Doctoral programme Natural Hazards in Mountain Regions


assoz. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Bernhard Gems (Department of Infrastructure, Unit for Hydraulic Engineering)

Deputy Head

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Barbara Schneider-Muntau (Department of Infrastructure, Unit for Geotechnical and Tunnel Engineering)

Representative Student

Tobias Schwestermann, MSc


To be announced shortly.


As natural hazards in mountain regions cover biological, geographical, geological, geotechnical, hydraulic, hydrological, meteorological, and socio-economic issues, an interdisciplinary research approach for the hazards assessment, modelling, etc. is essential. The doctoral programme “Natural Hazards in Mountain Regions” focuses on both, more general pressing questions as well as on research challenges. Thinking and acting in interdisciplinary cross-boundary domains, where knowledge and expertise is transferred over boundaries between classical natural and engineering science as well as between natural and social science disciplines, is of basic relevance.

The doctoral programme aims to provide a systematic, efficient and high-quality training of excellent PhD students within an interdisciplinary research environment. PhD students are pushed to extend their research interests, to recognize and develop correlations and interfaces with other research disciplines and foci, and to present their research in a broader context. Activities cover academic topics as well as the training of soft skills and career planning. The doctoral programme is further aimed to be a fruitful platform for the members to discuss, propose and work on common interdisciplinary research issues and thereby also cooperate with external national and international research institutions. 

Faculty Members

Faculty of Economics and Statistics

> Department of Public Finance

  • o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hannelore Weck-Hannemann

Faculty of Engineering Sciences

> Department of Infrastructure, Unit of Environmental Engineering

  • assoz. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Manfred Kleidorfer
  • Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Wolfgang Rauch
  • assoz. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Robert Sitzenfrei

> Department of Infrastructure, Unit of Geotechnical and Tunnel Engineering

  • Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Wolfgang Fellin
  • Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Barbara Schneider-Muntau

> Department of Infrastructure, Unit of Hydraulic Engineering

  • assoz. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Stefan Achleitner
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Aufleger
  • assoz. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Bernhard Gems

> Department of Infrastructure, Unit of Intelligent Transport Systems

  • Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Markus Mailer

 Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences

> Department of Geography

  • Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Karl-Michael Höferl
  • Mag. Dr. Gertraud Meißl
  • Mag. Dr. Martin Rutzinger
  • Dr. Rudolf Sailer
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johann Stötter

> Department of Geology

  • Dr. Rainer Brandner
  • Dr. Luke Gliganic
  • Dr. Michael Meyer
  • Dr. Jasper Moernaut
  • Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Hugo Ortner
  • Mag. Dr. Marc-André Ostermann
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Strasser

 Student Board

  • Katharina Baumgartner
  • Christoph Daxer
  • Christine Fey
  • Michael Holzmann
  • Simon Lumassegger
  • Patrick Oswald
  • Hannah Prantl
  • Matthias Rauter
  • Maddalena Sammartini
  • Korbinian Schmidtner
  • Fabian Schranz
  • Tobias Schwestermann
  • Michael Sturm
  • Tanja Vonach
  • Benjamin Winter
  • Jonatan Zischg




1669 Wissenschafft Gesellschafft
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitta Erschbamer