Joint NAWI Graz Professorships

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Joint nomination of professors

Appointing a new professor is always a major decision for a university. It has a significant effect on how a particular subject is represented in terms of research and teaching on a long-term basis. In the case of NAWI Graz, the two universities have agreed to align future professorships located in the five NAWI Graz areas. This ensures that each discipline is represented comprehensively, and that both universities are able to stay future-oriented when deciding who to appoint.

Extending the existing practise of coordinating future nominations of professors in the area of natural sciences, both universities started to conduct the joint nomination of professors in 2010. Appointment committees in this nomination procedures consist of members from both universities. Using this approach, all experts are integrated into the process of finding the best scientist for an open position, and as a result, the professors nominated are perfectly integrated into the NAWI Graz cooperation right from the start.

The following professors (§ 98 University Act) have been nominated jointly:


NAWI Graz Professors in Bioscience
Name: Subject Allocation: Home Institute/University: Start:
Prof. Dr. Christoph Sensen Computational Biotechnology Institute of Molecular Biotechnology 2014
Prof. Dr. Ronald Kühnlein Biochemistry 1 Institute of Molecular Biosciences 2016
Prof. Dr. Karl Gruber Biocomputing Institute of Molecular Biosciences 2016
Prof. Dr. Robert Kourist Molecular Biotechnology Institute of Molecular
Prof. Bettina Weber Botany Institute of Biology 2019


NAWI Graz Professors in Chemistry
Name: Subject Allocation: Home Institute/University: Start:
Prof. Dr. Leonhard Grill Physical Chemistry Institute of Chemistry 2013
Prof. Dr. Adrian Daniel Boese Computational Physical Chemistry                         Institute of Chemistry 2014
Prof. Dr. Paolo Falcaro Bio-based Materials Technology Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry 2016
Prof. Dr. Martin Wilkening Solid State Chemistry of modern
Energy Storage Systems
Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Materials 2016
Prof. Dr. Tim Zeiner Process Systems Engineering Institute of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology 2016
Prof. Dr. Gregor Trimmel Chemistry and Technology of Organic Materials Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Materials 2019
Prof. Dr. Karin Stana-Kleinschek Chemistry and Technology of Biobased Organic Materials Institute of Inorganic Chemistry 2019
Prof. Dr. Katalin Barta Weissert

Organic Chemistry/Renewable Resources

Institute of Chemistry 2019


NAWI Graz Professors in ESES
Name: Subject Allocation: Home Institute/University: Start:
Prof. Dr. Torsten
Theoretical Geodesy and
Satellite Geodesy
Institute of Geodesy 2015
Prof. Dr. Thomas Marcher Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling 2018


NAWI Graz Professors in Mathematics
Name: Subject Allocation: Home Institute/University: Start:
Prof. Dr. Klemens Fellner Mathematics/Computational Sciences Institute of Mathematics 2011
Prof. Dr. Karin Baur Algebra Institute of Mathematics  2011
Prof. Dr. Jussi Behrndt Differential Equations Institute of Computational Mathematics
(Math D)
Prof. Dr. Michael Kerber Computational Topology and Geometry Institute of Geometry 2015
Prof. Dr. Gunther Leobacher Stochastics Institute of Mathematics 2017
Prof. Dr. Siegfried Hörmann Applied Statistics Institute of Statistics 2017


NAWI Graz Professors in Physics
Name: Subject Allocation: Home Institute/University: Start:
Prof. Dr. Axel Maas

Theoretical Physics 2 (nonperturbative
quantum field theory)

Institute of Physics 2014
Prof. Dr. Martin Sterrer Experimental Physics 1 (Surface Physics) Institute of Physics 2014
Prof. Dr. Martin Schultze Experimental Physics with special emphasis on Optics and the Science of Light Institute of Experimental Physics 2019



NAWI Graz Fulbright professorship



Concerted actions regarding the nomination of visiting professors also have a long tradition in Graz. For this reason, both universities have begun a cooperation with the Fulbright Commission, in order to establish the programme “Fulbright-NAWI Graz Visiting Professors in the Natural Sciences”. This programme aims to bring distinguished researchers from the United States to Graz for teaching as well as for research. Each Fulbright-NAWI Graz professorship is funded for a four-month period. Fulbright-NAWI Graz Visiting Professors are integrated into research and teaching at both universities, which makes the programme highly beneficial for students and researchers. Students attend lectures given in English by native speakers and researchers get the chance to start new partnerships.



NAWI Graz Fulbright Visiting Professors
Name: Subject Allocation: Home Institute USA: Academic Year:
Prof. Dr. William W. Woessner Hydrogeology

Department of Geosciences
University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Prof. Dr. Edina Harsay Molecular Biology Department of Molecular Biosciences
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Prof. Dr. Nicholas Baeth Algebra

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO

Prof. Dr. Karin Ruhlandt Inorganic Chemistry Department of Chemistry
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Prof. Dr. Wayne Becker Molecular Biology Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI 2014-15
Prof. Dr. Andrew Proctor Chemistry Department of Food Science, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, AR 2015-16
Prof. Dr. John Shervais Geo Sciences Department of Geology, Utah State University, Logan, UT 2016-17      
Prof. Dr. Reuben Hudson Green Chemistry Department of Chemistry, Colby College, Waterville, ME 2017-18
Prof. Dr. Irena Swanson Algebra Department of Mathematics, Reed College, Portland, OR


Prof. Dr. Vladimir Tsukruk Materials Science School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 2019/20


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