Transfer in teaching

Recently published book chapter:

Spiel, C., Graf, D., Stempfer, L., Schultes, M.-T., & Schober, B. (2020). Transfer in Forschung und Lehre systematisch implementieren – Das Third Mission Strategieprojekt der Universität Wien. In A. Kümmel-Schnur, S. Mühleisen, T. S. Hoffmeister (Hrsg.), Transfer in der Lehre: Zivilgesellschaftliches Engagement als Zumutung oder Chance für die Hochschulen? (Band 5, S. 249 – 266). Transcript Bildungsforschung.


Impact assessment as a challenge

Recently published article:

Spiel, C., Graf, D., Stempfer, L., Holzer, J., Brandt, L., Somoza, V., & Schober, B. (2020). Die dritte Mission von Universitäten – Impact Assessment als Herausforderung. In I.M. Welpe, J. Stumpf-Wollersheim, N. Folger & M. Prenzel (Hrsg.), Leistungsbewertung in Universitäten. DeGruyter.


Transfer workshop at the University of Hamburg

Christiane Spiel, together with Wolfgang Beywl, held a workshop on the topic of transfer at the University of Hamburg from 1.-2.10.2020 (DIGITAL).


Third Mission at the University of Vienna

Recently published article:

Graf, D., Schober, B., Stempfer, L., Somoza, V., & Spiel, C. (2020). Die Third Mission an der Universität Wien. Bulletin VSH-AEU, 46(1), 4–9.




Academia and Social Responsibility: The Third Mission Strategy Project of the University of Vienna

We would like to invite you to a keynote speech by Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Psych. Dr. Barbara Schober at the Winter School - Teacher`s Training Week on the subject of

Academia and Social Responsibility: The Third Mission Strategy Project of the University of Vienna.


Tuesday, Feb 18th 2020, 11:00-12:30


Department for Education
Auditorium 1 (Hörsaal 1)
Sensengasse 3a
1090 Vienna

Invitation to the Teacher's Training Week

Winter School - Teacher's Training Week on Service Learning and Student Engagement

Save the date: February 17th – 21st, 2020

University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

The Winter School intends to give lectures to teachers and educators in higher education with or without experience in the Service Learning Methodology. The University of Vienna hosts an intensive training about Service Learning and other methodologies to embrace student engagement at university level.

Programme and Application

DACH convention 2019

How do universities affect society? Research-based transfer and knowledge exchange

We would like to draw your attention to the trilateral conference of the Austrian, German and Swiss university associations with the main topic "Third Mission at Universities" and are looking forward to a lively participation!

(Organization and host: Austrian University Professors' Association UPV)

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019

Start: 9:30 am

Location: Great Festival Hall of the University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna

You can find the program (German) under the following link.



Capacity Building for Sustainable Development: Coherent Concepts of Universities' Third Mission as a Parameter. 

Recently published book chapter

Brandt, L., Schober, B., Somoza, V. & Spiel, C. (2018). Capacity Building for Sustainable Development: Coherent Concepts of Universities' Third Mission as a Parameter. In Suman Verma & Anne C. Petersen (Eds), Developmental Science and Sustainable Development Goals for Children and Youth (391-406). Cham: Springer.

 The link to the Online Ressource is available here.


Die Lifelong Learning Universität der Zukunft

Recently published book chapter

Brandt, L., Holzer, J., Schober, B., Somoza, V., & Spiel, C. (2018). Die systematische Verankerung der Third Mission an Hochschulen – Der motivationspsychologische Ansatz der Universität Wien [Systematic implementation of the Third Mission at universities – the motivational-psychological approach of the University of Vienna]. In K. Resch, E. Gornik & N. Tomaschek (Eds.), Die Lifelong Learning Universität der Zukunft. Institutionelle Standpunkte aus der wissenschaftlichen Weiterbildung. Waxmann Verlag.

This book is also available as an e-book. Click here for further information about the ordering process.


Recently published:

Brandt, L., Schober, B., Schultes, M., Somoza, V., & Spiel, C. (2018). Supporting Third Mission activities at Universities: Deans' opinions and recommendations. Zeitschrift Für Hochschulentwicklung, 13(2), 21-40. doi:10.3217/zfhe-13-02/02

Universities are increasingly required to address societal challenges in teaching and research as their third mission (TM). We took an educational-psychological approach to assessing parameters which support university members in setting goals and taking action for TM activities. For that purpose, we conducted semi-structured qualitative interviews with the deans of all 19 faculties at the University of Vienna assessing opinions and recommendations related to the TM. In addition, we conducted interviews with 23 TM actors and a university-wide online survey to capture current TM activities. Key requirements for implementing the TM were improved visibility and explicit appreciation of related activities.


