The board is the governing body of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna.

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Stefan Thurner


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Stefan Thurner is President of CSH, full professor for Science of Complex Systems at the Medical University of Vienna, external professor at the Santa Fe Institute, and part-time senior researcher at IIASA.

Stefan Thurner is full professor for Science of Complex Systems at the Medical University of Vienna, where he chairs Section for Science of Complex Systems. Since 2007 he is external professor at the Santa Fe Institute, since 2010 he is a part-time senior researcher at IIASA.

He obtained a PhD in theoretical physics from the Technical University of Vienna in 1995, and a PhD in economics from the University of Vienna in 2001. He held postdoc positions at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Boston University before he joined the faculty of the University of Vienna in 1999 and later Medical University. He obtaind his habilitation in theoretical physics in 2001. With his engagement with the Santa Fe Institute - he shifted his focus from theoretical physics to biological and complex systems, which are now his main scientific areas.

Since 1995 Thurner has published more than 170 scientific articles in fundamental physics (topological excitations in quantum field theories, entropy for complex systems), applied mathematics (wavelet statistics, fractal harmonic analysis, anomalous diffusion), complex systems (network theory, evolutionary systems), life sciences (network medicine, gene regulatory networks, bioinformatics, heart beat dynamics, cell motility), economics (price formation, regulation, systemic risk) and lately in social sciences (opinion formation, buerocratic inefficiency, collective human behavior in virtual worlds). He holds 2 patents.

Thurner has (co-) organized many international workshops, conferences and summerschools, and has himself presented more than 200 talks. His work has received broad interest from the media such as the New York Times, BBC world, Nature, New Scientist, Physics World and is featured in more than 400 newspaper, radio and television reports. He works in a network of scientists mostly around the Santa Fe Institute, the former Collegium Budapest, where he was a fellow in 2007, and many European initiatives. Thurner serves as a member of several scientific and editorial boards.

Apart from science Thurner has been active in quantitative financial consulting for financial institutions since 2003. In 1993 he founded a non-professional chamber music group for which he still plays the clarinet.

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Sabine Seidler

Vice President

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Sabine Seidler is Rector of Vienna University of Technology.

Sabine Seidler was born in 1961 in Sangerhausen, Germany. She is married and has two children.

Professional Experience:

  • 10/2014: H.F. Mark-Medal
  • since 06/2014: Member of the Supervisory Board of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH
  • since 05/2012: First female member of the Supervisory Board of AMAG
  • since 10/11: Rector of TU Wien
  • 10/07 - 09/11: Vice Rector for Research, TU Wien
  • 02/01 – 09/07: Head of the Institute of Materials Science and Technology, TU Wien 5/97: Habilitation “Materials Science”
  • since 9/96: o.Univ.Prof. Non-metallic Materials at TU Wien
  • 10/91 -12/94: Visiting Scientist at Ruhr-University Bochum, Institute of Experimental Mechanics
  • 11/89: PhD
  • 3/84 - 5/96: Scientific employee at Technical University Merseburg and Martin-Luther-University Halle Wittenberg


  • 67 papers in peer-reviewed international scientific journals
  • 130 talks at international conferences
  • 120 posters at international conferences
  • 2 Monographs
  • 4 books (Co-Editor)
  • 26 book chapters

Main Research Areas:

  • Structure-Property Correlations in Polymers
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Polymer Testing

Member of Scientific Boards:

  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research
  • Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden
  • Fraunhofer Austria Research

Member of Scientific Committees, Associations, Networks:

  • The Association of German Engineers, VDI
  • European Structural Integrity Society, ESIS
  • German Association for Materials Research and Testing, DVM
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde, DGM
  • Society of Plastic Engineers, SPE
  • Austrian Physical Society, OEPG
  • Austrian Society for Biomedical Engineering, ÖGBMT

International Cooperations:

  • Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India, Prof. Sabu Thomas
  • Tschech Academy of Science, CZ, Prof. Miroslav Raab
  • Technical University Prag, CZ, Prof. Joseph Steidl
  • Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, G, Prof. Wolfgang Grellmann
  • Technical University Brno, Polymer Institute Brno, CZ, Dr. Eva Nezbedova


  • Composites Sciences and Technology
  • European Polymer Journal
  • Journal of Applied Polymer Science
  • Materials Science & Engineering A
  • Chemical Monthly
  • Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

Refereed Publications in Scientific Journals 2006-2010:

