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: Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hubmann (interim.)

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

Implementation of the NAWI Graz Geocenter at a glance

  • 12/2015: Funding declaration is finalised.
  • 01/2016: The NAWI Graz Geocenter’s Executive Committee is constituted.
  • 02/2016: The Heads of the NAWI Graz Geocenter are appointed by both rectorates.
  • 05/2016: Rules of procedure of the NAWI Graz Geocenter are signed.
  • 05/2016: Internal Workshop NAWI Graz Geocenter is held.
  • 06/2016: External Workshop NAWI Graz Geocenter with Scientific Adisory Board is held.
  • 03/2017: Feasibility analysis for joint building is finalised
  • 04/2017: Future synergies and efficiency gains are presented to rectorates
  • 07/2017: Future synergies and efficiency gains are finalised
  • 01/2018: Heads of NAWI Graz Geocenter are elected/appointed
  • 05/2018: Implementation is evaluated externally
  • 08/2018: Joint series of publications is launched
  • 10/2018: Start of Englich master programme Geosciences
  • 01/2019: Start of Core Facility Field Emissiob Microprobe
  • 03-06/2019: Adverising campaign NAWI Graz Geocenter

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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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