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


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.



The Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution offers 3 fully funded PhD positions to be filled in 2023!


Your ongoing dissertation project has the potential to generate social, economic or cultural impact? Win the Impact Award 2023 and spread the impact...


We invite you to our Welcome Day!

Date: Thursday, May 4th 2023

Venue: University Biology Building, Lecture Hall 2

Target group: Everyone...


In cities like Vienna, various stress factors, such as rising temperatures affect the groundwater. Constanze Englisch is investigating the effects of...


Dienstag, 30. Mai 2023, 19:00 Uhr, Obere Kuppelhalle, NHM Wien

Eine Podiumsdiskussion mit Franz Essl, Thilo Hofmann, Stefanie Lemke, Petra Pjevac und...


We are pleased to invite the VDSEE members to our Annual Retreat in Seitenstetten (Lower Austria). You help us a lot with planning if you fill in the...