Research

Get an in-depth look at the cutting-edge studies and innovations driving progress in our field.

Shaping Tomorrow: The Impact of Today’s Research

We are motivated to deliver scientific research that contributes to the protection of our climate and environment. We work jointly in excellent cross-disciplinary teams beyond the border of each discipline on research ideas and collaborations.

At the University of Vienna, one of the biggest and most renowned in Europe, we want to advance environmental research for society. We use the strength of networking excellent expertise of individual disciplines in our research hub.

We focus on training, education and excellent qualification of our members. We constantly develop our knowledge and competencies further to develop innovative concepts and approaches for solutions in the areas of environment and climate.

We want to shape society – as an education institution, a hub and a partner for dialogue. For this reason, we educate students and early career scientists and enter active dialogues with civil society and decision-makers in government and society.

Our Focus Areas

Latest news and projects from our focus areas:

Clean Environment

Climate Resilience

Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Changing Society

Projects

  • 20.03.2024

    The Many Labs Megastudy to Promote Climate Action Across the Globe

    Kim Doell from the Faculty of Psychology was co-leading one of the[...]

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  • 14.02.2024

    MICROCLIM: A Micro-Scale Perspective on Alpine Floras Under Climate Change

    Stefan Dullinger from the Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research is leading[...]

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  • 08.01.2024

    IrrevoChrom: Irreversible Organic Electrochromic Links for Tamperproof

    Laura Maggini from the Department of Chemistry is leading the „IrrevoChrom“ project.

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  • 01.01.2024

    AMooRe: Austrian Moor Restoration

    Stephan Glatzel at the Department of Geography and Regional Research is part[...]

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  • 01.01.2024

    playNICE: Interplay Between Biological Nitrification Inhibitors, Nitrogen Cycling, and Agronomic Nitrogen Use Efficiency

    Petra Pjevac at the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science (CMESS)[...]

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  • 01.01.2024

    KlipPer: Climate Change and Photovoltaic Energy

    Aiko Voigt at the Department for Meteorology and Geophysics is leading the[...]

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  • 01.01.2024

    Occurrence and Remediation of PFAS

    Thilo Hofmann at the Department of Geosciences is leading the „Ocurrence and[...]

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  • 01.10.2023

    FOCAL-Points: Leverage Points for Demand-Side Mitigation

    Alina Brad from the Department of Political Sciences and Etienne Schenider from[...]

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  • 01.10.2023

    Biodegradable Plastics in Compost

    Thilo Hofmann at the Department of Geosciences is leading the Biodegradable Plastics[...]

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  • 06.06.2023

    Highreslearn: Extracting Information From High-Resolution Climate Data

    Lukas Brunner at the Department of Meteorology and Geophysics is leading the[...]

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  • 01.06.2023

    RESONATE: Resilience Through Nature-Based Therapies

    Mat White at the Cognitive Science Hub is leading „RESONATE“  Horizon Europe[...]

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  • 15.05.2023

    The Politics of Negative Emissions Technologies in the EU

    Alina Brad at the Department of Political Sciences is leading this project[...]

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  • 01.04.2023

    GetCOheSive: Governance Enhancement for Cohesive Societies

    Yuri Kazepov at the Department of Sociology is part of the „GetCoheSive“[...]

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  • 09.01.2023

    MECS: Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage

    Leticia Gonzalez at the Institute of Theoretical Chemistry is part of the[...]

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  • 07.01.2023

    Permanent Latin American Working Group „Alternatives to Development“

    Ulrich Brand at the Department of Political Sciences is part of the[...]

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  • 01.01.2023

    Understanding Terrestrial Microbiomes With AI

    Shaul Pollak Pasternak at the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science[...]

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  • 01.01.2023

    Beyond Development. Toward Systemic Emancipatory Transformations

    Ulrich Brand at the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of[...]

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  • 01.01.2023

    INNORES: Innores: Innovation Residues – Modes and Infrastructures of Caring for Our Longue-Durée Environmental Futures

    Ulrike Felt at the Department of Science and Technology Studies is leading[...]

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  • 01.12.2022

    MARCO-BOLO: MARine Coastal BiOdiversity Long-term Observations

    Alice Vadrot at the Department of Political Science is leading the „MARCO-BOLO“[...]

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  • 27.09.2022

    SOS-ZEROPOL2030: Source to Seas – Zero Pollution 2030

    Sabine Pahl at the Department of Department of Cognition, Emotion, and Methods[...]

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  • 01.07.2022

    CHROMA: Mobilization of Chromium by Organic Matter in Reduced Systems

    Stephan Krämer at the Department of Geosciences is leading „Chroma“, a Marie[...]

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  • 06.01.2022

    MUNEX: Municipal Neighborhood Experiments

    Yuri Kazepov at the Department of Sociology is leading the case study[...]

