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Ao.Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.nat.techn. Harald Vacik

Institute of Silviculture
Peter-Jordan-Straße 82, 1190 Wien
Tel: +43 1 47654-91312


ORCID: 0000-0002-5668-6967

Curr. Vitae

2018 - Research activities and visists at the Faculty of Forest and Wood Sciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS)
2017 - 2017 Research and Teaching visit at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu
2017 - Coordinator of International Masterstudy program Msc European Forestry - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
2016 - 2016 Teaching at Kyrgyz National Agricultural University (Kyrgyzstan)
2014 - Coordinator of Masterstudy program Forest Sciences - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
2005 - 2005 Teaching at the Georg-August Universität Göttingen (Germany) in the course of a Sokrates/Erasmus-mobility scholarship
2005 - 2005 teaching at the an der Methodius University in Skopje (Macedonia) in the course of the scholarship for "Supports to the Higher Education at the SS.Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje"
2005 - Habilitation in Silviculture, Institute of Silviculture, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
2002 - Quality Systems Manager ISO 9001/2000, Quality Austria
2001 - Master of Advanced Studies in Geographical Information Science and Systems MAS(GIS), University of Salzburg
1999 - Master of Advanced Studies in Geographical Information Science (GIS), ZGIS, University of Salzburg
1999 - achievement of academical degree "Doktor der Bodenkultur"
1996- - Assistant Professor, Institute of Silviculture, University of Agricultural Sciences, Vienna
1994 - Diploma, University of Agricultural Sciences, Vienna
1993-1994 - Research assistant, Institute of Silviculture, University of Agricultural Sciences, Vienna

Statistik Austria, science classification

information and data processing; geographic information systems (GIS); forestry; silviculture; operations research; quality management;


multi-criteria decision making; nature conservation; biodiversity; silvicultural planning and decision making; dead wood; decision support systems; Knowledge Management; Fire Management; Forest Ecosystem Services;


2010 Stiftung 120 Jahre Universität für Bodenkultur – Analyse von Generhaltungswäldern der Eibe (Taxus baccata L.) in Österreich
2001 Besondere Leistungsprämie für das Engagement und die Durchführung der Lehre am Institut für Waldbau und für die Entwicklung und Betreuung des multimedialen Lern- und Informationssystems COCOON

Appointments/Memberships in Professional Societies

2018 -2023 Commission for Geographic Information Science at the Austrian Academy of Sciences
member of the commisson
2013 - Community of Practice on Forest Management Decision Support Systems
2009 - Partner of Center for Development Research (CDR)
2009 - Sub-Regional Euro-Alpine Wildland Fire Network of the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) - Eastern Node
mandate as expert
2006 - IUFRO Division 4.03.03 Information management and information technologies
deputy head

Editorial board appointments for scientific journals

2016 -2017 Forests: "Decision Support Approaches in Adaptive Forest Management"
Guest Editor (Special Issue)
2014 - Current Forestry Reports: Sub-Editor for "Forest Management"
Editorial Board Member
2014 -2015 Forests: Providing Ecosystem Services under Climate Change: Community of Practice of Forest Decision Support
Guest Editor (Special Issue)
2013 - International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics:
Editorial Board Member
2013 -2014 Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research: Guesteditor SI Decision Support Systems in Forest Management
Guest Editor (Special Issue)
2007 -2007 Forst und Holz: Sondernummer 4/07: Forstliche Nichtholzressourcen
Guest Editor (Special Issue)
2007 -2007 Forst und Holz: Sondernummer 9/07 und 12/07: Entscheidungen treffen - Decision Support Systems
Guest Editor (Special Issue)
2007 -2007 Forest Ecology and Management: Meeting the challenges of process-oriented management - Outcomes of the e-Conference "ForwardFORESTs
Guest Editor (Special Issue)
2005 -2005 Computers and Electronics in agriculture: Decision Support Systems for Forest Management
Guest Editor (Special Issue)

Reviewer for scientific journals

2016 -2017 GAIA. Ökologische Perspektiven für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft. Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society
2012 - Silva Fennica
2012 -2014 Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research
2012 - Ecological Economics
2009 -2014 Die Bodenkultur: Austrian journal of agricultural research
2009 - Ecological Modelling
2009 - The Open Forest Science Journal
2008 - European Journal of Forest Research
2008 - Environmental Modelling & Software
2006 - Forestry
2006 - European Journal of operational Research
2004 - Computers and Electronics in agriculture
2003 -2017 Canadian Journal of Forest Research
2003 - Journal of Environmental Management
2003 - Austrian Journal of Forest Sciences
2003 - Forest Ecology and Management
2002 - Biodiversity and Conservation
2000 - Forstarchiv

Reviewer/Expert funding organizations

2017 - FWO Research Foundation Flanders - Belgium
2015 - Central Internal Grant Agency of the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague - Czech Republic
2012 -2012 Jubiläumsfonds der Österreichischen Nationalbank - Austria
2009 - Schweizer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung - Switzerland
2009 - Tiroler Wissenschaftsfonds Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung, Abteilung Bildung - Austria
2003 - ÖAD - Österreischischer Austauschdienst - Austria

Organizer of scientific conferences, Chairs

2016 Tropentag 2016: Solidarity in a competing world — fair use of resources; September 18 - 21, 2016,
Member of the Organisation Committee
2015 ICDSST 2016 - EWG-DSS 2016 - International Conference on Decision Support System Technology - The use of DSS in forest resources management and policy analysis
2014 Community of practice of forest management decision support systems -Providing Ecosystem Services under Climate Change, XXIV IUFRO World Congress 2014 Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research
Chair (Session)
2013 FORSYS 2013 – International conference on Decision support systems for Sustainable Forest Management
Member of the Organisation Committee
2012 FORSYS Training School on Decision Support Systems for Sustainable Forest Management, 16.09-21.09.2012, Vienna, Austria
2012 1st International Scientific Conference 2012 "Implementation of DSS Tools into the Forestry Practice", Sliac, Slovakia, 10-13 May 2012
Member of the Organisation Committee
2010 DSFM 2010 - Workshop on Decision Support Systems in Sustainable Forest Management - Experiences and Perspectives Lisbon, 19-21 April 2010
Member of the Organisation Committee
2009 The Silver fir (Abies alba Mill.) and its relatives in Europe: current status and future perspective
Chair (Session)
2007 Planungsgrundlagen für den multifunktionalen Forstbetrieb
Member of the Organisation Committee
2007 The Contribution of Mountain Forestry to Environmental Improvement – Developing Networks for Research and Teaching, Evening Session at EcoSummit 2007 - Ecological Complexity and Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for 21st-Century's Ecology
Chair (Session)
2006 Forest and Water Management in Central and Eastern Europe - Transnational land-use management and monitoring, DynamicDATA EU25+ Regional Workshop I, Dresden
2004 ForwardFORESTs international conference about Ecological, Technological, Environmental and Societal Aspects of a Future Capable Forestry Crossing European Borders,
2002 Decision support for multiple purpose forestry
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