The Austrian Association for Sociology (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Soziologie, ÖGS), founded in 1950, is the professional association for sociologists in Austria. The ÖGS serves the establishment and development of sociology as a scientific discipline and profession. It offers its members a platform for information and communication about the scientific, professional and practical aspects of a career as a sociologist. In addition, ÖGS is promoting the international networking of sociologists. The ÖGS is member organization of the Federation of Austrian Scientific Societies (VWGÖ), the International Sociological Association (ISA) and the European Sociological Association (ESA), and maintains collaborative agreements with numerous other international organizations. The ÖGS is a nonprofit organization. The legal basis of its activities is the Austrian Federal Law on Associations and the statutes adopted by the General Assembly of the ÖGS.
- Promoting and profiling sociological research and teaching
- Promoting scientific communication among its 500 members
- Publishing the “Austrian Journal of Sociology” (Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, ÖZS)
- Convening the Austrian Sociology Congress (every two years)
- Serving as the umbrella organization for 20 sections currently dedicated to specific research fields of sociology
- Mediating sociological expertise to policymakers and the public
Activities of the ÖGS
ÖGS members can communicate their relevant activities through the website of ÖGS. In addition, they can receive an electronic newsletter delivered directly via email.
The Austrian Journal of Sociology (ÖZS) appears quarterly. Since its launch in 1976, this journal has quickly gained a recognized place among the German-language sociological journals.
Regularly (every two years) the ÖGS organizes the Austrian Sociology Congress. Students can participate at a discounted rate. In 2000, a special congress was held to mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the ÖGS. In 2011, the ÖGS organized the common “three-country congress” together with the German Sociological Association (DGS) and the Swiss Sociological Association (SGS/SSS) – held for the first time in Austria (Innsbruck).
In the sections (area committees), specific fields of sociology are discussed intensively through such events as lectures, smaller working conferences and similar activities.
Who can become a member of the ÖGS?
- Graduates of relevant degree programs and persons in social science occupations
- Students of sociology (reduced fee)
- Interested persons who do not meet these conditions can become supporting members.
Membership Fees and Payment
The annual membership fee for
- full members
– including an online subscription of the ÖZS: 75€
– including an online subscription of the ÖZS: 27€
Bank Austria, IBAN: AT29 12000 00628522500
The sections of the ÖGS are topically specialized networking platforms for sociologists working in Austria. Activities of the sections include the organization of conferences, section meetings, discussion meetings and the publication of anthologies and thematic volumes. The 20 sections of the ÖGS work on topics pertaining to special sociologies and sustain theoretical and methodological discourses. The organizational structure of the sections consists of one or more section speakers and a section council.
If you wish to become active in one of the sections, consult the section speakers or the specified section contacts.