Austrian Council for Agricultural Engineering and Rural Development

The ÖKL acts as

  • platform for discussion, coordination and information
  • link between research, administration and practice
  • catalyst for the implementation of new ideas and projects

Our main goals are

  • to encourage and further develop innovative practices and their implementation in the agricultural sector and rural areas
  • to ensure and improve the cost-efficiency and functionality of farm-houses and barns
  • to coordinate between the needs of modern agricultural technology and the sustainable development of rural areas
  • to preserve cultural landscapes taking into account a sustainable regional planning and ecology in general
  • to increase competitiveness and the quality of life in rural family business
  • to support authorities in their decisions making power (ministries, farmers, consultants, experts etc.)

Structure and Members
The ÖKL was founded in 1947 as a non-profit-organization with its headquarter in Vienna.

Members are

  • Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
  • as well as representatves from other Federal Ministries
  • governments of the Federal States of Austria
  • university institutes and Federal Institutions
  • Chamber of Commerce and representations of interest
  • Social Security Administraion for farmers and occupational safety services
  • schools specialized in agriculture
  • companies dealing with the manufacturing and distribution of tractors and agricultural machinery
  • farms
  • municipal governments
  • private individuals

Organization Chart
Chairman: Stefan Dworzak
Vice Chairmen: Franz Paller and Clemens Malina-Altzinger

Scientific personnel:
Gebhard Aschenbrenner
Johanna Bäckenberger
Christiane Gupta
Dieter Kreuzhuber
Eva-Maria Munduch-Bader
Silke Scholl
Barbara Steurer
Maria Zacharias
Kornelia Zipper

Administration:
Rosmarie Nachtmann and Martina Raymitz

You can reach us by public transport:
underground: U1 or U4 stop „Karlsplatz“ – pass through Resselpark – Argentinierstraße and then turn left into Gußhausstraße or take the tramway line D and get off at stop „Gußhausstraße“.

Publications and Services, Studies

  • ÖKL-guidelines for machine costs (published annually): ÖKL-Richtwerte
  • info sheets (construction and energy, „Merkblätter„)
  • structural engineering plans for rural buildings made of wood
  • publications and information on agricultural engineering (Landtechnische Schriftenreihe)
  • magazine Land & Raum for the dissemination of innovative ideas in rural areas
  • articles on village rejuvenation and cultural landscape conservation
  • annual ÖKL-Colloquium dealing with current topics of agricultural engineering and rural development
  • scientific dialogues
  • studies on rural life