VDSEE Annual Retreat: 5-6 October 2023

We are pleased to invite the VDSEE members to our Annual Retreat in Seitenstetten (Lower Austria).

We are planning an exciting program and look forward to meeting you.

Please note that the retreat is limited to 88 participants, spots are given on a first come, first served basis.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that there will be childcare for kids of all ages, we will discuss this with those who are planning to bring children.

Registration is now closed

To join the waiting list email docschool.vdsee@univie.ac.at

VDSEE covers:

  • one night in Stift Seitenstetten
  • transfer Vienna - Seitenstetten
  • all meals
  • workshop and social program

Please note: Retreat days are not subtracted from your annual vacation days!


  • Start: Thursday, 05 October 2023 (morning)
  • End: Friday, 06 October 2023 (afternoon/early evening)
  • Organized transfer to/from retreat location


  • Seitenstetten, Lower Austria



  • Details on the program will be announced soon!


  • 2 ECTS for participation in retreat


  • Free of charge! Costs of bus transfers, overnight stay in Stift Seitenstetten, all meals and group activities are covered by VDSEE

Stift Seitenstetten © www.stift-seitenstetten.at

Retreat program

Thursday 05 October 2023

08:00 Departure UBB Vienna with organized bus transfer

10:15 After arrival: Coffee and snacks

10:40-10:45 Welcome greetings

10:45-11:30 SAB-talks from Marianne Holmer and Nicolas Gompel

11:30 Access rooms

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:10-13:50 Getting to know each other - Ice-breaker

14:00-14:45 SAB-talks from Carina Schlebusch and Bernd Blasius

14:45-16:30 Socializing/free-time/activities (choose your preference): Tour at Stift Seitenstetten, afternoon hike, outdoor games. Please note: Pre-registration for the tour is required.

16:00-16:45 Coffee and snacks

16:45-18:30 Workshop by Greenlabs

19:00-20:30 Dinner

21:00 Pubquiz, afterrwards: Socializing


Friday 06 October 2023

07:00-09:00 Breakfast, Check-out until 09:00

09:15-09:45 Updates from VDSEE

09:45-10:00 Coffee and snacks

10:00-12:30 Workshop: Communicating Science to Society by Andrea Schikowitz

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:40 Goodbye and group picture

14:00 Returning to Vienna by organized bus transfer (estimated arrival time: 16:30)