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Community and Culture

AVL is aware of its responsibility towards society and fulfills this responsibility in a variety of ways: For example, we maintain intensive and long-standing collaborations with numerous universities and research institutes worldwide. The Hans-List Prize was established in 2007 to honor talented engineers whose outstanding, innovative work and developments have already been used successfully on the market. Also in 2007, the AVL Cultural Foundation was founded as a bridge between science and art with the aim of implementing and promoting art and cultural projects.

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AVL Cultural Foundation

Since its foundation in autumn 2007, the AVL Cultural Foundation has dedicated itself to promoting activities and projects at the interface between art, science and technology. Its aim is to connect technology and industry with art and society in order to promote mutual dialogue and exchange and to stimulate and support innovation. The AVL Cultural Foundation was born out of AVL CEO Professor Helmut List’s vision to bring art into AVL’s corporate culture. These undertakings include projects that involve the AVL community in art projects and creative adventures, such as the “Connecting Passion” photography project for and with AVL employees that captures the passions of AVL employees worldwide. Within the Art&Science program of AVL Cultural Foundation, artists have unique opportunities to experiment and encounter AVL specific technologies. Exemplary of which is the development of an innovative instrument called the “Irvine”, an analog synthesizer, that uses gallium phosphate crystals to generate new sounds. Furthermore, the AVL Cultural Foundation supports a variety of cultural festivals and holds contact to many artists in innovative fields. Intended as a way to give back to society, it grew out of projects that AVL had already undertaken, which combined art and science. With the foundation, Helmut and Kathryn List want to further explore the relationship between these two fields – through commissioned projects, collaborations and cultural funding.

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Institutional Cooperation

We collaborate with national associations enable the cooperation with Austrian universities, non-university research institutions and local industry partners. In Austria, AVL collaborates among others with the WKO (Austrian Economic Chambers), the IV (The Federation of Austrian Industries), the Styrian automobile cluster ACStyria and the association A3PS (Austrian Agency for Alternative Propulsion Systems). On European level, we cooperate with many communities dealing with propulsion system research and the corresponding environment. The most important associations in this context are EARPA (European Automotive Research Partners Association), EUCAR (Association of Vehicle Manufacturers), CONCAWE (oil industry) and CLEPA (suppliers).

Cooperation with Academic Institutions

To continuously expand its global leadership in its three business areas – Powertrain Development, Instrumentation and Test Systems, as well as Simulation Technology – AVL is investing heavily in its own research projects. We collaborate with numerous industrial partners and more than 50 universities worldwide.
In addition to internships, scholarships and AVL classes, our University Partnership Program (UPP) gives our partners unique access to our latest simulation technology. This allows students to learn at the highest possible level, and gives young researchers the opportunity to work on state-of-the-art engine, powertrain and vehicle-related simulation to ideally prepare them for their future endeavors.

Hans List Fonds

In memory of AVL’s founder, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans List, the AVL List GmbH has founded the Hans List Fonds on the occasion of his 100th birthday. The fund is meant to encourage students and graduates of scientific universities in Styria, particularly the University of Technology in Graz, the University of Leoben and the FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences.
Each year, the Hans List Fond’s Board of Trustees picks six outstanding students and their innovative research or achievements. The scholarship usually centers on master theses and dissertations focused on the development and optimization of the combustion engine and powertrain technology. Four scholarships amounting to 5,000 € for dissertations and two scholarships amounting to 3,000 € for master theses will be awarded. The total value of the scholarships is 26,000 €.

Criteria / Submissions

Eligible students of the University of Technology Graz, the University of Leoben and the FH Joanneum-University of Applied Sciences, who have adequate academic progress and who are currently writing a thesis or dissertation can apply. Applicants may only submit Master thesis and dissertations which are already finished and were completed in 14 months or less. Hans-List-Fund will only award one applicant. Past winners are not allowed to send new applications.

Submissions can be sent with a proof of an adequate academic progress and documentation on the work.

In the brief description of the content (two A4 pages maximum) the following criteria should be considered:

  • Innovation
  • Benefits to the environment
  • Usability

Submission deadline: July 9, 2021

Please apply by uploading the submission documents with your CV under the following link

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Winners 2020
5,000 € each for their dissertation:


  • Buchberger, Simon Dipl. Ing. BSc.: „Einfluss der Kennwerte konventioneller, biogener und synthetischer Kraftstoffe auf die Roh‐ und THG‐Emissionen eines PKW‐Dieselmotors“,
  • Fischbacher, Bernhard Dipl. Ing. BSc.: „Tomographischer Optischer Ammoniakdetektor”
  • Reithuber, Peter Dipl.-Ing., MEng BSc.: „Thermomanagement von Brennstoffzellenfahrzeugen (in ZA mit AVL List GmbH)“ und
  • Theissl, Mario Dipl.Ing. BSc.: „Ein innovatives Sensorsystem revolutioniert die Ölangebotsmessung“

3,000 € eachfor their master thesis:

  • Eller, Thomas BSc.: „Wasserstoffverbrennungsmotor als Antrieb für Pkw und leichte Nfz“,
  • Stummer, Gabriel Dipl.Ing, BSc.: „Einfluss einer Unterboden-Traktionsbatterie auf die Torsions- und Biegesteifigkeit eines Elektrofahrzeugs (in ZA mit AVL List GmbH)“

Assignment / Jury
The award is assigned by the Board of Trustees of Hans List Fonds.
The Board members are:

  • Dr. Birgit Strimitzer-Riedler
  • Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Helmut Eichlseder
  • Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Dr.h.c. Harald Kainz
  • DI Karl Wojik
  • Prof. DI Dr.h.c. Helmut List

Helmut List Halle

At the heart of Graz’s cultural scene, the Helmut List Halle is a shining testament to the power of collaboration between engineers and artists. Born out of an old, disused factory, it is a technological marvel that marries the flexibility of concert acoustics with the strictness of opera halls.
Realized by architect Markus Pernthaler, it has set a new standard for contemporary performance spaces. Whether it’s theater performances, classical music, conferences or an electronic music festival, the unique, multi-function building can change its internal profile to provide the perfect sound environment. This merging of science and art makes the building a key cultural venue in Graz and a world-class venue for any kind of performance.

You can find more information and an up-to-date event schedule on the Helmut List Halle’s website.