13. Conference of the Austrian Society for Psychology

At the 13th meeting of the ÖGP (12.-14.04. 2018) Christiane Spiel gave a position lecture entitled "Transfer as Third Mission of Universities: The psychological-action-oriented approach at the University of Vienna".

Click here for the program overview of the conference (German version).

Ö1 - Salzburger Nachtstudio

Ö1 Salzburger Nachtstudio 13.12.2017, 21:00

From the lecture hall to the market place - The mission "Knowledge Transfer" of the University of Vienna

Design: Martin Bernhofer

The "Salzburger Nachtstudio" will present model projects of this initiative on 13.12.2017 from 9:00 pm and enquire about unusual challenges and hurdles researchers have to overcome. The broad spectrum ranges from the commitment of nursing science to "young carers", caring children and adolescents, unconventional ideas for teaching training all the way to the establishment of a legal education in Bhutan within the framework of Austrian Development Cooperation.


Third Mission of the University of Vienna

We invite you to the Third Mission Conference, where we will present the current status of the project "Third Mission of the University of Vienna" as well as its embedding in developments at universities in German-speaking countries.


Date: 27.11.2017

Time: 4:00-7:00 pm including a get-together & buffet

Location: Sky Lounge of the University of Vienna (Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Wien)

For further reading :

Isabel Roessler (Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung, Gütersloh) - Third Mission from an international perspective (German) 

Barbara Schober & Laura Brandt (Third Mission Team) - Current status of the project "Third Mission of the University of Vienna" (German)

Conference in Barcelona September 22, 2017

Universities' Social Responsibility

The 1st European USR-Conference focuses on strategic perspectives on universities' social responsibility (USR), reporting and accounting on USR as well as good USR practices, including three contributions from Austria.


Registration form

Keynote at the "Erasmus+ Day", 10.05.2017

Education beyond teaching: Third mission of universities

Erasmus is well known for students' mobility and its contribution to the European idea. Less known is the fact that under the label Erasmus+ the European Commission is an important promoter of international cooperation for many different educational projects: For instance the development of new curricula, learning and teaching materials and the modernization of higher education infrastructure and systems. But there are also programs to promote the European idea and help refugees to continue their education, especially at the university level.

Many of these things are now also known as the Third Mission of Universities and this evening should celebrate the Erasmus idea but also discuss critically the role of Universities and their societal responsibilities.

Continue reading

Press meeting, 15. December

Research for and with society - Third Mission at the University of Vienna

On the occasion of its 650th anniversary, the University of Vienna demonstrated the relevance and benefits of research and teaching for the further development of society and for the education of future generations. The anniversary not only created identity, it also brought the University of Vienna closer to society and economy. As a consistent continuation of this initiative, the Rectorate has commissioned a project team to systematically survey existing Third Mission activities in order to formulate a strategy for the coming years. Further reading (German)

Wissen Aktuell, Thu, 15.12.2016, 1.55 pm, Thu, 15.12.2016:


1. Interim report

First interim report of the project

At large and heterogeneous universities such as the University of Vienna, many employees are usually involved in Third Mission activities. However, these are often little known, not systematically documented and hardly networked. Against this background, the project "Third Mission of the University of Vienna" was commissioned by the Rectorate (project duration: March 2016 - February 2018). The starting point was the University of Vienna's clear commitment to the Third Mission in the development plan (German) 2020.

The first interim report of the project is available here: interim report (German) 2016

uniMind│Annual event

"Society in change"

The Postgraduate Center of the University of Vienna invites you to the completion of the fifth project year of „University Meets Industry“.

With the uniMind|Annual event (20. September 2016), the "University Meets Industry" project closes its fifth year. Scientists, individuals from companies and social institutions, from politics and administration as well as advanced students dedicated themselves in interactive workshops and lectures to the topic "Society in Change" in different contexts. More

Tuesday, 20. September 2016, from 5.30 pm

Sky Lounge
Oskar Morgenstern-Platz 1
1090 Wien

Dario Untedorfer, MA
T +43 (1) 4277 10811