More than 30 experts took part in the cration of "Win in Austria: The History". Here you can find their short biographies in alphabetic order.
Gabriele Burian’s main professional specialisms are language, culture and wine. She has performed a diverse range of roles across all of these areas, including being in charge of communications at the Austrian Wine Marketing Board for a period of several years. She set up a PR agency called “Wein im Wort” in 2018 and has been working for vintners, wine sector representatives and various media ever since. As a fully qualified wine and cheese sommelière, Gabriele Burian also teaches aspiring wine experts and sommeliers at the Vienna Business Development Agency.
Dr. Daniel Deckers
Dr. Daniel Deckers was born in Düsseldorf in 1960 and holds a doctorate in Theology. He is familiar to the readers of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” as the editor of the newspaper’s contemporary affairs section and also writes on matters relating to the Catholic Church under the pen name of D.D. His articles on the history of the culture of wine have been appearing in “Fine” Magazine for many years in a column entitled “Wein und Zeit”. Daniel Deckers has had two works published by C.H. Beck. These are a biography of Pope Francis and “Wein – Geschichte und Genuss”, a study of the history and enjoyment of wine.
Dr. Reinhard Eder
Dr. Reinhard Eder is the current Director of the Higher School of Viticulture and Fruit Production in Klosterneuburg (Austria), a position to which he was appointed in 2013. He was also the Head of the school’s Institute of Chemistry and Microbiology from 2002 to 2013. His other activities and roles include teaching wine chemistry, and he holds lectureships at the Vienna University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences and at the Krems University of Applied Sciences. Dr. Eder has acted as a delegate and specialist in various commissions and expert groups for the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). He is also a member of the Analysis Committee of the International Fruit and Vegetable Juice Association (IFU), President of the Association of Austrian Oenologists and Wine Researchers and Vice Chair of the Klosterneuburg Association of Oenologists and Pomologists. He has received numerous national and international awards for his multifarious contributions.
Dr. Hannes Etzlstorfer
Dr. Hannes Etzlstorfer was born in Upper Austria in 1959. He is an art and cultural historian who has also acted as curator to a number of major culinary and gastronomic exhibitions. These include “Küche der Erinnerung” Exilbibliothek Vienna, 2018), “Ecco il gran desco splende” (Palazzo Ducale Mantova, 2017), “Kosher for…” (Jewish Museum of Vienna), “Brot und Wein” (Lower Austria State Exhibition 2013), “Schmeckt’s” (Klagenfurt City Gallery, 2010), “Das Wunder Wein” (MZM Mistelbach, 2009), “Mahlzeit” (Upper Austria State Exhibition 2009) and “Küchenkunst und Tafelkultur” (Austrian National Library Vienna, 2006).
Professor Herbert Formayer
Professor Herbert Formayer was born in western Styria, where he also grew up. After studying for a degree in Meteorology at the University of Vienna, he went on to gain a doctorate at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences and become a qualified professor in the subject areas of meteorology and climatology. Professor Formayer has been a climate researcher at the Institute for Meteorology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences since 1998. He has been involved in numerous investigations into future climate scenarios in the Alpine region. These have looked at the impacts of climate change in various areas, such as agriculture and forestry, wine quality, winter tourism and the water and energy sector.
Herbert Formayer is a Board Member of the Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA) and Head of Scientific Research for the “StartClim” programme.
He has many academic research publications to his name as well as being the main author of the Austrian Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report (2014) and co-author of three popular science books –“Schwarzbuch Klimawandel” (2005), “Landwirtschaft im Klimawandel” (2009) and “+2 Grad” (2018).
Professor Astrid Forneck
Professor Astrid Forneck is Head of the Institute of Viticulture and Fruit Production at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, where she is engaged in teaching and research and performs a number of other professorial duties such as supervising an international Masters programme in viticulture, oenology and the wine sector. Her main research interest is the stress physiology of the vine, and the work she is conducting in this area aims to develop empirically-based strategies for the wine sector as it faces up to climate change. Astrid Forneck is from a family wine growing business in the Rhineland. She lives in Tulln an der Donau.