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  • 06.01.2022

    Air and Environmental Health in the (Post-)COVID-19 World

    Tatiana Konrad at the Department of English and American Studies is leading[...]

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  • 06.01.2022

    DEPOCA: Shedding Light on Dark Ocean’s Detrital Particles: Origin, Composition and Age

    Gerhard Herndl at the Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecologyis leading the[...]

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  • 01.11.2021

    AgriWeedClim – Emerging Agricultural Weeds Under Climate and Land-Use Changes in Central Europe

    Franz Essl at the Department of Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research[...]

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  • 01.11.2021

    Talking Charts

    Laura Koesten from the Faculty of Computer Sciences at the University of[...]

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  • 01.10.2021

    ZeroPM: Zero Pollution of Persistent, Mobile Substances

    Sabine Pahl from the Department of Cognition, Emotion and Methods in Psychology[...]

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  • 01.03.2021

    SWAIN: Sustainable Watershed Management Through IoT-Driven Artificial Intelligence

    Atakan Aral at the Department of Computer Science is leading the „SWAIN“[...]

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  • 01.02.2021

    PRINCESS: Peatland Rewetting In Nitrogen-Contaminated Environments: Synergies and Trade-Offs Between Biodiversity, Climate, Water Quality and Society

    Stephan Glatzel at the Department of Geography and Regional Research is leading[...]

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  • 01.02.2021

    Heat below the City

    Christian Griebler at the Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology is leading[...]

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  • 01.09.2020

    Landscape, Life, Form: Anthropocene Poetics in Contemporary German Fiction

    Eva Horn at the Department of German Studies leads the „Landscape, Life[...]

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  • 06.01.2020

    PECCK: Pre-Enacting Climate Change Knowledge

    Alexa Färber at the Department of European Ethnology is leading the „PECCK“[...]

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  • 06.01.2020

    ECOTIP: Ecological Tipping Cascades in the Arctic Seas

    Gerhard Herndl at the Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology is leading[...]

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  • 01.01.2020

    AmazonFACE – Impacts of Elevated CO2 on the Amazon Rainforest

    Lucia Fuchslueger at the Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem at the University[...]

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  • 01.01.2020

    Utilizing Environmental Social Neuroscience to Investigate the Reciprocal Relationship Between Humans and the Environment

    Claus Lamm from the Department of Cognition, Emotion, and Methods in Psychology[...]

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  • 01.01.2020

    Artificial Intelligence and Climate Change

    Mark Coeckelbergh from the Department of Philosophy is leading the project. Description:[...]

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  • 01.03.2019

    P-Trap: Biogeochemical Mechanisms Influencing the Bioavailability of P and FE From Vivianite

    Stephan Krämer at the Department of Geosciences is part of „P-Trap“, a[...]

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  • 01.11.2018

    MARIPOLDATA: The Politics of Marine Biodiversity Data

    Alice Vadrot at the Department of Political Science is leading the „MARIPOLDATA“[...]

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  • 06.01.2018

    CataLight: Light-Driven Molecular Catalysts in Hierarchically Structured Materials – Synthesis and Mechanistic Studies

    Leticia Gonzáles at the Institute of Theoretical Chemistry leads the “ CataLight“[...]

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  • 01.01.2015

    GloNAF: Global Naturalized Alien Flora

    Franz Essl from Department of Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research is[...]

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  • About the Projects:

    Research projects are hosted at the specific Faculty of ECH members. The selection here reflects the diverse range of research excellence at the University of Vienna in the field of environment, climate change and sustainability. We list projects led by ECH members as a PI, or those in which they are part of a larger consortium such as in Horizon Europe projects.

    Seed Funding Projects

  • 29.01.2024

    Towards Determining the Link Between Land Use Management, Microbial Composition, and Carbon Quality in European Peatlands

    Peatlands play a critical role in the global carbon cycle, storing between[...]

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  • 29.01.2024

    Assessing Biodegradation of Dopamine-Based Electrochromic Formulations for Ultra-Low Power Flexible Displays by Environmental Microbial Communities

    The disposal of electronics comes with many sustainability issues and has been[...]

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  • 29.01.2024

    Plant Root Exudates as Prophage Inducers

    The misuse and overuse of antibiotics in human healthcare as well as[...]

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  • 29.01.2024

    The Climate Change Visualization (Climaviz) Project

    In their Climate Change Visualization Project, Kimberly Doell and her colleagues from[...]

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  • About the ECH Seed Funding:

    The ECH offers an exciting opportunity for researchers who are members of the Hub. Our Seed Funding Grants aim to support the establishment of interdisciplinary and innovative collaborations within the Hub, and beyond. In 2024, we supported four new Seed Funding proposals with €10,000 each. Look out for the announcement of a new Seed Funding call soon.