Cooperating with national and international partners is a key component in all areas of expertise at IRUB. In scholarly debate on spatially relevant topics the institute cooperates with university institutions and independent research institutions in Austria and abroad. Our networking focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange of knowledge with other research fields. Our cooperation with public institutions, such as specialist departments of the federal government and provinces, municipalities as well as members of the private sector highlight the application-oriented approach and the societal relevance of the institute’s research.


Numerous institutes and working groups – currently 26 institutes/workings groups from 12 departments – of the BOKU are doing research in the field of energy. The BOKU-Energycluster represents a platform across institutes enabling communication and better networking. It aims to foster cooperation in teaching and continuing education as well as in research. In addition the BOKU-Energy Cluster functions as central contact point for external inquiries concerning the topic of energy research at the BOKU.

COST Action “Land4Floods”

IRUB is part of the COST Action „Natural Flood Retention on Private Land“. This project, which is funded by the European Union, has a duration of four years (2017-2021) and supports the collaboration between science and practice at the interface of floodwater, land use and spatial planning. The COST Action is supervised by Lenka Slavikova (J.E.P. University Usti nad Labem, CZ) and Thomas Hartmann (Utrecht University, NL).

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Currently IRUB is participating in two Erasmus+ projects:

The project SULANET (Sustainable Land Management Network), which has a duration of three years, focuses on establishing a virtual research and teaching network in the area of land management. The cooperation partners are the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, the University of Foggia (Italy), the University of Bialystok (Poland), the University of Cordoba (Spain) and the University of Agribusiness and Rural Development Plovdiv (Bulgaria).

The project ECAP (Enhancing Competencies of Central Asian Universities in Agricultural Policy focused on Environmental Protection and Land Management) aims at supporting Central Asian Universities in establishing curricula in the areas of environmental protection and land management. The cooperation partners are the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague as well as two Universities from both Kazakhstan (Kazakh National Agrarian University, Kostanay State University) and Uzbekistan (Samarkand State University, Karakalpak State University).

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BOKU is part of a network of leading Universities with comparable areas of expertise in research and teaching, namely the Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS). The ELLS deals with topics such as joint teaching and learning, student and staff mobility as well as quality assurance. Within the ELLS network faculties and departments of seven universities whose core competences lie in the fields of landscape- and/or spatial planning as well as landscape architecture cooperate in the so-called subject area „Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning“ (LASP). The network aims to further develop and implement education and research in these two areas of expertise.

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