Michael Wimmer grew up in Vienna as the son of the musician Joschy Wimmer and secretary Herta Wimmer. After graduating from the Higher Teaching and Research Institute for the Chemical Industry, he studied music education and concert organ at the then University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna as well as mathematics and chemistry at the University of Vienna. 1972 – 1978 he was a teacher at the Institute for Economic Women’s Professions in Wiener Neustadt as well as organist and choirmaster at the Herz-Jesu-Sühne-Kirche in Vienna-Hernals. From 1978 he founded and directed the Youth and Communication Center “commune” on behalf of the Socialist Youth; from 1981 he was head of several youth centers of the city of Vienna. From 1983 he studied political science with a focus on cultural policy at the University of Vienna. He graduated in 1985 with a master’s degree and in 1987 with a doctorate.
From 1987 he was head of the Austrian Culture Service (ÖKS), which on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Arts sought to promote cultural activities in Austrian schools, which enabled encounters with artists of all genres. After the end of the ÖKS by the black and blue federal government, he founded Educult in 2003 – thinking and acting in culture and education, a cultural and educational policy research and advisory institution with a focus on arts and cultural education and cultural education.
In 2011 he completed his habilitation on cultural policy research at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, where he holds regular lectures on cultural and educational issues. In addition, he teaches at the Institute of Political Science and the Institute of Theater, Film and Media Studies as well as the Institute for Cultural Management and Gender Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Wimmer has been adviser to the Council of Europe under the Evaluation of National Cultural Policies program, UNESCO’s Arts Education (Arts Education World Conferences, Roadmap for Arts Education, Seoul Agenda) and the European Commission (member of the European Expert Network On Culture (EECN), he was a member of the expert group for the introduction of the New Middle School (NMS) for the Federal Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture in Austria.
Habilitation at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna on “Cultural Policy Research”
1985 – 1987
Doctorate with the dissertation “Culture – Work – Technology. On the Change of Theory and Practice in Times of New Technologies ”
1983 – 1985
Magisterium with diploma thesis “Cultural Policy in Austria”
1981 – 1983
Postgraduate University Course Cultural Management at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
1070 – 1977
concert organ and music education at the University of Vienna / mathematics and chemistry at the University of Vienna
1965 – 1970
Higher education and research institute for the chemical industry
- Member of the Scientific Committee of iccpr, the International Conference for Cultural Policy Research
- Member of ENO, European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education
- Member of ACE, European Network for Arts and Cultural Education
- Member of the European Expert Network on Culture of the European Commission