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)




VISESS is currently announcing 9 PhD positions in the three branches 'Cosmos', 'Earth' and 'Anthroposphere'. Apply until 15 April 2022!


Early career researchers of the University of Vienna are invited to submit either a photo or an infographic illustrating their research!


Big Picture Talk: "The Story of Water: Origins in Space, Travels on Earth and Impacts on People", 1 March 2022

We cordially invite you to join the Big Picture Talk: “The Story of Water" on Tuesday, 1 March 2022, 18:30 – 21:30!


Geographer Raffaella Pagogna achieves second place at the photo competition "My research in one picture" with a photo taken 2019 in Ethiopia during...


Register now for the interdisciplinary 'Big Picture Panel Discussion: Science Communication - Challenges and Opportunities' on 16 + 17 June 2021.


The first call for applications of the Vienna International School of Earth and Space Sciences attracted strong international interest. In each of the...