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)




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,...


"Picture a Scientist": Gender and Diversity @ FGGA - Register now for the Online Screening of the documentary and the Panel Discussion on 24 May 2022!


Join the talk and interactive sessions on topics such as women and minorities in academia, navigating academia and career development!