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)



How to communicate effectively about climate change? Register now and join us for the discussion at the Big Picture Event on 18 April 2023


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


Register now and join us for the Big Picture Talk on the topic of Space Junk. What are the dangers posed by space debris? Is it an issue that should...


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


New year, new photos, new photo competition: All bachelor, master and doctoral students at our faculty are again invited to submit the best photos...


Join the Big Picture Seminar session on "Career Perspectives" on Tuesday, 06.12.2022, 14:00-17:00, Hörsaal 1 2A120 1.OG UZA II Geo-Zentrum