NAWI Graz Geocenter

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Unique in Austria: Institutes of TU Graz and Uni Graz will cooperate much closer within the framework of the NAWI Graz Geocenter. The center’s objectives are to make best possible use of synergies and to further develop its disciplines jointly.
The NAWI Graz Geocenter’s institutes have initiated this step on their own as a logical consequence of their long-term cooperation. Uni Graz and TU Graz have both very welcomed this development and have supported this proposal. The funding declaration has been signed in December 2015.

At present, the following institutes are part of the NAWI Graz Geocenter:

  • Institute of Applied Geosciences (TU Graz, two disciplines)
  • Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling (TU Graz)
  • Institute of Institute of Soil Mechanics, Foundation Engineering and Computational Geotechnics (TU Graz) and
  • Institute of Earth Sciences (Uni Graz, four disciplines)


This means in effect that following disciplines are bundled within the NAWI Graz Geocenter:

  • Mineralogy & Hydrogeochemistry: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Dietzel
  • Engineering Geology: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Daniel Scott Kieffer
  • Soil Mechanics, Foundation Engineering and Computational Geotechnics: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roman Marte
  • Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Marcher
  • Hydrogeology: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Steffen Birk
  • Petrology und Geochemistry: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Hauzenberger
  • Geology: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Walter Kurz
  • Palaeontology und Stratigraphy: o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Werner Piller

Roman Marte (TU Graz) and Steffen Birk (Uni Graz, deputy) have been elected as heads of the NAWI Graz Geocenter.

Next steps

The objectives of the NAWI Graz Geocenter are to make best use of synergies in research, teaching and administration, to further develop its disciplines jointly and to increase international visibility. In order to realise these aims, the NAWI Graz Geocenter will be located in a joint building in a few years.
On May 4th, 2016, an internal workshop was held, which was dedicated to discuss the NAWI Graz Geocenter with the internal public and to determine the next steps. The second part of the workshop on June 15th will focus on creating specific plans for the further implementation.
In addition to these more research and organisational matters, the inter-university curricula working group is intensively working on the further improvement of the bachelor Earth Science, in order to make this programme even more attractive.

 

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Contact persons:

Heads of the NAWI Graz Geocenter

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roman Marte (TU Graz)

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Steffen Birk (Uni Graz, deputy)

Relevant study programs are:

Bachelor Geosciences (NAWI Graz)

Master Geosciences (NAWI Graz)

Master Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering (TU Graz)

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