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.

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"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 2020-2023


Opened in 1889, the NHM Vienna is one of the most important natural history museums in the world, with around 30 million objects and more than 841,800 visitors a year.

WasserCluster Lunz is a non-profit research center equally supported by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU Vienna), the University for Continuing Education Krems, and the University of Vienna.

The La Gamba Field Station is a research and teaching facility of the University of Vienna, situated at the edge of the Regenwald der Österreicher (Rainforest of the Austrians) in Costa Rica.

Non-profit organization rooted at the University of Vienna and founded to support and develop sustainable life science practices.

Initiative of female scientists. Support the careers of female scientist & equalize the female-male employment status at the faculty of life science at the University of Vienna.

Our Calendar



One of our PhD students details her IMPACT award winning project exploring the gland system of the freshwater snail Latia neritoides which could have...

01.12.2023 17:00

We are excited to announce the VDSEE Christmas party will be held on the 1st of December. This year we are joining with CoBeNe and MES. We would like...


The Erasmus+ Short-Term PhD Mobility offers PhD students financial support for short stays (funding period 5 to 14 days) at European universities,...


Diesmal führt unser Roadtrip an den westlichsten Steppensee Europas. Inmitten des Nationalparks Neusiedler See-Seewinkel erforschen Geoökologe Stephan...

10.10.2023 17:00

Every year, every person living in Austria generates about 800 kilograms of waste: plastic in all its forms, electronic waste, textiles, waste glass,...

12.10.2023 17:00

All UBB staff and PhD students are invited to the faculty event on the 12th of October.

Highlights of the year

Honor of Retirees of 2023