Christiane Grohmann was born in Mödling in 1985. She studied Psychology at the University of Vienna and went on to achieve an honours degree in Natural Sciences in 2016. In 2017, she began postgraduate training as a clinical psychologist at the Anton Proksch Institute. She was appointed to a permanent position in the institute’s outpatient treatment programme in 2019 and is also responsible for the cultural programme offered to in-patients.
Dr. Maria Heinrich
Dr. Maria Heinrich was born and bred in Vienna. She studied Geology at the University of Vienna and went on to work for the civil service as a raw materials researcher between 1976 and 2016. She has been looking at the geology of Austria’s wine growing areas in detail since 1995 and has been responsible for numerous studies, maps, articles, training documents, lectures and excursions.
Dr. Andreas Heinrich-Lenz
Dr. Andreas Heinrich-Lenz studied Food Science and Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences. He was involved in beverage analysis from 1992 to 2003, firstly at the Federal Agricultural and Chemical Institute in Vienna and subsequently at its successor organisation, the Federal Office and Research Centre for Agriculture (BFL). Dr. Heinrich-Lenz completed a PhD in the field of wine law. When the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) was founded in 2003, he joined the Institute for Plant Protection Products, where he still works today as a senior expert for risk assessment.
Bernhard Herrman is a historian, a Germanist and the long-standing literary editor of the Austrian television station Ö1. He designs programmes and writes radio features on literature, the visual arts and music. Together with Robert Streibel, Bernhard Herrman is the author of the novel “Der Wein des Vergessens” (Residenz Verlag). This work deals with the aryanisation of the Jewish-owned Sandgrube Estate in Krems in 1938 by the Krems Vintners’ Cooperative, a body which was founded at the same time. Bernhard Herrman is a descendent of Albert Herzog, the administrator of the Sandgrube Estate until 1938. He unearthed all of the correspondence which relates to the Sandgrube aryanisation process and joined forces with Robert Streibel to prepare the story of the case.
Isabella Hödl-Notter was born in Freising in 1990. She studied History at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the École nationale des chartes in Paris, specialising in Bavarian history and the history of the early modern era. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Munich, where she is preparing a dissertation on the economic structure and financial administration of the Duchy of Bavaria in the 16th and 17th centuries. Isabella Hödl-Notter is the author of publications on Bavarian regional and local history and on editorial philology.
Professor Josef Glatt
Professor Josef Glatt comes from a farming and wine growing family in the southern Weinviertel. He completed his upper secondary school leaving certificate at the De La Salle School in the Strebersdorf district of Vienna before going on to study Food Science and Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences. He then gained an MBA in Bordeaux, during which his specialist focus was the wine sector.
Professor Glatt is currently Head of the Wine Department at the Austrian Chamber of Agriculture. He is also Director of the Austrian Winegrowers’ Association, Managing Director of the National Wine Committee and Chief Editor of the specialist journal “Der Winzer”.
Wilhelm Klinger, Managing Director of the AWMB from 2007 to 2019. Willi Klinger can look back on many years of national and international experience in the field of wine marketing. The son of a tavern owner from Upper Austria, he studied Romance Philology in Salzburg (French and Italian) and Drama in Vienna. He learned the wine business “on the job” whilst working for the renowned merchant A.V. Stangl in Salzburg. Willi Klinger was later substantially involved in establishing the Austrian wine retail chain WEIN & CO. He then joined Domäne Wachau (previously known as “Freie Weingärtner Wachau”) as Managing Director, where he performed pioneering work to promote the image of Austrian wine, including on the international stage. From 2000 to 2006, he took responsibility for more than 50 export markets whilst acting as the right-hand man to the cult Italian vintner Angelo Gaja. Willi Klinger has made yet another major contribution towards enhancing viticulture in the country by arranging for the history of wine to be presented in a comprehensive way and in a standard work. Willi Klinger will take over as Managing Director of WEIN & CO with effect from 1 January 2020.
Professor Walter Kutscher
The Austrian oenologist was born in 1953. He studied at the University of Vienna (where he produced a dissertation on the topic of “Marketing pathways in wine growing”). After serving as Managing Director of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, Professor Kutscher took on a number of leading roles with high-profile Austrian marketing organisations.
He has been course director for the sommelier training programme at the Vienna Business Development Agency since 2004. His further fields of activity include Burgenland University of Applied Sciences (sensory perception of wine), the Federal Institute of Viticulture and Fruit Production (Klosterneuburg School of Viticulture) and the Vienna Sommelier Association (Vice President).
