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




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


She is one of the most cited Austrian researchers in the world: Microbiologist Christa Schleper of the University of Vienna is Austria’s new Wittgenstein Award winner.


Traces of human life are not only found in fossils but also in sediments. In the video, doctoral candidate Victoria Oberreiter explains how she develops new methods to retrieve ancient DNA from "dirt" to get a better insight into our past.


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.