Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna

Althanstraße 14
1090 Vienna

Phone: 0043-1-4277-54701
Fax: 0043-1-4277-9547

Gerhard W. Weber, Univ.-Prof. Dr.

Short Curriculum Vitae

Current Positions

2019-present Full Professor, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Univ. Vienna
2019-present Head of Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Univ. Vienna
2010-present Head of the Core Facility "Vienna Micro-CT Lab" at Univ. Vienna.
2001-present Team leader of the workgroup "Virtual Anthropology" at Univ. Vienna.

Education and Professional Career

2001-2019 Associated Professor, Department of Anthropology, Univ. Vienna
2001 Venia docendi ("Habilitation") for Anthropology
1994-2001 Assistant Professor, Institute of Human Biology, Univ. Vienna
1995 Postdoctoral Fellow, Bowman Gray School of Medicine (Prof. James F. Toole, Neurology) & Wake Forest University (Prof. David Weaver, Anthropology), North Carolina, USA
1982-1991 Ph. D. (Dr. phil.) degree at Univ. Vienna, Supervisor: Prof. Horst Seidler
1981 Austrian Army Service, Tank Battalion 9
1980 Vienna Business School for Economics, general qualification for university entrance

Other Functions and Editorship

2008-2012 Deputy Head of the Department of Anthropology, Univ. Vienna.
2006-2009 Initiator and Coordinator of the "European Virtual Anthropology Network – EVAN" EU FP6 Marie Curie Actions MRTN-CT-2005-019564
2005-2006 Deputy Head of the Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna
2002-present Chief editor of the "digital@rchive of Fossil Hominoids" (Int.Reg.No. VLB 5162563)
1992-1999 Member of the Tyrolean Iceman Research Consortium

Prizes/Awards/Academy memberships

2019 Awarded Full Professorship §99/4 UG at University of Vienna
2017-present Board officer (treasurer) of the European Society for Studying Human Evolution (ESHE)
2013-present Board member of the European Society for Studying Human Evolution (ESHE)
2010-present Board member of the "NESPOS Society" ( )
2009-present Chairman of the "EVAN-Society" ( )
2009 Award for my workgroup Virtual Anthropology by the Faculty of Life Science, UNIVIE
1999 Science Award by the government of Lower Austria

Current Research Interests

Research activities centre on the evolution, growth and development of humans, their ancestors, and their closest relatives. Main focus is the quantitative analysis and comparison of hominoid skulls and teeth using geometric and biomechanical properties.

At the Department of Anthropology Gerhard Weber leads the work group "Virtual Anthropology" (multidisciplinary extension of anthropology into the digital world). Current projects deal with the classification of middle to late Pleistocene hominin material, the reconstruction of fossils, the quantitative description of teeth, the application of Virtual Anthropology in other areas such as archaeology and orthodontics, and the morphometric analyses of historic violins. In addition, he is head of the "Vienna Micro-CT Lab" at the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna. The lab runs an advanced micro-CT device that can handle objects up to the size of skulls and femurs and penetrate dense objects such as fossils. Gerhard Weber is also chairman of the "EVAN-Society" which is the successor of the EU project "EVAN" (EU MRTN-CT-2005-019564, € 3.3 Mio). The society further develops a software to perform shape and form anaylsis and maintains a 3D-archive. He is also chief editor of the "digital@rchive of Fossil Hominoids" (Int.Reg.No. VLB 5162563)

Selected Publications

1. Before the massive modern human dispersal into Eurasia A 55,000-year-old cranium from Manot, Israel (2020) Quaternary Int
2. Evolution 4.0 (2019) profil
3. The earliest modern humans out of Africa. (2018) Science 359 456-459
4. The Qesem Cave hominin material - A morphometric analysis. (2016) Quaternary Int 398, 159-174
5. Levantine cranium from Manot Cave (Israel) foreshadows the first European modern humans. (2015). Nature 520 216-219
6. Virtual Anthropology. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology (2015) 156 22-42
7. Early dispersal of modern humans in Europe and implications for Neanderthal behaviour. (2011) Nature 479, 525-528
8. Virtual anthropology meets biomechanics. (2011) J Biomech 44, 1429-1432
9. Virtual Anthropology - A guide to a new interdisciplinary field (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Dezember 2010


Virtual Anthropology - Introduction into digital 3D-methods, lecture (2 ECTS)
Evolution, lecture (1.5 ECTS)
Applied Statistics for Anthropologists, lecture & lab (9 ECTS)
Virtual Anthropology - 3D Applications and Software, lab (2 ECTS)
Micro-CT and the handling of volume data, lab (2 ECTS)
Hominid Evolution, seminar (2 ECTS)


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