The University of Graz, which was founded in 1585, is Austria’s second oldest university and one of the largest in the country. Many excellent scientists, amongst them six Nobel laureates, have taught and researched here.With 31,000 students and 4,300 employees the University of Graz contributes significantly to the vibrating life of the Styrian capital. Its location in Europe encourages a lively scientific, economic and cultural exchange with South-East Europe, from which not only the city benefits, but also its educational institutions. The Department of Geography and Regional Science acts on a broad range of research activities in physical geography, human geography, geospatial technologies and geographical education, with a particular focus on human-environment relations. Research foci of the department include mountain and polar research, climate change and its consequences on landscape, water and society; urban sustainability and regional development as well as the spatial organisation of economic circulation from local to global dimensions.