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Event poster for the lecture series Anthropocene 2024

Upcoming Events

Online Lecture Series "Welcome to the Anthropocene" 2024

Tuesdays, 5:00-7:00 pm (CET & CEST), starts on 12 March 2024

In the summer term 2024, we will again be hosting an interdisciplinary lecture series on the Anthropocene. With international speakers from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities who will examine the challenges and controversies of the Anthropocene from different perspectives.

The lecture series is a cooperation of VAN, the Department of Geology and the IGCP 732 project of the University of Vienna, together with the Forum Anthropozän.

Online via Zoom (free attendance, register here)


17 April 2024, 4:45 pm CEST - Film screening "The Anthropocene: The age of mankind" and panel discussion with VAN founder Eva Horn


The EGU2024 will take place from 14-19 April 2024, including a panel on “The Great EGU Climate Debate: The Anthropocene - Epochalypse Now?”


The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) officially rejects the proposal to formalise the Anthropocene as new geological epoch.


On 12 March 2024, the University of Vienna celebrates its 659th anniversary - upholding traditions while promoting innovation in science and beyond.


Life thrives in the most extreme environments: from the deep sea to alkaline salt lakes. What can we learn from their inhabitants?


New research findings on how microbial activity in the soil influences the global carbon cycle and possible feedback mechanisms on the climate.

Featured Videos

 "Sympoiesis as Natural Technicity: The Allegory of the Lichen"

Keynote by Bruce Clarke (Texas Tech University)

25 January 2024 - Presented at our workshop "Making Kin"

Hosted by the Vienna Anthropocene Network (FWF-Projekt „Landschaft, Leben, Form. Die Poetik des Anthropozäns“)

 "Making Kin with Microbes? The Microbiome in the Posthuman Novel (Elisabeth Klar's 'Es gibt uns')"

Talk by Nicole Sütterlin (Harvard University)

25 January 2024 - Presented at our workshop "Making Kin"

Hosted by the Vienna Anthropocene Network

 Records of Loss

Videofilm by Axel Braun

Created on behalf of the Vienna Anthropocene Network and shown at the panel discussion "Vanishing Ice" in January 2020.

The film traces the history of Austria's largest glacier, Pasterze, contraposing past and present images to record the loss of glacial landscapes over time.