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.

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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

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Film screening and panel discussions March 7-14 via online stream

On the occasion of International Women’s Day we celebrate female scientists with a...


The talented female researcher, Dr. Lisa Horn-Péter from the department of Behavioral and Cognitive Biology received one of the prestigious Marie...


"Reproductive ecology of tropical frogs"

Friday, 5th of June 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Messerli Research Institute, Univ. of Veterinary Medicine



“Cell Biology in Crop Seeds”

Thursday, 4th of June 2020, 3:00 p.m.

Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, Molecular Systems Biology University of...


Eva K Fischer

Tuesday, 17th of March 2020 10:00-11:00

Seminar room Cognitive Biology


Dr. nat. techn. Katarzyna Retzer

6th March 2020, 12:30

Seminar Room Marine Biology in UZA 1


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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

Next meeting: March 12th 2021 at 12:30, via Zoom.