University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) – Institute of Silviculture

Gregor-Mendel-Straße 33 1180 Wien

As one of Europe’s most important Life Science universities, we make vital contributions toward preserving, developing and protecting our environment and quality of life – both locally and globally, for today and future generations.

The BOKU is committed to sustainability principles in research, teaching, daily operations, in our organizational culture, and in working with and for society.

With our bioeconomy research focus, we face the Grand Challenges and contribute to the development of an economic system that ensures sustainable resources for a growing world population.

Departments involved in BOKU’s eight fields of expertise are strongly interdisciplinary while remaining rigorously scientifically based.

Source: accessed on 12/03/2021.


Founded in 1872, the Universität für Bodenkultur Wien / University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, known too by its acronym “BOKU”, now comprises 15 departments and four service centres in Vienna, as well as a number of experimental centres around Vienna.

The university is attended by approx. 10.000[1] students, provides study courses at the bachelor, masters and doctoral levels, has approx. 1.800[2] staff who are engaged in teaching and research, a broad range of external lecturers, and some 4603 persons working in services and administration.

The study courses are designed to follow BOKU´s main teaching and research disciplines — sustainable use of naturally growing raw materials both for energy supply as well as for innovative materials, protecting vital resources such as water, soil and atmosphere, shaping true to life production and health, protecting and shaping biotopes and environments, protecting the wellbeing of plants, animals and humans.

The university’s mission

The university sees itself as a teaching and research institution that focuses on renewable resources that are a prerequisite for human existence. The relationships between man, society and the environment form the basis of all activities at BOKU, and its foremost aim is to make decisive contributions to securing the well-being of future generations. In this endeavour, it will seek ways of ensuring a sustainable and environmentally sound management of natural resources by allying the competences of the natural, engineering, economic and social sciences.

Areas of Competence in Teaching and Research:

  • Soil, plants, and living beings
  • Land use, landscape, and infrastructure
  • Water, atmosphere, and environment
  • Alternative biogenic materials and bio-energy
  • Biotechnology
  • Forestry and wood sciences
  • Agricultural sciences
  • Food technology sciences


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The INCREDIBLE project aims to show how Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFP) can play an important role in supporting sustainable forest management and rural development, by creating networks to share and exchange knowledge and expertise. ‘Innovation Networks of Cork, Resins and Edibles in the Mediterranean basin’ (INCREDIBLE) promotes cross-sectoral collaboration and innovation to highlight the value and potential of NWFPs in the region.


Innovation Networks of Cork, Resins and Edibles in the Mediterranean basin’ (INCREDIBLE) project receives funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement Nº 774632

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