Founded in 1872, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, known too by its acronym “BOKU”, is the only Austrian university to focus on Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in its broadest sense. Thus international collaboration was always a condition sine qua non for BOKU, who now comprises 15 departments and four service centers in Vienna, as well as a number of experimental centers around Vienna.

BOKU now has around 12.000 students (of which 20% are international), provides courses at the bachelor, masters and doctoral levels, has approx. 1.800 staff who are engaged in teaching and re-search, a broad range of external lecturers, and some 400 persons working in services and administration.

The study courses are designed to follow BOKU´s main teaching and research disciplines, always providing a connection between natural sciences, engineering and economics. Topics in Teaching and Research include:

  • sustainable use of naturally growing raw materials both for energy supply as well as for innovative materials
  • protecting renewable sources such as water, soil, and atmosphere
  • shaping true to life recycling processes
  • interrelation between food production and health
  • protecting and shaping biotopes and environments
  • protecting the wellbeing of plants, animals, and humans

The BOKU professes to being an international performer in research and teaching, cooperating across national and international borders, and initiating open-mindedness towards new developments. The high quality of BOKU’s research and education is acknowledged by the QS World university rankings by subject area, where BOKU achieved rank 33 in the category “Agriculture and Forestry” in 2014; but also by the fact that BOKU has e.g. 2 ERC Starting grants and a UNESCO Chair on Integrated River Research and Management, among others.

Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien

Telephone 1: +43-1-476541000
Telephone 2: +43-1-476541018
Fax: +43-1-476451005

Legal Representative:
Ao.Univ.Prof. Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat. Barbara Hinterstoisser, Vice-rector
Telephone: +43 1 47654-1004

Contact Person:
Dr. Bernhard Wolfslehner
Head of Office EFICEEC Central-East European Regional Office of the European Forest Institute
Telephone: +43 1 47654-4418