Research Mission

The research areas covered by the Faculty's academics are grouped in four thematic areas: cosmos, Earth, environment and anthroposphere. These thematic areas overlap extensively and underpin the Faculty's mission, namely understanding the cosmos, Earth, and society to ensure the sustainability of our planet. These areas go beyond the Faculty and are jointly addressed together with other faculties to define a wide range of overlapping themes following the Faculty's mission.

Regardless of these four thematic areas the scientists of the Faculty address the following seven key research areas:

  • Planets, stars and galaxies as components of the universe
  • Reconstruction of geodynamic processes
  • Geomaterials
  • Atmosphere, weather and climate
  • Evolutionary mechanisms and ecosystems in space and time
  • Environmental processes and natural risks
  • Socio-economy and population


More in "Universität Wien 2031 - Entwicklungsplan" (German only, starting with page 146; English version will follow soon)