Research Mission

The scientists of the Faculty are grouped around four key research areas: Cosmos, Earth, Environment, and Anthroposphere. These key research areas overlap extensively and feed the Faculty mission, namely, understanding the cosmos and society to ensure the sustainability of our planet. Per se, these research areas do not belong only to our Faculty alone but are jointly addressed with the Faculties of Life Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Social Sciences.

Cosmos

Star-forming region

The aim of this key research area is to understand the origin and evolution of stars, galaxies, and planets like Earth. [more]

Earth

Oetztal Alps in satellite image

The aim of this key research area is to gain a deeper understanding of how planet Earth works. [more]

Environment

Mountain landscape with houses

The aim of this key research area is to achieve a better understanding of environmental processes on the surface of the planet. [more]

Anthroposphere

People in front of a building

The aim of this key research area is to understand how human activity is arranged in space and time, shapes our planet’s environment, and is at the same time affected by it. [more]