030 – Das Zukunftsmagazin. March 27th, 2015.


Newspaper article in Der Standard: “Der Kunststofftrick mit dem Druckkochtopf”. May 7th, 2014.

Magazine article in profil wissen: “Labortechnik von eBay”. December 3rd, 2014.