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Doctoral programmes on energy and environment at TU Wien

Doctoral programmes are constituted as education centres for high qualified young academics and support the scientific research concentration as well as boost the continuity and the impact of such research focuses.

Current doctoral programmes

Smart Industrial Concept!

In recent years, many new technologies such as cloud computing, big data technologies, internet of things, artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, robotics, block-chain technology, etc. have emerged in the global market. In the future, data-driven modeling and automation will take on numerous tasks and artificial intelligence will play a significant role in decision-making processes and creation of more favorable, efficient and sustainable processes. SIC! seamlessly adheres to this topics and enables the field of digitisation to be coupled with the industrial environment. The overall goal of SIC! is the development of methods for the energy-optimized operation of industrial plants, their energy conversion, distribution and storage, as well as, the investigation of their interaction with the general conditions of the energy industry. This should make a significant contribution to better integration of renewable sources of energy in increasingly volatile markets. The complex energy systems model is being scientifically developed and tested for the first time, thus providing the basis for targeted implementation in all industrial production systems and energy-supplying environments. Details

Bioactive - Technologies for Drug Discovery and Production

The doctoral programme „TU Wien bioactive" started in September 2018. Within the next few years the researchers want to revolutionize the pharmaceutical industry. Their ground-breaking concept combines methods for the discovery of novel bioactive substances and sustainable production of harmaceuticals. Details

Water Economical Systems (FWF)

The Vienna Doctoral Programme on Water Resource Systems is an interdisciplinary programme aimed at researching complex water resource systems such as aquifers, streams, catchments and water infrastructure, and providing an excellent education to the doctoral researchers. Interaction between the disciplines, international networking, a tailor made training programme and an efficient mentoring concept are key priorities of the programme.
The programme is funded by the Austrian Science Funds FWF. The entire programme is designed to run for the period 2009 - 2021. Details

Completed doctoral programmes

Urban Energy and Mobility System (TUW, WSTW)

The doctoral programme URBEM-DK - which is organised by the TU Wien in cooperation with the Wiener Stadtwerke - started in autumn 2013. The doctoral candidates await application oriented research in close collaboration with the biggest communal infrastructure service provider in Austria. The scientific quality is guaranteed by the profound supervision of leading experts from the TU Wien. The aim of the programme is to develop new methods for description and simulation in the areas of “Future Energy Systems” and “New Mobility”. Details

Environmental Informatics (TUW)

In recent years, Environmental Informatics has emerged as a new interdisciplinary research field that can facilitate decisions regarding social, economic, ecological, and environmental goals based on a variety of information technology measures. The conceptual framework of the doctoral college consists of two interdependent layers: enabling technologies and environmental solutions. The first layer covers the required scientific/technical foundation together with enabling technologies, whereas the second layer includes the possible environmental solutions empowered by these enabling technologies. The environmental solutions cover areas such as environmental research, environmental resource management, green business, and smart solutions. Details

Energy Systems 2030 (TUW)

The TU-internal doctoral college "Energy systems 2030 (ENSYS2030) had the objective to offer the participants a particularly structured and interdisciplinary education within the Key Research Area "Energy, Environment and Climate" of TU Wien (TUW). 
The doctoral college ENSYS 2030 concentrated on four key themes: Solar Energy, Energy Storage, Electric Mobility and Energy Active Buildings. The college had the objective to organize a high level interdisciplinary and internationally acknowledged research group on these four topics of future energy supply. The highly interdisciplinary faculty consisted of ten professors for the faculties of Mechanical Engineering, Technical Chemistry, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Civil Engineering and Mathematics and Geoinformation. Details

AB-Tec Applied Bioscience Technology (TUW)

The Faculty of Technical Chemistry at TU Wien has established a research focus in bioscience technologies within its research agenda 2009, aiming to bridge several competence fields of the faculty in a synergistic fashion.
The interaction within AB-Tec is centered at the interface of biotechnology and (bio)organic synthetic chemistry with key contributions by bioanalytics. It is the particular aim of the TUW sponsored internal programme to provide highly inter-disciplinary training. Theory will be strongly complemented by top-level research within three dedicated work-packages of academic as well as industrial relevance. The three work-packages cover research in the areas of bioprocess development (WP-I), mycotoxin metabolites (WP-II), and renewable resources (WP-III). Details

Energy and Resource Awareness in Urban and Regional Development / EWARD (TUW)

The TU Wien internal doctoral college "Energy and Resource Awareness in Urban and Regional Development " (EWARD) aims at strategic planning for an energy‐aware spatial development at different spatial levels (scales) by combining problem‐based positive analysis and approaches with planning and normative conclusions. It pursues an interdisciplinary approach and is linked to the current research field of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning “Eco‐efficient development and planning of the built environment”, as well as to the research focus point “Energy and Environment” of the TU Wien. EWARD started March 2014 with 10 PhD students. Details

Cyber-Physical Production Systems (CPPS)

The subject of "Industrie 4.0" has recently been established at TU Wien as an important interdisciplinary research initiative "TUWin4.0" and is the major development direction of the TU Wien Learning and Innovation Factory (LIF).The internally funded Doctoral College "Cyber-Physical Production Systems" aims at further positioning TU Wien with TUWin4.0 and brings together experts from the fields of mechanical and industrial engineering, management sciences, computer science, informatics, electrical engineering, and information technology. The goal of this interdisciplinary Doctoral College is to establish research collaborations among the next generation of researchers and to utilize synergies based on the different methods, approaches, and knowledge from these fields. Details

Molecular and Elemental Imaging in Biosciences / MEIBio (TUW)

The new TU Wien funded doctoral programme started in October 2013.  The interdisciplinary environment at the TU Wien will allow for an excellent and multidisciplinary education in the fields of chemistry, physics, electrotechnic, biology and informatics, which exceeds the expertise of the single disciplines. In the frame of selected PhD-topics the field of sustainabilty and usability of natural ressources will be treated.
For multimodal imaging typically only two imaging techniques are taken into account for innovative combination approaches. The proposed PhD program takes this idea one step further and implements new emerging technologies (i.e. mass spectrometry imaging) in optical methods (i.e. fluorescence, infrared) well recognized in the field of microscopy. Details