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 four vice-rectors. The term of office of the Rectorate usually lasts four years. (At the Rector’s request, the current Rectorate’s term of office is shortened: 1 October 2019 until 30 September 2022.)



Vice-Rector Jean-Robert Tyran, Vice-Rector Regina Hitzenberger, Rector Heinz W. Engl, Vice-Rector Christa Schnabl and Vice-Rector Ronald Maier
The Rectorate (from left to right): Vice-Rector Jean-Robert Tyran, Vice-Rector Regina Hitzenberger, Rector Heinz W. Engl, Vice-Rector Christa Schnabl and Vice-Rector Ronald Maier. (© 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 2019 until 30 September 2022.

Nine members are from among the group of university professors:

  • Stefan Krammer
  • Michael Viktor Schwarz (Chair)
  • Doris Marko
  • Judith Rollinger
  • Susanne Reindl-Krauskopf
  • Ilse Reiter-Zatloukal
  • Oliver Rathkolb
  • Nuno Maulide
  • Kathrin Sartingen 

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

  • Elizabeta Jenko
  • Katharina Pallitsch
  • Annemarie Steidl (1. deputy Chair)
  • Claus Tieber

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

  • Christian Albert (2. deputy Chair)

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)   

  • Sandra Velebit
  • Jasmin Chalendi
  • Angelo Ziwna
  • Franziska Fritsche

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 and America whose expertise covers the entire range of subjects available at the University of Vienna.

List of SAB members:

  • Antje Boetius, Professor of Geomicrobiology, University of Bremen
  • Lorraine Daston, Director, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
  • Patrick Haggard, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London         
  • Martin Hetzer, Vice President & Chief Science Officer, Professor, Salk Institute
  • Sybille Krämer, Professor of Philosophy (retired), FU Berlin
  • Sari Lindblom, Vice-Rector, Professor of Higher Education, University of Helsinki
  • Gerhard Mayr, Chairman Emeritus of UCB S.A., former Executive VP of Eli Lilly & Company
  • Volker Mehrmann, Professor, Institute of Mathematics, TU Berlin
  • Patti Valkenburg, Professor of Media, Youth and Society, University of Amsterdam

This body was newly constituted in 2020. The term of office of the SAB members expires simultaneously with the term of the Rectorate on 30 September 2023.





Corporate Governance Report 2020 (in German)



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