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

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In the summer term 2022 the palaeontologist Peter Frenzel from the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena will teach two courses and is also organizing the European School on Ostracoda (ESO) in Vienna together with Petra Heinz.


Ein internationales Forscher*innen-Team unter Beteiligung von Andrey Ostrovsky und Javier Souto-Derungs vom Institut für Paläontologie (Uni Wien) erstellt den bisher vollständigsten molekularen Stammbaum der Moostierchen.


Ongoing dissertation projects can be submitted to the Impact Award until 18 April. The eight winners can make the impact of their research accessible to a broad public in a tailor-made video.


With Gerhard Herndl, Alice Vadrot and Olivier Poivre d‘Arvor (in French and German).

Dienstag, den 5. April 2022, von 18.00 bis 22.00 Uhr im NHM (Vortragssaal)


Paris - Oslo - Berlin. Visit your favorite summerschool and discuss topics like climate crisis, sustainability, democracy or global health.


Audimax Podcast

Der Entwicklungsbiologe Ulrich Technau erforscht die Entstehung von Körperbauplänen in der Tierwelt. Dabei interessiert ihn besonders wie Vielfalt während der Evolution entstanden ist. Im Podcast erzählt er mehr über sein Forschungsgebiet.

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