The StudiesServiceCenter of Life Sciences manages all our Bachelor-, Master- & PhD-programmes and supports you in administrative matters during your studies (e.g. submitting Master theses, plagiarism-proof, acknowledgement of completed courses etc.). If you want to register for a degree programme in our study fields, please head to studentpoint where you will find information about the admission process.
Over the past decade Life Sciences have revolutionized our understanding of how life is organised and how organisms and biological systems operate. Life Sciences encompass a considerable breath of scientific disciplines and study phenomena of life ranging from the molecular and genetic level within organisms to the interactions with other organisms and the environment. Novel molecular, analytical and imaging techniques developed during the last decades are now widely applied in all fields of Life Sciences and have opened new avenues for research questions. We are now capable of directly assessing the impact of specific environmental stimuli and stressors on the organism and of uncovering novel aspects of evolution and adaptation. The Faculty of Life Sciences aims at acquiring a deep understanding of the principles of life, its organization and evolution. Based on this knowledge and using interdisciplinary approaches, the Faculty envisions addressing the multifaceted challenges of the future.
The Faculty of Life Sciences unites sixteen Departments, four Core Facilities, and two Large-Instrument Facilities. Research focuses on Organismal Systems Biology, Functional Ecology, Botany and Biodiversity Research, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Nutritional Sciences. To stimulate interdisciplinary research within the Faculty of Life Sciences and between other faculties, Key Research Areas, Research Platforms and -Clusters, and Research Networks have been established and will be further consolidated.
The dynamics of the physiology, developmental and evolutionary processes of organisms and the neural, social and environmental flows of information are at the core of the research questions of Organismal Systems Biology. [read more]
The range of topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences aims at identifying and characterising both new biologically active natural products and synthetic drugs and at understanding their interactions with human targets on a molecular level using in silico, in vitro, and in vivo models. [read more]
Botany and Biodiversity Research focuses on biodiversity in all ecological and evolutionary dimensions with expertise from ecology, morphology, and evolutionary biology. Plants, fungi, as well as animals are investigated. [read more]
Functional Ecology aims at gaining insight into the structures and functions of terrestrial, limnic and marine ecosystems and their microbial, floral and faunal communities. Specific importance is attached to research on microbial communities as well as their relations to the biotic and abiotic environment.[read more]
The focus of Nutritional Sciences is on molecular and cellular research with an orientation towards systems biology. We apply genomic, transcriptional, proteomic and metabolic strategies, thereby also contributing to developing biomarkers. [read more]
The Life Sciences at the Faculty encompass a considerable breadth of scientific disciplines and study phenomena of life ranging from the molecular and genetic level within organisms to the interactions with other organisms and the environment. Novel molecular, analytical and imaging techniques developed during the last decades are now widely applied in all fields of Life Sciences and opened new avenues for research. [download the brochure here]
"For all groups of organisms on all continents, the number of non - biodiverse species has steadily increased over the past 200 years", says Franz Essl (Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research). The co-author of the latest publication in Nature Communications suspects, that "with the exception of mammals and fish, we did not find any evidence of a weakening of these trends, so we must expect more invasions in the future".
Our Core Facilities and Large Instrument Facilities provide state-of-the-art equipment to all faculty members. They also offer the expertise necessary to use the instruments and to analyse the research data. They are operated by dedicated personnel.
The La Gamba Field Station is situated at the edge of the Regenwald der Österreicher (Rainforest of the Austrians) in Costa Rica. Being located in one of the most species-rich lowland rainforests in Central America, it is an ideal location for field research, courses and seminars.
WasserCluster Lunz was founded 2005 to pursue basic and applied research on aquatic ecosystems around Lake Lunz and various other sites. Research focuses on climate change, diversity research, water resource management, and renaturation of waters.
The Haidlhof Research Station provides infrastructure to study the cognition of birds and farm animals.
The Workshop of the Faculty of Life Sciences produces and provides special non-conventional equipment to all research groups.
Special Libraries offer books, journals, articles etc. in the fields of Biology, Botany, Pharmacy and Nutritional Sciences. Some of the unique Collections of the Faculty of Life Sciences are open upon request.
Large Instrument Facility for Mass Spectometry in Life Sciences: VIME (Vienna Metabolomics Center)