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Dr. Axel BORSDORF Professor, Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck; Director, Institute of Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Innsbruck

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1968-1974 Geography, Geology, and German studies, plus pre- and early history at the universities of Göttingen, Valdivia/Chile and Tübingen. Academic teaching certificate for secondary schools. 1976 DPhil. in Tübingen (geography major, geology and German studies minor), thesis Valdivia und Osorno. Strukturelle Disparitäten in chilenischen Mittelstädten, published in the series Tübinger Geographische Studien 1974-1980 Academic assistant to the chair of Prof. Wilhelmy in Tübingen 1980-1991 Akademischer Rat at the Dept. of Geography in Tübingen 1984 Habilitation (post-doc thesis), Grenzen und Möglichkeiten der räumlichen Entwicklung Westpatagoniens published in the series Acta Humboldtiana, Franz-Steiner Verlag, Wiesbaden. Venia legendi for the entire subject range of geography 1986 Guest professorship at the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon, Eugene 1991 Appointment to the Chair of Geography at the University of Innsbruck (successor to Prof. Leidlmair) 1994 Corresponding member, 1995 active Full Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences 1999 Director of the ISR (Institute for Urban and Regional Research) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences since 2006 Director of the Research Unit of Mountain Research: Man and Environment (now Institute of Interdisciplinary Mountain Research) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, at Innsbruck

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