Walter Kutscher is actively involved in a variety of academic research studies in his capacity as journalist, writer of books and author of many specialist articles. He was awarded an honorary professorship in 2009.
Erich Landsteiner is an Associate Professor in Economic and Social History at the Institute for Economic and Social History, part of the University of Vienna. He has been researching and teaching at the institute since 1989 and specialises in the late medieval period and early modern era with a particular focus on the history of agriculture. Professor Landsteiner is himself a small-scale wine grower and has contributed numerous studies to the history of viticulture.
Professor Ernst Langthaler
Professor Ernst Langthaler was born in 1965. He is Professor of Social and Economic History at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz and also chairs the Institute for the History of Rural Areas in St. Pölten. Ernst Langthaler was a visiting professor at the Universities of Vienna and Innsbruck and also spent time as a guest researcher at the Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society in Munich. He carries out research into the history of agriculture and nutrition from the 19th to the 21st centuries and is particularly interested in global retail chains and the impact they have at a regional level.
Alexander Lupersböck, born in 1968, was a lateral entrant to the field of wine and ultimately succeeded in turning his hobby into a profession. Following ten years in the wine trade and after completing a course of study at the Austrian Wine Academy, he became a freelance wine writer and lecturer in 2006. He is a regular contributor to wein.pur and has been Head of the Wine Department at GENUSS Magazine since 2018.
Michael Moosbrugger was born in 1966 and was raised in the ski resort of Lech am Arlberg, where his family ran the Relais & Château Hotel Gasthof Post. After completing upper secondary school and an apprenticeship as a machine fitter, he spent two years studying Law, Philosophy, Psychology and Musicology at the University of Salzburg. Once his brother Florian had taken over the family business, Michael Moosbrugger embarked upon a programme of training in the wine sector at the estates managed by Fritz Salomon and Josef Jamek. In 1996, he took over the management of the Schloss Gobelsburg Wine Estate, where he developed the idea of a “barrel on wheels”. This invention laid the foundations for the “dynamic cellar concept” pursued in Gobelsburg, where there is a special emphasis on vinification techniques from the early 19th century.
With Michael Moosbrugger at the helm, the estate has won numerous prestigious awards including ‘Falstaff Weingut des Jahres’, the ‘Golden Glass’ from Sweden and ‘Top 100 Winery of the year’ (Wine & Spirits Magazine, USA).
Michael Moosbrugger has chaired the “Traditionsweingüter Österreich” group since 2006 and has worked on a single vineyard classification model for Austria.
Peter Moser was born in Krems an der Donau in 1961 and comes from a prominent Lower Austrian family of vintners. He has worked as a specialist wine journalist for over 30 years. In 1997, he became Executive Editor of the Wine Department at Falstaff, the leading German language gourmet and wine magazine. Peter Moser has published contributions in numerous international wine media and is a member of various tasting panels both at home and abroad. His work has brought him recognition in the form of awards from a number of different countries.
Dorli Muhr is an Austrian culinary and communications expert. She has been managing the Wine&Partners Marketing Agency, which provides public relations services in the field of wine and food, since 1991. The agency operates at a worldwide level and is well known for the excellent networking connections it enjoys in the high-end wine, tourism and culinary segments.
In addition to this, Dorli Muhr set up a wine estate on the Spitzenberg in Carnuntum in 2002. Just like her agency, this business embraced the very highest quality aspirations from the very outset and she advanced to become one of Austria’s elite vintners within the short space of a few years. Thanks to Dorli Muhr, Austrian red wines have now gained a new international reputation for being fine, elegant, silky and fresh.
Professor Michael Musalek
Professor Michael Musalek has been a consultant physician in Psychiatry and Neurology since 1993 and became a certified court expert for the field of psychiatry in the same year. He obtained a university teaching qualification for every aspect of the discipline of psychiatry in 1990. He was appointed as an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the Medical University of Vienna in 1997. Michael Musalek has been Chief Physician of the Anton Proksch Institute since 2001 and has also acted as the institute’s Medical Director since 2004. He is a Board Member of the Institute for Social Aesthetics and Mental Health at the Sigmund Freud Private University of Vienna and Berlin, President of the Erwin Ringel Institute Foundation Fund and President of the European Society for Aesthetics and Medicine. Michael Musalek has also spent 25 years on the Board of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA). He is a member of the EPA’s Committee on Ethical Issues and Committee for Education and an honorary member of the World Psychiatric Association.
