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COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh – Report by Lukas Brunner

This year’s 27th UN Climate Conference, the Conference of the Parties (COP27), took place from November 6th until the early morning of November 20th in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. I was able to participate in the second week at the invitation of Greiner AG, a leading global supplier of plastic and foam solutions. Expectations for … Continued


Expedition to the Greenland Sea – In Search of Ice

Our second week on our expedition aboard the RV Maria S. Merian brought us to northeastern Greenland into Dove Bay. In order to enter this area, we needed a certified marine mammal observer on board. Luckily, a colleague from the benthic ecology group had this certification. We saw groups of seals at the entrance of … Continued


Expedition to the Greenland Sea – The first days

Within the framework of the international project ECOTIP addressing tipping points in the ecology of the Arctic seas, three members of the working group on microbial oceanography from the University of Vienna were invited to join an expedition investigating major fjord systems in eastern Greenland. The expedition with the German research vessel Maria S. Merian started … Continued



How to univie: summer school

univie: summer schools give you the opportunity to study for one to four weeks during the summer months at the University of Vienna and gain credits towards your degree programme. It is a great opportunity to connect with international peers and renowned experts in your field of interest. About univie: summer schools univie: summer schools … Continued



Summer school during the COVID pandemic

Sommerhochschule. A word I repeated incessantly in the weeks leading up to my flight to Austria. To some of my American friends, it was merely some gibberish that meant I would be unavailable for over a month. To my American professors, the word meant widening horizons, a great deal of learning, and elicited a hint … Continued

Studying Masters in Philosophy and Economics

The University of Vienna has started a novel, international, interdisciplinary MA Philosophy and Economics in 2019. With the programme entering its 4th year, we have asked some of our students to share their experiences. “My first year at the University of Vienna has been overwhelmingly positive. From the first day of classes, the staff and … Continued


How to make biology research labs more sustainable

Each of us has great power and it gets even greater when we act together. With this message in mind, molecular biologist Riccardo Trapannone and his colleagues started to promote sustainability at the Max Perutz Labs. Their data showed: Up to 50 per cent of the total waste from research labs could basically be recycled. … Continued

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