About us

alchemia-nova was founded in Vienna in the year 2000 by Hanswerner Mackwitz, an eco-pioneer of the first days. After his death in 2010, we restructured alchemia-nova and led it from a 2-3 person institute to a 30 person research and innovation institute with an international profile. In 2006, we were accredited as Cradle to Cradle® partner. Ever since, we are fully dedicated to circular economy principles, being a frontrunner in Central Europe and, from 2018 onwards, also in Southern Europe.

Timeline_alchemia-nova-01Our strength is creating out-of-the-box solutions by combining different disciplines. We try to connect the dots and use a systemic thinking approach for possible disruptive and game-changing innovations that are fit for future. We are well known as the “plant-guys” and for our pioneering unconventionality. We bring science to the market. Our leitmotif includes research, development and education as well as productisation, selling & consulting of circular economy and nature-based solutions.



Vision

A world in which we think in resource cycles

A world in which “contaminants” become nutrients

A world in which we focus on regeneration

Mission

Exploring new areas by creating circular systems

Defining business models of the future, which are marketable by the broad public

Co-creating systemic approaches by enabling new multi-beneficial networks

Developing a symbiosis of communities, companies and the people by connecting resource flows


Projects

alchemia-nova built up the strong focus to create, initiate, develop and coordinate cutting-edge research & innovation projects. Through this developed strength the team grew to already around 30 members while offering real solutions to existing problems. We supported conceptualisation and project development of many projects worth more than 50 Million Euros. These projects usually deal with anything around circular economy and/or nature-based solutions. From the last series of Horizon 2020 calls, all proposals initiated and to a big degree written by alchemia-nova passed the evaluation. HYDROUSA even scored best from all submitted projects in this area of circular economy.

PROJECTS

European

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PROJECTS

National

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PROJECTS

industry

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Team

Alice Tognacchini
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MSc; Dr.(cand.); Environmental chemistry, ecosystems, phytotechnologies. Biography
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Johannes Kisser
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Majority shareholder alchemia-nova GmbH; Sole managing director alchemia-nova research & innovation gemeinnützige GmbH; Circular economy, Nature-inspired solutions, Project planning. Biography
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Evgenia Tsianou
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Project manager, Team coordinator; Environmental engineer & scientist, Science communicator. Biography
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Julia Edlinger
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(Maternity leave) MSc; social metabolism, ecology, organic agriculture. Biography
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Clemens Dus
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Design, Innovation & Communication. Biography
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Theresa Heitzlhofer
Theresa

MSc; Product sales; Nature-Based Solutions; Human ecology; Permaculture. Biography
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Roman Grünner
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Engineer; Project management; Sustainable buildings and renovation; Renewable resources; Energy efficiency. Biography
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Leo Sulzmann
Leo

Laboratory management; Chemist; Analysis, Materials Technology. Biography
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Partners

Scientific partners
Industry partners

Press

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