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)



In her PhD thesis Tadeja Veršič from VISESS aims to unravel the mystery of dark matter. In this video she gives an insight into her research.


Start für neue univie-Doktoratsschulen

Insgesamt 14 neue Doktoratsschulen - darunter VISESS, die Vienna International School for Earth and Space Sciences an der FGGA - starten diesen Herbst...


Jean-Robert Tyran: Welcome to the Doctoral School!

In a video message, the Vice Rector of the University of Vienna is welcoming all doctoral students to their new doctoral school: "Starting a PhD is a...


Big Picture Talk by Didier Queloz postponed

Nobel Laureate Didier Queloz would have given the first Big Picture Talk at the opening of the new Doctorate School VISESS on 25 September 2020. Due...


Cosmos, Earth, Anthroposphere – and a Nobel Laureate Talk

VISESS, the new doctoral school "Vienna International School of Earth and Space Sciences" was launched in July at the Faculty. The official kick-off...