Two JKU Researchers Presented with Their Venia Legendi/Habilitation Certificates

Vice-Rector Christopher Lindinger presented Johannes Reichl and Klemens Kaps with their respective venia legendi/habilitation certificates.

V.l.: Johannes Reichl, Christopher Lindinger
V.l.: Johannes Reichl, Christopher Lindinger

Johannes Reichl (Energy Institute) was presented with his habilitation/post-doc certificate in the subject area of "Econometrics". Each chapter of his seven-chapter habilitation dissertation not only focused on one research topic relating to the EU’s energy policy measures, but also provided an analysis of these measures by developing and applying specific econometric methods.

Klemens Kaps (Institute for Social and Economic History) completed his habilitation/post-doc in the area of "Economic and Social History". His paper titled "Habsburg maritim. Kaufleute, Politische Ökonomie und Güterketten zwischen Zentraleuropa und dem Spanischen Atlantik im 18. Jahrhundert" focused on Central Europe’s involvement in global processes of economic interdependence in the Atlantic region during the 18th century.

Those pursuing a habilitation/post-doc undergo an academic evaluation in regard to special qualifications that proves their ability to independently conduct academic/scientific research and teach the entire depth and breadth of their selected subject area [facultas docendi], This, in turn, is the prerequisite to grant authorization to teach that particular subject area [venia legendi].

About Johannes Reichl

Johannes Reichl is a project manager at the Energy Institute at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. He earned his PhD in Statistics at the JKU in 2009. His research focuses on developing tools and methods to better understand the role of households and the economic impact new technologies have when it comes to the energy sector. Johannes Reichl is currently leading the EU H2020 research projects "establishing Community Renewable Energy Webs" (eCREW) and "Citizens Acting on Mitigation Pathways through Active Implementation of a Goal-setting Network" (CAMPAIGNers) and is a lead software developer of, opens an external URL in a new window, software that provides an estimate of economic damages resulting from power outages in the European power grid.

About Klemens Kaps

Klemens Kaps studied history, philosophy, and political science at the University of Vienna and at the Universitat de Barcelona in 2002/2003 as part of an ERASMUS scholarship. He worked as a journalist and completed the FWF-funded PhD program "Das österreichische Galizien und sein multikulturelles Erbe" with honors and distinction. Kaps was a recipient of the FWF’s Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship and the ERC’s Marie Curie Actions grant and after working as a research associate at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville (2011-2015) and at the University of Vienna (2016-2018), he came to JKU in 2018 and has been here ever since. He is also a member of the editorial board for the Zeitschrift für Weltgeschichte.