The Research Institute promotes collaboration with university and non-university research institutions in the form of joint research projects, seminars, internships or as part of academic theses. 
The Technisches Museum Wien offers a varied practice area that is suited for researchers as a unique field of experimentation, for example in the domains of museology, science and technology studies (STS), Nazi-era or colonial provenance research, conservation and restoration, digital humanities, gender studies, sustainability research and many more.

Science Corner: Networking of Man and Machine (2021)
The Science Corner of the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Museum of Science and Technology) offers a stage for current research projects of the TU Wien. In a biannually changing presentation, visitors can discover various facets of Austria’s dynamic research landscape and learn about forward-looking technologies that are currently being explored.
Connecting Minds: Caring Robots // Robotic Care (2022–2026)
Research project of TU Wien, FWF [Austrian Science Fund] research funding programme, Connecting Minds
Prof. Sabine Köszegi (Labour Science), Prof. Markus Vincze (Robotics), Prof. Margrit Gelautz (Interactive Systems), Dr. Astrid Weiss (Social Robotics), Dr. Christopher Frauenberger (Participatory Design)
The project of the interdisciplinary research team of the TU Wien is aimed at exploring the role of care robots, especially in mobile care. The special thing about this project are the real-life test series. The Technisches Museum Wien is a partner to this project. Various players are brought together in a participatory process to address the highly topical question of how technology can change nursing care. 

Innovation Corner
With the new exhibition format INNOVATION CORNER, Austrian start-ups and innovative companies will have a presentation area for pioneering technologies in and from Austria from fall 2022. Visitors will learn which innovations are currently being worked on, which new ideas are currently being developed and will receive exclusive previews of the first prototypes. Through the insights into the diverse innovation sectors, visitors can experience how dynamic, varied and close to life the STEM field is also as an economic and employment sector and also learn more about support options for turning a forward-looking invention into a market-ready innovation.
The first play of the new format will take place in close cooperation with BizUp, the business agency of the province of Upper Austria. Starting in the fall of 2022, TMW will offer the Upper Austrian Business Agency a platform for presenting innovative business ideas in and from Upper Austria for one year. The one-year lineup will focus on a new topic from the strategic BizUp program #upperVISION2030 and/or from the Upper Austrian Innovation Award every four months.

Standortagentur von Oberösterreich (
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Hazardous substances in the museum’s depot: The long-term storage of primary cells and rechargeable batteries (2022/23)
Research project in collaboration with TÜV AUSTRIA SERVICES GMBH
For the first time, the Technisches Museum Wien will carry out a conservation inventory and risk assessment of primary cells and rechargeable batteries that are considered to be largely unexplored hazardous substances in many museum depots of technical collections. As individual objects or functional elements of objects, they are important information carriers and sometimes even formative. In the course of the project, packages of measures for long-term storage in the depot will be developed.

Past Research
Visual ethnographies of science: Investigating knowledge production through media practice (2021/22)
Seminar of the University of Vienna, Science and Technology Studies
Prof. Sarah R Davies / Technosciences, Materiality & Digital Cultures and Sanderien Verstappen / Vienna Visual Anthropology Lab
As part of the seminar, the students produce two documentaries about museum work at the Technisches Museum Wien, placing a focus on daily work routines that usually remain hidden from the eyes of the public. The seminar is aimed at testing and adapting methods of media production from anthropological and ethnographic research practice. The results will be presented at the museum on 24 March 2022 (public screening).