VAN News


13-15 June 2024 - This year's Forum Anthropocene addresses the question how global change can also be an opportunity to consciously shape our future?


6 June 2024, 5 pm CEST - Event at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) with a keynote by Alice Vadrot on Science and Environmental Policy


Extreme heat waves are becoming more frequent due to anthropogenic climate change. Cities are especially vulnerable to warming and must respond now.

Vienna Anthropocene Network

Our Mission Statement

Research for a future we want to live inThe Anthropocene presents challenges to all academic fields. As a new geochronological epoch it redefines the human relationship to the planet in ecological terms with consequences that are also historical, social, and ethical. Bringing together the humanities and the sciences, our network comprises scholars from geology, geography, the life sciences, history, philosophy, political science, literary and cultural studies, STS, anthropology and a range of area studies. Drawing on this broad interdisciplinary base, we will explore the new perspectives on nature, culture, society, and technology that the Anthropocene urgently solicits. We furthermore aim to convey an understanding of the significance of the Anthropocene to a wider audience of policy makers, teachers, journalists and the public at large.

 VAN Events


5 June 2024, 10 am - 7 pm CEST

Workshop (hybrid, free attendance)

Location: University of Vienna & online


Interdisciplinary online lecture series on the Anthropocene

Tuesdays, 5:00-7:00 pm (CET & CEST), Summer Term 2024


Course on the Aesthetics of the Anthropocene

Tuesdays, 4:45-6:15 pm (CET & CEST), Summer Term 2024 (in-person)