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:

  • Plastics in the Environment and Society (PLENTY)
    (Faculty of Life Sciences, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy, Faculty of Social Sciences)
    Head: Gerhard Herndl

    This platform examines global plastic pollution adopting a holistic approach. In addition to studying biotic and abiotic interactions on the surface of plastic in aquatic systems, it also aims to examine how information and altered perception can potentially change the use of plastic in a society as well as the associated substance flows.
  • 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.
  • Data Science@Uni Wien
    (Faculty of Computer Science, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy, Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics, Faculty of Mathematics)
    Head: Thorsten Möller

    This research platform aims to bring together researchers who work with large amounts of data. They come from various fields represented at the University of Vienna and join forces to work on and establish the new computer-aided research field of data science. Their main focus is on application problems in the fields of astronomy, economics and finances as well as in the digital humanities and medical research.


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