Message from the Dean

Dear students,

As the newly appointed Dean of the Graduate School, I want to welcome you to the new academic year 2021-2022. As a PhD student, you are the heart and soul of this institution and your expertise from a diverse range of backgrounds contributes to the success of our institute. I am therefore very much looking forward to your upcoming findings and accomplishments!

A warm welcome especially to all the new students starting their PhD journey this year. You are now a part of the dedicated international community of scientists at ISTA and you will soon contribute to the top-notch science carried out at ISTA.

Of course, we all hope that this academic year will offer us an opportunity to resume academic life on campus and allow for many activities to be handled in person. However, our safety and health should remain our priority. Throughout the pandemic, ISTA has had very few cases of COVID-19 on campus and we all want to keep it that way. I want to encourage you to continue being reasonable and responsible and exercise good judgment while interacting with others. Together we should make sure that our campus is as safe as possible, so I strongly encourage you to help minimize the risk to everyone on site. For this, please read and strictly adhere to the instructions summarised on the EHS website and sent out via the regular corona-update emails. For more detailed information, the Graduate School provides students and faculty with the latest advice and guidance on COVID-19.

Happy beginning of the new academic year!

Eva Benkova


Updates on ISTA teaching

Graduate School Guidelines on COVID-19

The Graduate School has issued guidelines on COVID-19. Please find them on this page.


Courses will be taught on-site/online / in a hybrid mode

Each course instructor is free to choose the teaching mode from entirely onsite to entirely online teaching, as well as many hybrid modes, for example, online lectures and in-class recitations. Course instructors decide if they want to make in-class presence mandatory. Please check Moodle for updates.

Graduate school strongly recommends following the 3G rule when coming to classes, as well as wearing masks and keeping safe distance.

ISTA’s largest-ever Graduation Ceremony!

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that the much overdue, in-person Graduation Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 23rd, 2022! We look forward to celebrating our graduates from the past three academic years at what will be ISTA’s largest-ever Graduation Ceremony. The ceremony will also honor the winner of this year’s Outstanding PhD Thesis Award. Following the ceremony, the Graduate School will host a celebratory reception (outdoors, weather permitting). An official invitation will be sent to graduates and their supervisors shortly. Please note that, given the number of graduates, many family members and guests will be required to view the ceremony via a live feed from satellite locations on campus.


If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the GSO: gradschool@ist.ac.at

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