Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution

The Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution is devoted to educating students in advancing our knowledge on the ecology and evolution of extant and ancestral organisms, populations and communities. In Ecology, the ambition is to better understand the mechanistic and evolutionary drivers of patterns and processes from gene regulation to the structure and function of ecosystems and the impact of communities on the biogeochemical cycles and their adaptive capacity in response to environmental change. In Evolution, we address the evolutionary processes leading to changes in organization and temporal dynamics of organisms, populations and species at the molecular, developmental, morphological and physiological level.

"We welcome highly motivated PhD candidates, who share the enthusiasm and spirit of our Doctoral School to provide scientific answers to global challenges in ecology and evolution under changing environmental conditions. Our Doctoral School provides excellent conditions and an intellectual environment that allows realizing international competitive research."

Gerhard J. Herndl, Head of the Vienna Doctoral School Ecology and Evolution

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 Welcome Message by Jean-Robert Tyran, Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs

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Monday, 06. December 2021, 15:00 - 18:00, online.

Our Faculty’s newly appointed professors will enter into an engaging and stimulating dialogue in form of an online conference followed by a virtual get together. Participating VDSEE PI members are Tom Higham, Martin Kuhlwilm, Tim Wollesen, Steffen Waldherr and Katerina Douka.


Published by univie Blog

12 Articles on the subject of studying remotely: many tips on topics such as "Working successfully in study groups", "Succeeding in online presentations" among others.


Der Österreichische Biodiversitätsrat, bestehend u.a. aus Uni Wien Wissenschafter*innen, hat die Biodiversitätspolitik evaluiert. In einer Pressemeldung appelliert er: "International andocken und rasch ins Handeln kommen."


Foreign species, often introduced by humans, cause enormous damage in Europe every year. Their spread can have negative effects on local biodiversity and is accelerated by climate change.


The next presentations at the faculty will take place online on 10 December 2021, 11:00 to 14:30 Vienna time. Five VDSEE doctoral/PhD students in their first year will present publicly their research projects. Zoom


The Web of Science Group released the "Highly Cited Researchers™ list from Clarivate™" on 16th November 2021. Scientific papers published and cited between 2010 and 2020 have been used for the analysis.

Methodology, Clarivate™ at

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