Agnes Newertal was born in Bruck an der Leitha in 1991. She studied Psychology at the University of Klagenfurt and went on to achieve a Masters degree in Natural Sciences in 2017. She commenced her postgraduate training in the same year and has been working as a clinical psychologist at the Anton Proksch Institute since 2019.
Professor Ferdinand Opll
Professor Ferdinand Opll was born in 1950 and studied for a degree in History, German Philology and History of Art from 1969 to 1974. He completed his doctorate at the University of Vienna in 1974 and also trained at the Institute for Austrian Historical Research from 1971 to 1974 before qualifying as a university teacher (Medieval History and Auxiliary Science of History). From 1975 to 1977, he headed the Regesta Imperii Project (reappraising the time of Frederick Barbarossa). He worked for the Vienna City and State Archive between 1977 and 2010 and acted as its Director from 1989 to 2010. Professor Opll has been a freelance academic researcher since 2010.
Josef Pleil trained at the Federal Institute of Viticulture and Fruit Production in Klosterneuburg and at the Ober St. Veit Agrarian Teacher Training School. From 1971 to 1986, he taught at the Mistelbach School of Viticulture, where he was also in charge of the test vineyards.
He was a member of the Council of the Lower Austrian Chamber of Agriculture from 1980 to 2013 and also acted as the chamber’s Vice President between 1986 and 2013. He was President of the Austrian Winegrowers’ Association from 1990 to 2013 and continues to serve this organisation today as its Honorary President. He was a member of the Supervisory Board of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board from the time when the body was founded in 1986 until 2013. Josef Pleil is also a former President of the Klosterneuburg Association of Oenologists and Pomologists (now Honorary President). He chaired the National Wine Committee from its establishment until 2013.
He represents Austria via membership of the following associations and organisations: Consultative Committee at the European Commission in Brussels, COPA-COGECA (European Agricultural Association), Conference of European Wine Growing Regions, delegate to the OIV in Paris.
Dr. Klaus Postmann
Dr. Klaus Postmann holds a PhD in Marketing and Economic and Social History. After gaining a wealth of experience in the international wine business (REWE Austria, AWMB, Johann Kattus, E&J Gallo, VIVA), he set up a marketing and PR agency which provides support to a number of prestigious specialist magazines in the wine and culinary sectors. One of Dr. Postmann’s roles is Editor-in-Chief of the magazine GENUSS. He is also an acknowledged expert in food and beverages. He regularly publishes specialist books for which he has already won multiple awards.
Dr. Peter Rauscher
Dr. Peter Rauscher is a lecturer in Modern History at the University of Vienna. His main research interests are financial, administrative and economic history and Jewish history in Europe during the early modern era, particularly in the Holy Roman Empire and the Habsburg Monarchy.
Since 2010, he has headed the “Donauhandel” project at the Institute for Austrian Historical Research at the University of Vienna. This looks at sources for Austrian economic history from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Dr. Ferdinand Regner
Dr. Ferdinand Regner grew up on a farm which was also involved in wine growing. He studied Food Science and Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna and completed a dissertation entitled: “Using genetic methods to cultivate resistant varieties”. He qualified as a higher education teacher at the Karl Franz University of Graz by producing a paper called: “Modern developments in grape varieties and vine cultivation”. He has taught a course on the biology of the vine since this time. Dr. Regner has been employed at the Federal Institute of Viticulture and Fruit Production in the field of grape cultivation since 1993. He has taught viticulture at the school since 2003.
Some of his specialist high points have been publications on the origin or parenthood of numerous grape varieties, an index of Austrian grape varieties and their clones and authorisation of the Donauriesling, Donauveltliner, Blütenmuskateller and Pinot nova varieties.
Franz G. Rosner
Franz G. Rosner is a research coordinator at the Federal Institute of Viticulture and Fruit Production in Klosterneuburg who specialises in sustainability. He is also the Managing Director of Wein & Obst Klosterneuburg RTD, a separate legal entity based at the institute.
