Campus Life

Life at the Vienna BioCenter campus is warm, welcoming, and very lively. The Vienna BioCenter is one of the most dynamic and stimulating life science hubs in Europe. 

People on campus

1,830 staff members (out of which, 1,470 scientists) and 1,260 Bachelor's and Master's students. The scientists include: 96 group leaders, 154 staff scientists, 200 postdocs, 260 PhD students, 110 undergraduate researchers, and 650 additional scientists who provide services and support to the research groups. 

40% of the people at Vienna BioCenter come from abroad, representing 70 nationalities. English is our working language.

 

Campus Location

The Vienna BioCenter is conveniently located between Vienna’s city center and airport. It has its own suburban train station and access to bus, trams, and subway. The campus is spread across 90,000 m², in 14 different buildings. They are located very close to one another (walking distance). This provides a lot of expertise in a very concentrated space as well as opportunities to meet, to cooperate, and to network.

Events

Sometimes the day just does not have enough hours to exploit all the events offered at the Vienna BioCenter.

Scientific Events

  • VBC Seminars: They take place on a weekly basis and typically feature established scientists affiliated with universities and research institutes from around the world.
  • Monday seminars: From 12 to 1 pm every Monday, three speakers from within the Vienna BioCenter present their research in one of the lecture halls. This provides a unique learning opportunity, inspires new ideas, and fosters collaboration.
  • Max Birnstiel Lectures: Seminars on hot topics in molecular biology organized by the IMP. They feature exceptional speakers, among them many Nobel laureates.
  • Symposia and Conferences: The Vienna BioCenter hosts international events such as the annual Vienna RNA Meeting, the SY-Stem stem cell symposium, and the Microsymposium on Small RNA Biology. In addition, Keystone Symposia, in partnership with the Vienna BioCenter research institutes, has announced a series of scientific research conferences to be held at the Vienna BioCenter, the first of which took place in November 2018.
  • Other seminars: Impromptu seminars, VBC postdoc seminars…

Cafeteria

The cafeteria is the social meeting point of staff and students at the Vienna BioCenter. It is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, and it offers breakfast and lunch, with a wide choice of warm meals, salads, sandwiches, etc.

The Weekly Menu is available in the footer of this website.

Social Hours

The Vienna BioCenter offers networking opportunities for all staff members at the quarterly social hours. They bring people on campus together around drinks and snacks. 

In addition, every Friday night there are themed beer hours hosted by the different labs at the research institutes.

VBC Amateur Dramatic Club

The VBC Amateur Dramatic Club performs 3–4 productions a year. The highlight is the annual Christmas play. It offers students and postdocs the possibility to turn the tables on their supervisors for one night. The scripts feature a mix of song, dance, satire, and slapstick humor and are written by the cast.

No previous experience is necessary to join the VBC Amateur Dramatic Club, and the emphasis is very much on having fun. In addition to rehearsing for shows, the club regularly meets for social activities and workshops.

Sports

The VBC Running Club organizes pre- or after-work runs and also joins eventually running competitions as a team.

The Beach Volleyball Club plays every Sunday.

There is also an outdoor basketball court on campus.

Depending on the season, it is possible to sign up for Yoga and Tai-Chi classes. 

VBC Newsletter

A digital monthly newsletter informs everybody at the Vienna BioCenter about news, events, and sports on campus.

Campus Expansion

The Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Vienna will relocate to the Vienna BioCenter campus in 2021. €146 million is being invested into the construction of the 32,500 m² building, which will house 500 researchers and 5,000 students.