Events

Mittwoch, 21. Juni 2017 - Samstag, 30. September 2017

Schritte durch die Zeit

Ausstellung

Samstag, 23. September 2017 - 07:00

Sensen - und Dengelkurs

Seminar, Workshop, Kurs

Mittwoch, 27. September 2017 - 16:30

Die Gehölzsammlung im Botanischen Garten

Führung

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STUDENTS' CORNER

If you need information about the degree programmes in our study fields, please head to studentpoint where you also will find information about the admission process.

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.). 

Generating knowledge for the future

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.

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Research
 

Side effects are often accepted when taking medication. But probably only few people realize, that...

Research
 

American alligators produce loud, low-frequency vocalizations called "bellows". Cognitive biologists...

Research
 

Alpine plants are likely to be among the "losers" of climate change.

Research
 

Heat or frost periods influence phosphate availability longer than expected.

Research
 

Fluorescence microscopy is a special form of light microscopy, which is widely used at the Core...

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The right to food, and its variations, is a human right protecting the right for people to feed...

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 Video of the Month

Bending and unbending of pliant tools in Coffin's cockatoos

Cognitive biologists from the University of Vienna and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna studied tool making in an Indonesian cockatoo. To the researchers' surprise the birds manufactured hook tools out of straight wire (and in a second task unbent curved wire to make a straight tool) without ever having seen or used a hook tool before. [read more]

Our Structure

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.

Organismal Systems Biology

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]

Pharmaceutical Sciences

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

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

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]

Nutritional Sciences

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]

 Brochure

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]


Service and Support

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.

Insights into the Facilities