He is the Managing Director of the Klosterneuburg Association of Oenologists and Pomologists and a national environmental expert at the Organisation Internationale de la vigne et du vin in Paris.
Mr. Rosner lectures at the University of Natural Resources and Life Science, the Krems University of Applied Sciences, the Austrian Wine Academy and the Hamburg University of Distance Learning.
Professor Roman Sandgruber
Professor Roman Sandgruber was born in 1947. He studied at the University of Vienna, where he also gained a higher education teaching qualification. He was Professor of Economic and Social History at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz from 1988 to 2015. Professor Sandgruber is a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and President of the Association of Upper Austrian Museums. He has acted as the lead academic researcher for several cultural and historical state exhibitions in Lower and Upper Austria.
Senta Sangestan was born in Vienna in 1989. She studied Psychology at the University of Vienna and went on to achieve an honours degree in Natural Sciences in 2016. She began postgraduate training as a clinical psychologist in 2016. As well as pursuing her professioanl studies, she was a staff member on the “Integrated medical and occupational rehabilitation” project from 2017 to 2019. Senta Sangestan has worked as a clinical psychologist at the Anton Proksch Institute since 2019 and is also the internal coordinator for an alcohol coping project.
Dr. Oliver Scheibenbogen
Dr. Oliver Scheibenbogen was born in Vienna in 1972. He studied Psychology at the University of Vienna and at the University of the Humanities in Liechtenstein. He has worked at the Anton Proksch Institute since 1996 and is now Head of Clinical Psychology and of Creativity and Lifestyle Planning. Oliver Scheibenbogen is also a qualified biofeedback practitioner and teacher and a Board member of the Austrian Society for Biofeedback and Psychophysiology (ÖBfP). From 2009 to 2014, he headed an occupational (re)integration project entitled BRISANT, which aimed to support patients with dependency issues immediately following in-patient treatment. He has acted as Research Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator at the Anton Proksch Institute Academy since 2013. In 2018, he became Deputy Chair of the Institute for Social Aesthetics and Mental Health at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna.
Jürgen Schmücking is a freelance journalist and photographer who works in the fields of wine, spirits and gastronomy. His own convictions and family background have led him to favour a highly organic approach. He publishes articles and columns in the magazines Falstaff, schluck, ORIGINAL, Biorama and slow, the magazine of the Slow Food Movement in Austria. Jürgen Schmücking was formerly in charge of press relations at the BIO AUSTRIA Association, which represents organic wine growers in Austria. He lives with his family in Tyrol.
Professor Viktor Siegl
Professor Viktor Siegl was born in Vienna in 1952. He studied Law and gained his doctorate in Vienna in 1978. He has produced numerous publications on the topic of wine and wine culture, especially for the Austrian journal Vinaria, and is also the author of 26 specialist books thus far (as of 2019).
Professor Siegl is a winner of the Steinfeder Prize awarded by “Vinea Wachau” and has also received an Austrian State Prize for specialist journalism. His honorary professor title was conferred in 2015 in recognition of his services to adult education.
Professor Robert Streibel
Professor Robert Streibel was born in Krems an der Donau in 1959. He studied History amongst other subjects in Vienna and has been Director of the Hietzing Adult Education Centre since 1999. As a historian, he has conducted numerous research projects into National Socialism, Judaism and exile. He has also organised many commemorative events relating to expulsion and resistance under the National Socialist regime. His documentary novels “April in Stein” (2015) and “Der Wein des Vergessens” (2018) have been published by Residenz Verlag.
Dr. Barbara Thuswaldner
Dr. Barbara Thuswaldner is an archaeologist and buildings researcher. She studied Architecture at the Technical University of Vienna, where she produced a degree thesis on a late antique villa settlement in Palestrina. She subsequently completed a dissertation on the so-called Octagon in Ephesus. Between 2003 and 2012, Dr. Thuswaldner was involved in excavation projects, primarily in Ephesus.
She has worked for architectural firms since 2012 and mainly specialises in restoring buildings in accordance with their historical heritage.
Professor Otto H. Urban
Professor Otto H. Urban was born in Vienna in 1953 in Wien and is an Associate Professor of Prehistory at the University of Vienna. He is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute and Honorary President of the Austrian Society for Prehistory and Protohistory. He has led excavation works in Bibracte and Vix (Burgundy), on the Leopoldsberg in Vienna, on the Göttwig, Freinberg, Römerberg and Gründberg in Linz, on the Kulm near Weiz (Styria) and on the Braunsberg near Hainburg.
