University management

The highest bodies of the University of Vienna are the Rectorate, the University Board and the Senate. The Rectorate has established a Scientific Advisory Board to advise the University on its development. 


The Rectorate develops the University's strategic guidelines which are specified in the Development Plan, the performance agreements with the Federal Minister and the target agreements with the faculties/centres, directors of studies and service units. The Rectorate governs the University. The Rectorate consists of the Rector and three vice-rectors. The current members of the Rectorate hold office from October 2015 until September 2019.



Vice-Rector Jean-Robert Tyran, Vice-Rector Regina Hitzenberger, Rector Heinz W. Engl and Vice-Rector Christa Schnabl
The Rectorate (from left to right): Vice-Rector Jean-Robert Tyran, Vice-Rector Regina Hitzenberger, Rector Heinz W. Engl and Vice-Rector Christa Schnabl. (© Universität Wien/

The University Board

Together with the Rectorate and the Senate, the University Board is the highest governing body of the University of Vienna. The University Board consists of nine members whose term of office is five years. An equal number of members is appointed by the University and the Federal Government. These members elect the ninth member. In execution of its duties, the University Board acts as an interface between the University, public authorities and society. The current members of the University Board hold office from March 2018 until March 2023.


  • Dr. Eva Nowotny (Chair)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Barbara Dauner-Lieb
  • Prof. Dr. Bärbel Friedrich
  • Mag. Helmut Kern, MA
  • Prof. Dr. Ursula Lehmkuhl
  • Dr. Reinald Riedl
  • Dr. Friedrich Rödler
  • em.o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Georg Winckler
  • Prof. Dr. Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker
The University Board (from left to right): Friedrich Rödler, Reinald Riedl, Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker, Bärbel Friedrich, Georg Winckler, Ursula Lehmkuhl, Barbara Dauner-Lieb, Helmut Kern, Eva Nowotny. (© Universität Wien/

The Senate

Together with the Rectorate and the University Board, the Senate is the highest governing body of the University. The University of Vienna's Senate consists of 18 members. The current members of the Senate hold office from 1 October 2016 until 30 September 2019.

Nine members are from among the group of university professors:

  • Michael Viktor Schwarz (Chair)
  • Monika Gehrig-Merz
  • Petra Heinz
  • Stefan Krammer
  • Sylvia Kritzinger
  • August Reinisch
  • Christiane Spiel
  • Othmar Steinhauser
  • Michael Wagner 

Four members are from among the group of associate professors and staff engaged in the arts, research and teaching

  • Clemens Bernsteiner
  • Ilse Reiter-Zatloukal
  • Michaela Schaffhauser-Linzatti
  • Claus Tieber

One member is from among the group of non-academic university staff 

  • Christian Albert

Four members are from among the group of students (sent by the representatives of the Austrian National Union of Students at the University of Vienna)  

  • Alina Bachmayr-Heyda
  • Florian Hule
  • Sebastian Kneidinger
  • Sandra Velebit
group photo of the senate
The Senate (from left to right): Bettina Perthold-Stoitzner, Felix Hule, Petra Heinz, August Reinisch, Sylvia Kritzinger, Christiane Spiel, Claus Tieber, Karin Stanger, Clemens Bernsteiner, Michaela Schaffhauser-Linzatti, Nicola Roehlich, Ilse Reiter-Zatloukal, Michael Wagner, Michael Schwarz (Vorsitzender), Alina Bachmayr-Heyda, Christian Albert, Philipp Ilming, Othmar Steinhauser, Monika Gehrig-Merz and Stefan Krammer.

The Scientific Advisory Board

According to its Organisation Plan, the University of Vienna has a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) that analyses and observes "the University of Vienna within the context of the international academic landscape" and advises the University on its long-term strategy. According to the Organisation Plan, the Senate and the University Board each select three persons out of the Rectorate's proposal, which has to consist of at least 14 persons. The Rectorate selects three further persons out of the remaining persons.

Members of the new Scientific Advisory Board consist of nine independent and internationally renowned researchers from Europe, Asia and America whose expertise covers the entire range of subjects available at the University of Vienna. Among the members of the Scientific Advisory Board are the two Nobel Prize laureates Elisabeth Blackburn and Robert Huber, and the former chair of the Boehringer Ingelheim Board of Managing Directors. 

List of SAB members:


This body was newly constituted in 2014. The term of office of the SAB members expires simultaneously with the term of the Rectorate on 30 September 2019.




List of members' CVs



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Corporate Governance Report 2018 (in German)



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