Advanced Biorefineries, Chemistry & Materials (ABC&M)

ABC & M provides an integrated research and educational platform in various biorefinery scenarios, i.e. processing of renewable resources according to green and sustainable principles.


The Doctoral School AgriGenomics links overlapping research fields with the aim to unravel the genetic and biochemical mechanisms underlying the performance of agricultural organisms and products. This interdisciplinary approach provides doctoral candidates with knowledge of methodologies used across research fields, with the added value of understanding the holistic nature of agricultural systems.

Biomaterials and Biointerfaces (BioMatInt)

Research of the Doctoral School BioMatInt focuses on the interaction between engineered materials and biological structures or tissues when they come into close contact. We perform our research and train our doctoral candidates using a highly interdisciplinary approach, bridging biology and fundamental research for medical applications with technology and legal considerations.

Bioprocess Engineering (BioproEng)

Bioprocess engineering generates the basis for the translation of discoveries of fundamental life science into industrial products, processes, or systems that serve the needs of our society. The Doctoral School will equip students to design processes that meet modern built-in quality demands.

Build like Nature: Resilient Buildings, Materials and Society (Build.Nature)

In order to increase the resilience of buildings, the BOKU Doctoral School BUILD.NATURE promotes inter- and transdisciplinary research regarding the materials, design and construction of life-cycle oriented building technologies for future society. The content focuses on minimizing environmental impacts, integrating buildings into the natural environment, designing and adapting buildings for future climates, low to zero waste strategies, and low energy consumption.

Hazards and Risks in Alpine Regions under Global Change (HADRIAN) 

HADRIAN fosters inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation and research and provides an educational platform of natural sciences, engineering/technical sciences, and social sciences to address the challenges resulting from natural hazards and risks under global change.

Human River Systems in the 21st Century (HR21)

HR21 addresses critical knowledge gaps in industrialized riverine landscapes and coupled socio-ecological systems research by developing new analytical and modelling tools and train a new generation of scientists in a multi- and trans-disciplinary environment. Within the HR21 Doctoral School three domains – natural sciences, engineering sciences and social and economic sciences are working together.

Social Ecology (DSSE)

The Doctoral School Social Ecology conducts inter- and transdisciplinary research on society-nature interaction in the context of global change and sustainability. Doctoral projects cross boundaries between social and natural sciences as well as the humanities. Socio-ecological methods and approaches such as social metabolism, integrated land-system science, long-term socio-ecological research and environmental history, socioecological transformation research and integrated socioecological and technoeconomic modelling are pursued.

Transitions to Sustainability (T2S)

The Doctoral School T2S promotes and supports inter- and transdisciplinary research in the field of sustainable development. The main aims of T2S are to advance conceptual, theoretical, and methodological approaches to sustainability transitions and to produce robust empirical insights on transition processes towards sustainability.