Michaela Vocelka was born in Vienna in 1968 and studied History and History of Art. From February 2002 until August 2016, she was the Chief Archivist and Head of Academic Research at the National Simon Wiesenthal Archive/Documentation Centre, which is dedicated to Jewish victims of the Nazi regime. Michaela Vocelka is now a freelance historian and author. She is married to Professor Karl Vocelka.
Professor Karl Vocelka
Professor Karl Vocelka was born in Vienna in 1947. He studied at the University of Vienna, where he went on to gain a doctorate and a higher education teaching qualification in Austrian History. He was appointed Associate Professor and retired in 2012. Professor Vocelka has chaired the Institute for History for many years and has managed the academic research for a multitude of exhibitions. He has also curated many exhibitions himself, the most recent examples being Maria Theresa at Schloss Hof and Niederweiden Palace and Brennen für den Glauben at the Museum of Vienna. He has published numerous works on the Habsburgs and on Austrian history. Professor Vocelka is married to Michaela Vocelka.
Professor Andreas Otto Weber
Professor Andreas Otto Weber teaches Bavarian and Franconian history and the history of the Middle Ages and early modern era at the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He is also the Director of the “House of the German East” in Munich, an institution which seeks to preserve German cultural heritage in Eastern Europe and is run by the Bavarian State Ministry of the Family, Labour and Social Affairs. Professor Weber’s writings have made several important contributions to the history of viticulture in Central Europe. In 2012, he published a history of wine growing in Franconia from its beginnings until the year 1800. This work, which was co-authored with Jesko Graf zu Dohna, was the first comprehensive and modern scientific study of a German speaking wine region. Professor Weber is a member of the Research Council of the Society for the History of Wine.
Professor Josef Weiss
Professor Josef Weiss is a retired Director of the Federal Institute of Viticulture and Fruit Production in Klosterneuburg.
He is a former committee member of the Institut International Du Froid (Paris), of the International Federation of Fruit Juice Producers (Paris), of the A.I.J.N. (Brussels) and of the Joint FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission (Geneva).
He is also an honorary member of the M.E.T.E. (Budapest) and Honorary President of the Klosterneuburg Association of Oenologists and Pomologists and of the Association of Austrian Food and Biotechnologists.
Dr. Johann Werfring
Dr. Johann Werfring, is a historian who was born in Sieggraben in 1962. He earned his doctorate in Vienna in 1999 and is the author of numerous publications dealing with the topic of wine and its cultural history. He has written a wine column in the “Wiener Zeitung” for many years, and his works have also appeared in various edited volumes. He has been a reader in Agricultural History at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna since 2000. Together with Manfred Welan, Dr. Werfring initiated a series of “wine dialogue” events at the university, which he also managed for a period of many years. He has been a member of the “Vinaria” Editorial Department since 2006.
Gottfried Wieshammer was born in Schärding in Upper Austria, where he also grew up. He studied Agriculture at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. From 1992 onwards, Gottfried Wieshammer cooperated with numerous research institutes and universities to investigate a range of pedological issues. In 2004, he also began to create soil monoliths, primarily from vineyards in Austria and Slovakia.
Peter Wiltsche was born in 1961. He studied Forestry at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna before qualifying to teach at specialist agricultural and forestry colleges. He has worked at the library of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences since 1996.
He completed a basic training programme in library, information and documentation services in 1999/2000 and went on to manage the User Department until 2008.
Dr. Katharina Winckler
Dr. Katharina Winckler works at the Institute for Medieval Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. She published a book on the “Alps in the Early Middle Ages” before turning her attention to conducting research for an Austrian Science Fund project looking at the eastern Alpine region during the same period. She was then involved with an Austrian Academy of Sciences project called “DPP – Digitising Patterns of Power”, which used digital humanities methods to investigate the development of ecclesiastical territories in early medieval Bavaria. She is currently carrying out research for the “Migration as an Artefact of Scholarly Thought” (financed via the Innovation Fund of the Austrian Academy of Sciences) by examining the migration discourse in ‘learned’ sources from late antiquity and the early Middle Ages.