March for Science, April 22, 2017

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. 

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)


Upcoming meetings

Network Meeting

October 6, 2017, 14:00, Seminar Room Marine Biology

Next Role Model Seminar

June 30th 2017, 15:30, Seminar Room Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics:

Dr. Cornelia Welte, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL 

please register here, subject line: guest; rolemodelseminar(a)gmx.at!

Next Workshop

November 9-10, 2017