Michael Wimmer grew up in Vienna as the son of the musician Joschy Wimmer and the 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 University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, as well as mathematics and chemistry at the University of Vienna. From 1972 to 1978 he was a teacher Institute for Economic Women’s Professions in Wiener Neustadt as well as organist and choirmaster at the Herz-Jesu-Sühne-Kirche in Vienna-Hernals. 1978 he founded and directed the youth and communication centre “commune” on behalf of the Socialist Youth; from 1981 he was house director of several youth centres in the city of Vienna. From 1983 he studied political science with a focus on cultural policy at the University of Vienna. He graduated with a master’s degree in 1985 and a doctorate in 1987.
From 1987 he was the director of the Austrian Culture Service (ÖKS), which was commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Education and the Arts to promote cultural activities in Austrian schools, enabling encounters with artists of all disciplines. After the termination of ÖKS by the black-blue federal government, he founded “EDUCULT – Institute of Cultural Policy and Cultural Management” in 2003, a cultural and educational policy research and consulting institution focusing on art mediation.
In 2011 he habilitated on cultural policy research at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, where he regularly teaches courses on cultural and educational policy issues. He also teaches at the Institute for Political Science and the Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Studies, as well as at the Institute for Cultural Management and Gender Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Wimmer has worked for the Council of Europe in the framework of the program “Evaluation of National Cultural Policies”, for UNESCO on the topic of Arts Education (Arts Education World Conferences; Roadmap for Arts Education; Seoul Agenda) as well as for the European Commission (member of the European Expert Network on Culture (EECN). For the Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, he was a member of the expert group on the introduction of the New Middle School (NMS).
Education and Training
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