Research Area Alpine Space - Man and Environment


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Mayr (Institute for Botany)

Deputy Head

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Georg Kaser (Institute of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences)


Dr. Wolfgang Gurgiser (Institute for Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences)

Research Objectives

The Research Focus “Alpine Space – Man and Environment” at the University of Innsbruck is the only research focus in Austria that focuses on a particular region. Its foundation was motivated by the long tradition and high competence of the University of Innsbruck in research in mountain areas worldwide, combined with the unique location of the university in the middle of the Eastern Alps.

The research focus benefits from a broad field of expertise with a special focus on Alpine areas and the connections between society and nature. Based on the idea of a multi-faculty University, we have experts from 8 research centres working in natural and technical sciences, in social, economic as well as in cultural, legal, sport and medical sciences. We also collaborate with various national and international partners.

Thanks to the range of expertise involved, our research focus is able to address topics relevant to mountain areas from various perspectives. This is becoming more and more important, as alpine regions are considered especially vulnerable to increasing climate change impacts and globalisation. We react to these issues by merging results from all embedded disciplines and extending the output in interdisciplinary frameworks. With this strategy, we aim to develop innovative solutions for sustainable development in mountain areas, and to pursue important outreach and exchange activities in alpine societies and beyond.

 Interview with Hannelore Weck-Hannemann (Video)

Affiliated Organisational Units

Faculty of Biology

Faculty of Economics and Statistics

Faculty of Engineering Sciences

Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences

Faculty of Philosophy and History

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Psychology and Sport Science

School of Catholic Theology

School of Social and Political Science

Affiliated Research Centres/Doctoral Programmes

Other Partners