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Katharina Bastl
Mag. Dr. Katharina Bastl

Department of Otorhinolaryngology
Position: Research Assistant

ORCID: 0000-0002-8200-9708
T +43 1 40400 33380

Further Information


Forecasting; Pollen; Pollen Allergy

Research group(s)

Research interests

My research interests lie on the relationship of onset and development of symptoms to environmental factors (e.g. the pollen load), improvement of pollen forecasts for the public and phenology as essential part of pollen monitoring.

Techniques, methods & infrastructure

We apply standard light microscopy to determine and count pollen and spores from aerobiological samples. I also have experience in microwear analysis (light microscope), phenological monitoring and forecasting (pollen forecasts).

Selected publications

  1. Bastl, K. et al., 2018. The connection of pollen concentrations and crowd-sourced symptom data: new insights from daily and seasonal symptom load index data from 2013 to 2017 in Vienna. World Allergy Organization Journal, 11(1). Available at:
  2. Bastl, K., Kmenta, M. & Berger, U.E., 2018. Defining Pollen Seasons: Background and Recommendations. Current Allergy and Asthma Reports, 18(12). Available at:
  3. Bastl, K. et al., 2016. The medical and scientific responsibility of pollen information services. Wiener klinische Wochenschrift, 129(1-2), pp.70-74. Available at:
  4. Bastl, K., Kmenta, M. & Berger, U., 2015. Unusually early flowering of alder in Vienna: first report of Alnus × spaethii in Austria, combined LM and SEM study of alder species and impact on pollen allergy sufferers. Aerobiologia, 31(4), pp.515-524. Available at:
  5. Kmenta, M. et al., 2013. Development of personal pollen information the next generation of pollen information and a step forward for hay fever sufferers. International Journal of Biometeorology, 58(8), pp.1721-1726. Available at: