The Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science (CMESS) addresses key scientific disciplines of the 21st century with enormous potential for synergy across disciplines. It has been established by the University of Vienna in 2019 as an organisational unit with full faculty status hosting four research divisions: the Division of Computational Systems Biology (CUBE), the Division of Microbial Ecology (DOME), the Division of Environmental Geosciences (EDGE) and the Division of Terrestrial Ecosystem Research (TER).

The Centre is dedicated to conducting excellent research at an internationally leading level. Researchers at CMESS develop cutting-edge methods for structure-function analyses of microbial communities in environmental and medical systems. They perform functional microbiome research to obtain a comprehensive understanding of host-microbe interactions, which also offers exciting opportunities for prophylaxis, diagnosis and treatment of many diseases. They investigate the role of microbial communities for the functioning of complex ecological systems as well as the impact of human activities on environmental systems in a changing world. This understanding can be used to solve some of the most pressing environmental and medical problems of today and tomorrow.

You may explore more information on the CMESS, its research areas, facilities, and faculty on the centre’s website and in the current CMESS report.