  1. Fritscher, N. Hüsing, S. Bernstorff, D. Brandhuber, T. Koch, S. Seidler, H. Lichtenegger
    In-situ SAXS Study on Cationic and Non-Ionic Surfactant Liquid Crystals Using Synchrotron Radiation
    Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 12 (2005) 717-720
  2. R. Lach, S. Seidler, W. Grellmann
    Resistance against the Intrinsic Rate of Fracture Mechanics Parameters for Polymeric Materials under Moderate Impact Loading
    Mechanics of Time Dependent Materials 9 (2005) 103-119
  3. I. Kotter, W. Grellmann, T. Koch, S. Seidler
    Morphology Toughness Correlation of PP/EPR-Blends
    J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 100 (2006) 3364-3371
  4. V.-M. Archodoulaki, S. Lüftl, S. Seidler
    Oxidation Induction Time Studies on the Thermal Degradation Behaviour of Polyoxymethylene
    Polymer Testing 25 (2006) 83-90
  5. V.-M. Archodoulaki, S. Lüftl,, S. Seidler
    Effects of Coloration on the Physical and Mechanical Properties and on the Thermal Stability of Polyoxymethylene
    Advances in Polymer Technology 25 (2006) 63-72
  6. S. Lüftl, V.-M. Archodoulaki, M. Glantschnig, S. Seidler
    Influence of Coloration on Initial Material Properties and on Thermooxidative Ageing of a Polyoxymethylene Copolymer
    Journal of Material Science 42 (2007) 1351-1359
  7. S. Lüftl, V.-M.Archodoulaki, S. Seidler
    Thermal-oxidative induced degradation behaviour of polyoxymethylene (POM) copolymer detected by TGA/MS
    Polymer Degradation and Stability 91 (2006) 464-471
  8. T. Koch, S. Seidler, E. Halwax, S. Bernstorff
    Microhardness of Quenched and Annealed Isotactic Polypropylene
    Journal of Materials Science 42 (2007) 5318-5326
  9. T. Koch, R. Kogler, U. Schubert, S. Seidler
    Mechanical Properties of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials Determined by Indentation Techniques
    Monatshefte für Chemie 138 (2007) 293-299
  10. R. Kogler , T. Koch, H. Peterlik, S. Seidler, U. Schubert
    Mechanical, Thermomechanical and Thermal Properties of Polystyrene Crosslinked with a Multifunctional Zirconium Oxo Cluster
    Journal of Polymer Science B: Polymer Physics (2007) 2215-2231
  11. V.-M. Archodoulaki, S. Lüftl, S. Seidler
    Degradation Behavior of Polyoxymethylene: Influence of Different Stabilizer Packages
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 105 (2007) 3679–3688
  12. V.-M. Archodoulaki, S. Lüftl, T. Koch, S. Seidler
    Property changes in polyoxymethylene (POM) resulting from processing, ageing and recycling
    Polymer Degradation and Stability 92 (2007) 2181−2189

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Horst Bischof


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Horst Bischof is Vice Rector for Research at Graz University of Technology and Professor at the Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision

Horst Bischof received his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in computer science from the Vienna University of Technology in 1990 and 1993, respectively. In 1998 he got his Habilitation (venia docendi) for applied computer science. Currently he is Vice Rector for Research at Graz University of Technology and Professor at the Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision at the Graz University of Technology, Austria. H. Bischof is member of the scientific board of Joanneum Research. H. Bischof is board member of the Fraunhofer Inst. für Graphische Datenverarbeitung (IGD). His research interests include object recognition, visual learning, motion and tracking, visual surveillance and biometrics, medical computer vision, and adaptive methods for computer vision where he has published more than 630 peer reviewed scientific papers.

Horst Bischof if General Chair of CVPR 2015 and was chairman of the DAGM/ÖAGM conferene 2012 and co-chairman of international conferences (ICANN, DAGM), and local organizer for ICPR'96. He was program co-chair of ECCV2006 and several times Area chair of all major vision conferences. Currently he is Associate Editor for IEEE Trans. on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Pattern Recognition, Computer and Informatics and the Journal of Universal Computer Science.

Horst Bischof is member of the European academy of sciences and has received several (19) awards among them the 29th Pattern Recognition award in 2002; the main price of the German Association for Pattern Recognition DAGM in 2007 and 2012, the Best scientific paper award at the BMCV 2007, and the BMVC best demo award 2012 and the Best scientific paper awards at the ICPR 2008, ICPR2010, PCV 2010, AAPR2010 and ACCV 2012.

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Michaela Fritz

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Dr. Michaela Fritz is vice rector for research and innovation at the Medical University of Vienna.

