In the early 1990s the ruling coalition government (Social Democratic Party of Austria [SPÃ–] and Austrian Peopleâ€™s Party [Ã–VP]) under Chancellor Franz Vranitzky and Minister of Science and Research Erhard Busek reached a resolution in their governmental negotiations to establish two large, internationally oriented research centers: the so-called AUSTRON (a spallation source/particle accelerator for basic research in physics) and, on a significantly more limited scale, a center for interdisciplinary humanities. The AUSTRON project initially remained unrealized (though a smaller variation of the project recently came into being in Wiener Neustadt under the name MedAustron). The center for interdisciplinary humanities, however, was quickly christened as the â€œIFK International Research Center for Cultural Studiesâ€ under the leadership of Professor Moritz CsÃ¡ky. Founded as a non-profit association in 1992, it went into full operation in 1993 at its location at Danhausergasse 1 in Viennaâ€™s fourth district. Over the following three years the IFKâ€™s founding directorateâ€”consisting of Professor Moritz CsÃ¡ky, Professor Helga Nowotny, Professor Dieter A. Binder, and Professor Manfred Wagnerâ€”together with Dr. Lutz Musner, the academic coordinator, crafted the organizational structure of an international institute for advanced study in the field interdisciplinary cultural studies. This included an International Advisory Board (IAB), and an infrastructure for visiting scholars, conferences, workshops, and lectures. The first research foci were dedicated to the themes â€œCultural Plurality in Central Europe,â€ â€œScience,â€ and â€œArt and Cultural History.â€ The initial cohorts of first-rate scholars invited to contribute to these areas included, e.g., Edward Timms (Karl Kraus), Jean-Pierre Cometti (Ludwig Wittgenstein), and Jacques Le Rider (Viennese fin de siÃ¨cle).