About us

The Environment and Climate Research Hub (ECH) is the a cross-cutting institution within the University of Vienna. It connects researchers from all disciplines that engage with the topics, environment, climate and sustainability.


counts as an important address for environment and climate research and therefore a central reference point and cooperating partner for research institutions, governmental actors, media and society.  We strive to position ourselves as a leader in Europe for environment and climate research.


shapes societal narratives in the area of environment and climate using expertise from researchers. Our research is the starting point that determines how we debate novel frontiers in environment and climate, and position our findings in a broader scientific context.


fosters the development of new research ideas and projects that aim to overcome existing knowledge barriers in their respective disciplines (blue sky thinking). They enable us to link new, innovative perspectives and show positive solutions to implement research findings in our society.


is a knowledge hub with a societal impact. Our findings shape the education of future scientific leaders, discussions with political and societal decision-makers as well as institutions and civil groups that aim to protect the environment and climate.


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thilo Hofmann

Thilo Hofmann is Professor of Environmental Geosciences, Vice Director at the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science and Vice Head of the Department of Environmental Geosciences at the University of Vienna.

His main research areas are:

  • Nanogeoscience
  • Pollutants
  • Hydrogeology


E-Mail: thilo.hofmann@univie.ac.at
Website: https://edge.univie.ac.at/people/thilo-hofmann
u:find: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/de/person.html?id=89083

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Psych. Sabine Pahl, MSc PhD

Sabine Pahl is Professor of Environmental Psychology at the University of Vienna.

Her main research areas are:

  • Human dimension of environmental issues
  • Risk perception and communication
  • Social influence; Behaviour change
  • Plastic and chemical pollution; microplastics


E-Mail: sabine.pahl@univie.ac.at
Websites: https://env-psy.univie.ac.at/ | https://env-psy.univie.ac.at/about-us/sabine-pahl/
u:find: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/de/person.html?id=112629


Timo Bühler, MA

Timo Bühler is one of the coordinators of the Environment and Climate Research Hub focusing on:

  • Organisation of events
  • Outreach activities (website and newsletter)
  • Budget controlling
  • IT and office management


E-Mail: timo.buehler@univie.ac.at
Phone: +43-1-4277-69411
u:find: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/de/person.html?id=101299

Sören Lindner, PhD

Sören Lindner is one of the coordinators of the Environment and Climate Research Hub focusing on:

  • Planning and support for guest professors
  • Reputation management
  • Research project development


E-Mail: soeren.lindner@univie.ac.at
Phone: +43-1-4277-69410
u:find: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/de/person.html?id=1005989

Student staff

Lena Schmidlechner, BSc

  • Event support


E-Mail: lena.schmidlechner@univie.ac.at

Joscha Strauss, BA

  • Outreach support


E-Mail: joscha.strauss@univie.ac.at

Management board

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Manuela Baccarini


Vice Rector for Research and International Affairs

Universitätsring 1
1010 Wien
Room: O1.174

T: +43-1-4277-10030

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrike Felt


Head of the Department of Science and Technology Studies

Universitätsstraße 7 (NIG)
1010 Wien
Room: C0614

T: +43-1-4277-49611
M: +43-664-8175013

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Herndl


Head of the Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology

Djerassiplatz 1
1030 Wien
Room: 3.136

T: +43-1-4277-76431

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Andreas Stohl


Head of the Department of Meteorology and Geophysics

Josef-Holaubek-Platz 2 (UZA II)
1090 Wien
Room: 2G553

T: +43-1-4277-53730

Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Alice Vadrot


Associate Professor for International Relations and the Environment

Universitätsstraße 7 (NIG)
1010 Wien

T: +43-1-4277-49455