Diversity & Inclusion

The training team at the Vienna BioCenter is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for all scientists and support staff. A workplace that celebrates diversity and internationality by including perspectives from backgrounds that vary by race, ethnicity, social background, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, and national origin.

We want every member of our team to feel respected, included, and heard.

“Diversity is a mix. Inclusion is making the mix work.” (Andres Tapia)


Independent, neutral/impartial, confidential and informal support is provided in cases of discrimination, bullying, harassment and sexual harassment.

The contact details of our ombudspeople are available here.

Women in STEM

The under-representation of women persists in fields traditionally dominated by men, and despite many and varied efforts the “glass ceiling” for women in science is among the hardest to break. Some progress has been made toward gender parity in higher education, yet the gap is much wider in STEM. For example, UNESCO in 2021 estimated that 45-55% of students worldwide at the master’s and bachelor’s levels of study were women

However, in science fields such as engineering and computer science, women on average make up a much smaller percentage of graduates in higher education.  We at Vienna BioCenter Scientific Training are committed to promoting efforts to help women in science to achieve equality.

To mark Women in STEM day we asked some of our colleagues for their thoughts on the challenges that women face in science, here.


There are various resources available via the University of Vienna on gender and diversity here.