Visibility & transfer of knowledge

Making gender-related issues visible in the public and transferring related knowledge to the public are two of the core tasks in the field of equal opportunities. Therefore, the Gender Equality and Diversity unit gives talks, launches projects on the topic, some of which remain permanently visible and have a long-lasting effect.

Talks

Diversity and gender equality - of theory, laws and university routines

This talk was given on January 15, 2019 at the Faculty of Catholic Theology and covered the following topics:

  1. diversity (definition and concepts)
  2. focus on harassment (legal framework)
  3. structures at the University of Vienna (AkGl, counselling)

The slides are available to download (German).

Current projects

Nuclear questions: thoughts on Lise Meitner

After completing her doctorate at the University of Vienna, Lise Meitner was the first woman to become a professor of Physics in Germany. The Portraittheater Vienna created a play to honor her, tracing moments of her life and work. The play is performed at several universities in Germany and Austria. On March 8th, it can be seen for free at the University of Vienna (in German).

When: 8. März 2019, 19:30
Where: Großer Festsaal der Universität Wien, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien
The play is FREE, registration required: anmeldung.lisemeitner@univie.ac.at

More information here (in German).

Permanent projects

New information added to our audio guide

Biographies of 7 female academics

On the occasion of the 650th Anniversary, the University of Vienna honoured seven female academics in a ceremony in the Arcaded Courtyard with monuments designed by various artists: Charlotte Bühler, Marie Jahoda, Berta Karlik, Lise Meitner, Grete Mostny-Glaser, Elise Richter and Olga Taussky-Todd.

The "Endlich da! – Eine-sieben-Leben-Performance" (Finally here! – A-seven-lives-performance) by the portraittheater is now part of the audio guide of the University of Vienna and tells us about the extraordinary biographies of those seven women.

Monuments dedicated to female academics

Monument dedicated to Lise Meitner

In addition to Lise Meitner (photo), the University honoured Charlotte Bühler, Marie Jahoda, Berta Karlik, Grete Mostny-Glaser, Elise Richter and Olga Taussky-Todd with their own monuments.

With 154 monuments and numerous plaques, the University of Vienna honours prominent figures in its Arcaded Courtyard. They, however, only include a single honorary plaque dedicated to a woman: Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach. The University of Vienna took the anniversary year 2015 as an occasion to change this. As a result, monuments dedicated to seven female academics were created – among them the first female professor of the University of Vienna: the physicist Berta Karlik.

Quiz on equal opportunities

Employee working at the office

An online quiz allows you to test your knowledge of women at the University of Vienna and equal opportunities.

On the occasion of the 15-year anniversary of the Gender Equality and Diversity unit in 2015, an online quiz (in German) that playfully tests your knowledge of the history of women at the University of Vienna and of equal opportunities was developed. 

Art project "The muse has had it"

Art project

"The Muse has had it" is a giant shadow silhouette of a woman that lies diagonally on part of the courtyard, standing in a combative posture and thrusting her fist in the air.

The fact that for decades hardly any female academics were honoured by the University was made the subject of the art contest BIG ART, which was jointly organised by the University of Vienna and the BIG in 2009. From all submissions, the project "The Muse has had it" by the artist Iris Andraschek won. Surrounded by more than 100 monuments and plaques dedicated to male academics and a single plaque dedicated to a woman, the intervention made of granite is now clearly visible in the Arcaded Courtyard.

Virtual exhibition "Frauen Leben Wissenschaft" (women live academia)

Exhibition boards

The exhibition boards serve to illustrate the different stages of an academic career.

The exhibition "Frauen Leben Wissenschaft" (women live academia) in 2007 aimed at making the work of female academics at the University of Vienna visible and to let women – academics and students – talk about their working realities and perspectives.