BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences), Vienna

Das Gebäude der Universität für Bodenkultur (BOKU) in Wien von Außen betrachtet © BOKU

The University of Natural Resources and Life number Sciences, Vienna – known also by its acronym "BOKU" – was initially founded as a university of agriculture and forestry in 1872, it nowadays covers a unique scientific spectrum – ranging from agrarian issues to biotechnological research. Deriving from its mantra – to be a "University of Life" – the BOKU aims to take on a special societal and political responsibility. Its core competency is the research and communication of potential sustainability solutions and the protection of natural resources. As a result the BOKU provides answers to issues of socio-political importance that affect us all. The BOKU enjoys an outstanding reputation and offers an exceptional environment: It has always been a place of encounter for different fields of science, research topics, opinions, attitudes, people and nationalities; openness and diversity characterise everyday life at this university.

Faculties and programmes

Water, Atmosphere and Environment | Nanobiotechnology | Chemistry |Integrative Biology and Biodiversity Research | Food Sciences and Technology |Landscape, Spatial and Infrastructural Sciences | Economics and Social Sciences |Sustainable Agricultural Systems | Civil Engineering and Natural Hazards | Forest and Soil Sciences | Crop Sciences | Agrobiotechnology (IFA Tulln) | Applied Genetics and Cell Biology | Material Sciences and Process Engineering | Biotechnology


The BOKU – the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna supports the concept of a European and global bio-economy 2030, addressing the grand societal challenges: sustainable management of natural resources, sustainable production, improving public health, mitigating climate change, integrating and balancing social developments and global sustainable development. The Centre for Development Research is dedicated to the transfer of know-how and technology for sustainable development in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

An integral part of the BOKU is the Vienna Institute of Bio Technology; it is home to those institutes that deal directly or indirectly with this future key technology. Constantly being aware of environmental issues, the BOKU was the first Austrian university to receive the European EMAS certificate for its environmental management system in 2006. The BOKU’s "Centre for Global Change and Sustainability" supports the university in realising its societal responsibility. On a somewhat smaller scale there is the Kids’ University, giving children an insight into the world of science by means of age-appropriate lectures; or in-house, the autonomous Equal Opportunities Working Group provides preventive advice and fosters the advancement of women.