Women in Biology Initiative

In 2015, the University of Vienna celebrated its 650th anniversary. We women in biology took this occasion to evaluate our current situation. The alarming data then led to the founding of the initiative.

download poster 2015

Mission Statement

Female scientists are currently underrepresented at the Faculty of Life Sciences, particularly in Biology. The Women in Biology Initiative seeks to understand the underlying causes and to support the careers of female scientists at all levels, from students to professors. Our vision is to equalize the female-male employment status and leadership at the Faculty. 

News & Events


Tuesday, 29.05.2018, 16:15 Lecture Hall 2, UZA 1

Prof. Dipl.-Psych. Dr. Barbara Schober from the Faculty of Psychology at University of Vienna will...


Am 26. Mai 14:30 - 16:00 around the Ring, Wien


We are pleased to announce the first Unconscious Bias Training Workshop at the University of Vienna.

This is a pilot project by the Women in Biology...


Why women leave science...

[German Article]

Status Quo

Our latest data show, that female biology students clearly dominate. Still 50% of the graduating PhD students are females. Employments, however, dramatically decrease from postdoc to professor level. Among the full professors at our faculty, only 10% are female, 90% are male.

Biology at University of Vienna (student data WS 2015/SS 2016; employment data March, 2017; absolute counts per category in brackets, gender proportion in percent)

More Articles

Faculty Research News

Click here to read an article on the Women in Biology Initiative in the faculty research news (English and German). Here you also find full interviews with receivers of the "Back-to-Research" Grant for women and the Women in Biology Initiative.


Uni:view Magazine

Click here to read a shortened article about the "Back-to-Research" Grant for women and the Women in Biology Initiative (unfortunately this article exists only in German).

March for Science, April 22, 2017

Upcoming meetings

Friday June 8, 2018, 14:30, Seminar Room Marine Biology

Friday June 22, 2018, 14:30, Seminar Room Marine Biology

After June 22 we go into the summer break...and get together again in October