Since October 2015 DI Dr. Michaela Fritz is vice rector for research and innovation at the Medical University of Vienna. MedUni Vienna is not only the largest medical organization in Austria, it is also one of the most important top-level research institutions in Europe and provides Europe's largest hospital, the AKH in Vienna, with all of its medical staff.

Michaela Fritz was Head of the Health & Environment Department of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. Research at the Department is aimed at developing innovative technologies to improve human health and at investigating natural resources and their interactions to safeguard ecological sustainability. Until 2016 she was president of the association AAL Austria – innovation platform for intelligent assistance in daily life.

From 2005 to 2010 Michaela Fritz worked for Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH, where she was responsible for the LISA (Life Science Austria) program and was actively involved in strategic planning, supporting start-ups and promoting Austria as a key life sciences location. During that time she also held the position of Managing Director of the Vienna cluster initiative LISA VR (Life Sciences Austria Vienna Region). Prior to that she spent several years in Munich working as a Senior Manager in business development for Infineon Technologies AG Bioscience. Before moving to industry, Michaela Fritz worked as a research assistant at ETH Zurich. After graduating in materials science (ETH Zurich) she completed her post-doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Johannes Fröhlich

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Pavel Kabat

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Pavel Kabat is Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Professor Pavel Kabat is Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), an independent, global international science and science to policy institute with 22 member countries, more than 400 international staff, and a global research network of ~2,500 scholars and almost 300 partner institutions. He is also Full Professor of Earth System Science at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, Founding Chair and Director of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and Arts Institute for Integrated Research on the Wadden Sea Region (Wadden Academy), a Member of the Leadership Council for the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and Co-Founder of the High Level Alpbach – Laxenburg Group, in which global leaders from academia, governments, businesses and civil society come together to support and advocate for sustainable transitions and sustainable development.

Trained as a mathematician and hydrologist, Professor Kabat’s almost 30 year research career has covered earth system science and global change, with a specific focus on land-atmosphere interactions, climate hydrology, water cycle and water resources.

He is an author and coauthor of over 300 refereed publications, including 9 books, member of 3 international editorial boards, and (co)editor of numerous special issues of peer reviewed international journals. He has also contributed as lead author and review editor to the assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Other academic and societal awards and distinctions received by Professor Kabat include the Zayed International Prize for the Environment (which was awarded to all the experts who worked on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment in 2005), and several honorary degrees, professorships, memberships and distinguished fellowships internationally.

In 2013, Professor Kabat was honored by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix Knight with the Order of the Netherlands Lion, a national order of chivalry founded in 1815 by King William I, which recognizes excellence in the arts, science, sport, and literature.

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Harald Kainz

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Harald Kainz is Rector of Graz University of Technology.

Harald Kainz was born in 1958. After completing his studies in civil engineering and engineering management in construction at Graz University of Technology, in 1982 he was employed at the former Institute of Residential and Industrial Water Management, and Groundwater and Agricultural Hydraulic Engineering. After gaining his doctorate in 1990, he took up assignments in managing positions in engineering offices in Austria and abroad, including eight years as managing director and on the executive board.

After ten years of experience in business he returned to Graz University of Technology and was appointed to the Chair of Urban Water Management and Landscape Water Engineering. In 2004 Harald Kainz was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering.

In 2007 he became Vice Rector of Infrastructure and Information and Communications Technology. Harald Kainz has been Rector of Graz University of Technology since 2011.

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Wolfgang Knoll


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Wolfgang Knoll is Managing Director of AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University Singapore.

Wolfgang Knoll graduated from the University of Konstanz in 1976 with a PhD degree in Biophysics after having completed an education in Physics at the Karlsruhe University of Technology. From 1980-1981, he was a Visiting Scientist at the IBM Research Laboratory in San Jose, California and the Institute Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France, from 1981-1986 an Assistant Professor at the Technical University of Munich, Germany and in 1986 he joined the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, as a group leader.

From 1991-1999, Wolfgang Knoll was the Director of the Laboratory for Exotic Nanomaterials, hosted by the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) in Wako/Japan and from 1992 to 2010, he was a Consulting Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University.

From 1993 to 2008, Wolfgang Knoll was the Director of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. In 1998, he became a Professor of Chemistry (by courtesy) at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and in 1999, he was appointed Adjunct Professor by Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea.

Since 2008, Wolfgang Knoll is the Scientific Managing Director of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology in Vienna and became a Visiting Professor of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 2009.

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Markus Müller

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Stefan Pichler

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