Research platforms

Research platforms are a successful tool for interdisciplinary research cooperation projects. The establishment of research platforms is initiated by academics and research groups of various disciplines and faculties that can submit their applications in the course of calls for proposals. The applications are evaluated by international experts.

Applications from all subject areas are taken into consideration. Research platforms address academic questions that can only be studied from an interdisciplinary perspective. Thus, the underlying goal is the promotion of especially innovative, interdisciplinary research projects. Research platforms are established for a duration of three years, which may be extended.


The University plans to establish the following research platforms in 2018:

  • The Comammox Research Platform
    (Faculty of Chemistry, Faculty of Life Sciences, Centre for Molecular Biology, Chemistry Meets Microbiology)
    Head: Holger Daims

    This platform studies a new type of microorganism (Comammox), which for the first time combines both steps of nitrification, a biological process of special importance for the environment, in a single organism. The researchers analyse the reactions happening within the microorganisms, using state-of-the-art biochemical and structural biological methods.

  • Mediatised Lifeworlds - Young people's narrative constructions, connections and appropriations
    (Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Philosophy and Education)
    Head: Susanne Reichl

    The ultimate objective of this research platform is to gain a firm foothold in interdisciplinary research on narratives in young people’s everyday use of media. The question raised is how these mediatised narratives contribute to social contact, to the (co-)construction of identities and appropriation processes.


The following research platforms have already been established at the University of Vienna: