WoBio - Women in Biology

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

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Read a short article on the Women in Biology Initiative and the "Back-to-Research Grant". This article is in German.


Read here about the Initiative and also find full interviews with receivers of the "Back-to-Research" Grant for women and the Women in Biology...

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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: May 7th 2021 at 12:30, via Zoom.