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

Our Resarch Groups

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




Natural History Museum Vienna


Diversity, Taxonomy and Systematics @ NHMW

Natural History Museum Vienna

Burgring 7, 1010 Vienna

WasserCluster Lunz


WasserCluster Lunz

Biologische Station GmbH

Dr. Carl Kupelwieser Promenade 5

3293 Lunz am See

Tropical Field Station La Gamba

Tropical Field Station La Gamba / La estacion tropical La Gamba


In a study in Nature Communications, a team led by Qi Zhou from the University of Vienna found clues to how sexual reproduction might have evolved by studying chromosome structures.


The new career development programme for prae-doc scientists from all disciplines and faculties of the University of Vienna will start in the winter semester 2022/23. Applications are now open!


Clinical psychologists and psychotherapists around Brigitte Lueger-Schuster offer psychological counselling sessions for Ukrainian students at the University of Vienna. Register here!


Interested (young) scientists can apply for numerous prizes, grants and scholarships.

Interessierte (Jung-) Wissenschafter:innen können sich wieder für zahlreiche Preise, Förderungen und Stipendien bewerben.


Save the date! On the 20th of May our team from Microbial Oceanography Vienna will be part of the Lange Nacht der Forschung 2022 in Vienna. Check out the many different stations and come visit us to find out more about the importance of the ocean in our daily lives!


On May 20, 2022, the Long Night of Research, the largest science and research event in the German-speaking world, will take place and the VDSEE will be part of it! Go check out Koje 12A to learn more about how flowers attract their visitors!