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)



We're thrilled to announce that Sebastián Lehuedé will be joining us for a talk on the fascinating concepts of coloniality and autonomy. Sebastián...


Join us for a talk by Mary Anne Holmes, awarded with the new "Champion(s) for Equality, Diversity, Inclusion-Awards" of the European Geosciences Union...


New year, new photos - new photo competition: The "Snapshots of Exploration" photo competition for students at the Faculty of Earth Sciences,...


Science is fascinating, impactful, multifaceted - and female, too! To mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on Feb 11, we have...


On the 12th of December 2023, the first "Bake your PhD" event organized by the VISESS PhD Board took place. The task was simple: be creative in the...


VISESS is currently announcing PhD positions in the fields of Cosmos, Earth and Anthroposphere. Apply until the deadline of 15 November 2023!