Outreach of the Isotope Physics research group

Guided tours@VERA...

Visit the particle accelerator of the University of Vienna, the Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator (VERA). Contact: see below

Isotope Physics in popular media

Contributions of members of the Isotope Physics Research Group in newspapers, blogs, etc. can be found here.

Kinderuni / Kinderuni on Tour...

Research and science for 7-12 year old children. Curious children share their curiosity with the scientists of the faculty, ask questions and experiment together.


A series of fascinating lectures by scientists for pupils in Viennese schools (upper secondary schools).

Talent internship program at the Isotope Physics group

Interested and talented students can apply for the positions advertised on the FFG internship exchange at the Faculty of Physics and therefore at the research group for Isotope Physics.


Teachers of physics and chemistry can further their education through lectures, demonstration and discussion of apparatus and experiments, study courses, publication of an association journal and training courses.

Video: AMS - Answering Earth's Biggest Questions

Together with Science Animated, we produced a video explaining how accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) and our new ILIAMS setup at VERA at the University of Vienna work! It contains a ton of information including fascinating applications, sampling, chemical processing, and interdisciplinary team discussions. The video was funded by the RADIATE project.

Watch the video via YouTube or ionbeamcenters.eu !

Guided tours@VERA

The research group Isotope Physics offers guided tours for visitor groups to the Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator from Monday to Friday and by prior reservation. A short video of a recorded tour at VERA is available below.

After a short introduction in the lecture hall, the actual tour of the accelerator begins in groups of up to approx. 15 persons; larger groups are divided and guided by two supervisors if possible.

The tour can last 1 - 1.5 hours in total, depending on your wishes.

Since a malfunction of the facility can cause X-rays to be emitted, the accelerator hall is a radiation area according to the general radiation protection regulations. Therefore, we offer participants the possibility to wait outside during the guided tour without giving reasons. In particular, access for juveniles under the age of 18 is only permitted as part of training (e.g. during school excursions) and is generally prohibited for pregnant women. During school tours, however, we shut down the facility and the accelerator hall is then no longer a radiation area. The rules applicable in all laboratory rooms of the University of Vienna, such as the ban on eating, drinking and smoking, which are explained in detail by the supervisor before the tour, must always be observed.


During school vacations and on "window days" there are no guided tours. To register, please download the information sheet/registration form and send it filled in by e-mail to Helga Schmelzer-Vincro at least 14 days before the desired date. We recommend to apply for visits as early as possible, since there is a maximum of two tours per week.

 Isotope Physics in popular media