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. 

Upcoming meetings

The WoBio check-in meeting will be Friday, September 30 at 12:30. We will meet in person in the University Biology Building, 5th floor, meeting room 5.021. We look forward to seeing you!

For other events, you can also check our Events page.



News & Events


For Gregor Johann Mendel's 200th anniversary, WoBios Barbara Fischer and Lynn Chiu organize a public symposium titled "Mendel's Legacy in Science and...


Summer 2022 was full of recognition for our excellent women scientists at the University of Vienna with many prizes and awards.


A family room is now available at the UBB! A quiet place open to all students and employees with children.


New puplication of WoBio member Ingeborg Lang and first author Maryam Alsadat Zekri


Confocal microscopy reveals alterations of thylakoids in...


Élodie F. Briefer

April 16th 2021, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. via Zoom


Why do chimpanzees possess the same pelvic sex differences as humans despite having much easier births?

Barbara Fischer from the University of...

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. In 2017, among the full professors at our faculty, only 10% were female, whereas 90% were 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)