Over the last 30 years, the Vienna BioCenter has established itself as a top biology research center in Europe, comprising four research institutes (GMI, IMBA, IMP, Max Perutz Labs) that together host 96 groups conducting innovative research in all areas of the life sciences. The wide range of expertise, from biophysics and structural biology to cell biology and evolution, combined with a plethora of model systems, ensures diversity and interdisciplinarity.
Purely curiosity-driven research is highly valued and encouraged, and there is also a focus on basic biomedical research and mechanisms of disease, laying the groundwork for future solutions to global health problems. Similarly, basic research in plants is important for agriculture and may ultimately provide solutions for sustainable food and energy production.
Several key discoveries that have brought the Vienna BioCenter international recognition illustrate the high caliber of research, both past and present.
Currently, the highly interactive and collaborative community hosts almost 1,500 scientists (including 260 PhD students) coming from 70 countries. Research productivity is reflected in the publication rate (around 350 manuscripts a year), which is the highest of any life sciences institute in Austria (Nature Index).
Achievement, recognition, and support for research is reflected by numerous grants and awards: 49 ERC research grants, 24 EMBO Members, 11 Wittgenstein Awards (the most highly endowed science award in Austria) and 2 Breakthrough Prizes (the most highly endowed science award in the world).
Located in the city consistently ranked #1 in the Mercer Quality of Living Ranking, the Vienna BioCenter offers some of the best research opportunities in Europe and has become a magnet for inquisitive and ambitious scientists from all over the world.