Department structure


Department statutes (Departmentsordnung)

The Department of Nanobiotechnology is operating under the "Statut des Departments für Nanobiotechnologie", accepted by the decision of the BOKU Rectorate on 08.05.2012. The DNBT Statutes can be accessed by the following link.

Note that the DNBT has changed the nomenclature in the Statutes from "Abteilung" to the legally equivalent "Institute" in every day use to comply with the most common nomenclature of the BOKU.

Department structure

The Department of Nanobiotechnology is comprised of three Institutes:

  • Institute for Biologically inspired materials (Institute leader: Univ. Prof. Erik Reimhult; Deputy: Dr. Ronald Zirbs)
  • Institute for Biophysics (Institute leader: Univ. Prof. José Luis Toca-Herrera; Deputy: ao. Prof. Dietmar Pum)
  • Institute for Synthetic bioarchitectures (Institute leader: Univ. Prof. Eva-Kathrin Sinner; Deputy: Dr. Darren Tan)

With shared state-of-the-art laboratory and office infrastructure the institutes organize research and teaching in their respective area of expertise. A joint strategy for developing research and teaching and for use of common resources is coordinated through the meeting of the Institute heads (Institutsleiterkonferenz, ILK). The ILK is chaired by the Department head and has one attending representative from each department, typically the Head of each Institute; these are also Deputy Heads of Department. The ILK meets approximately weekly to discuss and support the decisions of the Department head and to distribute departmental tasks.

The following list specifies the delegation of responsibilities and rights to represent the Department of Nanobiotechnology within the area of responsibility. These delegations are to be seen as complementary to the legally stipulated right of the Department head to represent the Department of Nanobiotechnology in all issues and the right of the deputy department heads to represent the department on behalf of the department head. All delegations are in order of appearance, i.e. the second name should only be contacted if the first person is not available.

Department leader: Univ. Prof. Erik Reimhult

Deputies: Univ. Prof. José Luis Toca-Herrera and Univ. Prof. Eva-Kathrin Sinner

  1. Forschungssprecher (Rsearch representative): ao. Prof. Dietmar Pum and DL. Univ. Prof. Erik Reimhult
  2. Administrative office (Büro): Dieter Jäger
  3. Teaching (Lehrsprecher): Univ. Prof. José Toca-Herrera and ao. Univ. Prof. Christina Schäffer
  4. IT (EDV): ao. Univ. Prof. Dietmar Pum (Biophysik), Dr. Peter van Oostrum (BIMat) and Dr. Darren Tan (Bioarch)
  5. Safety (Sicherheit): Univ. Prof. Eva Sinner and Univ. Prof. José Toca-Herrera
  6. Fire safety (Brandschutz): Univ. Prof. Dr. Eva Sinner and Harald Mayer
  7. Biological Safety (Biologische Sicherheit) commission: ao. Univ. Prof. Christina Schäffer, ao. Univ. Prof. Paul Messner and Dr. Andrea Koerdt
  8. Chemical lab safety: Dr. Ronald Zirbs
  9. First help (Erste-Hilfe) contact: Harald Mayer
  10. Personnel: DL Univ. Prof. Erik Reimhult  and Univ. Prof. Eva Sinner
  11. Global budget: DL Univ. Prof. Erik Reimhult and Univ. Prof. José Toca-Herrera
  12. Institute budgets: Respective Institute head.
  13. VIBT board (VIBT Steuerrat): DL Univ. Prof. Erik Reimhult and Univ. Prof. Eva Sinner
  14. Department head conference (Departmentleiterkonferenz): DL Univ. Prof. Erik Reimhult, Univ. Prof. José Luis Toca-Herrera and Univ. Prof. Eva Sinner
  15. Internationales Gremium: ao. Prof. Bernhard Schuster and Univ. Prof. Eva Sinner
  16. Common DNBT office desk allocation: Univ. Prof. José Toca-Herrera and Univ. Prof. Eva Sinner
  17. Institute office desk allocation: Respective Institute head.
  18. IGS BioNanoTech: Univ. Prof. Eva Sinner and DL Univ. Prof. Erik Reimhult
  19. VIBT Imaging Center: DL Univ. Prof. Erik Reimhult and Dr. Peter van Oostrum
  20. SAP: Dieter Jäger
  21. Environmental standards (Umweltsschutz) contact: BMA Sonja Zayni and MTA Andrea Scheberl
  22. EHS representative: Dr. Ronald Zirbs