About Us

The Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science (CeMESS) at the University of Vienna combines rapidly developing research areas of high societal relevance. Our Centre consists of four Research Divisions spanning microbiology, bioinformatics, ecology and environmental systems science.

This multidisciplinary approach empowers us to comprehensively investigate those critical biotic and abiotic processes that shape our bodies, ecosystems, and our planet at large. Our research provides critical insights that address pressing global challenges, from human to environmental health.

 News from our Centre


Desert soil microorganisms endure long droughts in a dormant state and rely on rain events for their reactivation. An international team around Dagmar...


Luzian Hämmerle, Anya Sherman, and Thilo Hofmann from EDGE—selected among 16,000 abstracts—presented their recent study on tire wear additives in food...


Our International FISH Course will be held again from September 9th to 13th 2024. During the one-week course, participants will be introduced to the...


Congratulations to Annes-Sophie, Nathalie, and Hana, who successfully defended their MSc thesis between March 11th and 18th 2024. Anne-Sophie Schwenk:...


Congratulations to Dr. Erika Kristel Salas Hernández, who successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Identification and quantification of soil...


On International Women's Day, March 8, 2024, Dr. Lucia Fuchslueger from the Division of Terrestrial Ecosystem Research (TER) at CeMESS, University of...

 Upcoming Events

27.06.2024 16:30

Laurel Thomas Arrigo

Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Eberhard Clar Saal, UZA II

20.06.2024 16:30

Thorsten Reemtsma

Head of Department of Analytical Chemistry, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research

UFZ, Leipzig, Germany


13.06.2024 16:30

Markus Holzner

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)


 Recent Publications

Chaudhuri S, Sigmund G, Kumar N, Hüffer T, Mautner A, Hofmann T. The efficacy of Pb, As(V) and Sb(III ) removal by biochar is determined by solution chemistry. Environmental Science: Water research & technology. 2024 Apr 1;10(4):912-921. Epub 2024 Feb 12. doi: 10.1039/D3EW00726J

Cusack DF, Christoffersen B, Smith-Martin CM, Andersen KM, Cordeiro AL, Fleischer K et al. Toward a coordinated understanding of hydro-biogeochemical root functions in tropical forests for application in vegetation models. New Phytologist. 2024 Apr 1;242(2):351-371. Epub 2024 Mar 20. doi: 10.1111/nph.19561

Figueiredo Lugli L, Fuchslueger L, Vallicrosa H, Van Langenhove L, Ranits C, Roc Fernandez Garberi P et al. Contrasting responses of fine root biomass and traits to large-scale nitrogen and phosphorus addition in tropical forests in the Guiana shield. Oikos. 2024 Apr;2024(4):e10412. Epub 2024 Jan 16. doi: 10.1111/oik.10412

Lintner M, Schagerl M, Lintner B, Wanek W, Golen J, Tyszka J et al. Impact of pesticides on marine coral reef foraminifera. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 2024 Apr;201:116237. Epub 2024 Mar 8. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2024.116237