Interested in PhD research on the Cosmos, Earth or Anthroposphere?

The Big Picture - Our Mission


Humanity faces grand challenges such as resource depletion, climate change, and insecurity about future energy supply. The mission of our Vienna International School of Earth and Space Sciences (VISESS) at the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy is to address these challenges through inter- and trans-disciplinary academic research connecting the cosmos with planets & atmospheres including its environments and with the anthroposphere. We aim our students to become world-leading experts in either of these three branches while also confidently communicate and contribute across all three branches. We want our school to become a central place in the heart of Europe for training and as a resource of knowledge about our place in space and time.

Earthrise. Taken by astronaut William Anders, Apollo 8. (NASA)



Apply until 7 September and develop digital solutions for societal challenges from 19 till 21 September 2022!


Apply until 11 July 2022 for a PhD position at the Department of Meteorology and Geophysics


Register now for the online panel discussion, which aims to examine the societal effects of environmental change and how to deal with them from...


The Vienna Doctoral Schools are central hubs where young researchers investigate answers to the burning questions of our time. Cutting-edge science,...


Warum sind Gletschervorfelder "Ökosystem-Labore"? Und was verrät uns Infrarotstrahlung über das Weltall? Das zeigen VISESS PhDs bei der Langen Nacht...


During a VISESS Big Picture Talk, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, discoverer of pulsars, took her listeners on a trip through a life of challenges, obstacles,...