WoMen in Science: Change the World!

With this year’s focus WoMen in Science: Change the World! IST Austria highlights the need for gender equity. The program sheds light on the existing issues that researchers of all genders currently face and emphasizes best practice examples.

Find out more about our activities by clicking on the images below!

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Poster WoMen In Science
WoMen In Science Change the World panel
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Exhibition WoMen In Science
Diversity and Inclusion IST Austria

Science is still dominated by men. But it shouldn´t be.

Find your personal approach through our assortment of empowering debates, artistic reflection, and outreach to the new generation!

STEM fatale Initiative

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – STEM disciplines are still challenging for women’s careers.

Founded by Nicole Amberg and Melissa Stouffer of IST Austria, the STEM fatale Initiative aims to raise awareness about stereotypes and to break them open.

Find detailed information about the program here.

STEM fatale Talk Series

Inspiring women across STEM disciplines present their career paths and research. They show how they overcame (gender-related) challenges in their professional lives and they exchange experiences with young (female) researchers.

Speaker: Christa Schleper
Affiliation: University of Vienna, Head of Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology
Title: What we can learn from Archaea about early evolution (and about a scientist)
Talk: Feb. 11th, 2021 | 2:00 P.M. (CET) | virtual
Female Round Table: Feb. 11th, 2021 | 3:00 P.M. (CET) | virtual
Abstract: In the talk, she will give an update on the current knowledge of the ecology and evolution of archaea, on evolutionary scenarios as well as unresolved fundamental questions. She will mix in some personal experiences of her own scientific (STEM-fatale) journey that equally bears some unexpected and unresolved scenarios.
More information here.

New talks will be announced soon.

Zoom a Scientist Girls’ Special

Zoom a Scientist is a science education program created by IST Austria to connect school classes with IST Austria scientists via online meetings.

For the WoMen in Science program, Zoom a Scientist offers two sessions exclusively for girls. In this Girls’ Special, participants can talk openly about their experiences with science, share goals and ambitions, and discuss how to deal with obstacles and prejudice. For each session, two female scientists from IST Austria from different STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) will be available as conversation partners. In addition to learning about scientific topics, this format provides female students with the chance to experience the human side of research and communicate with scientists.

Students ages 15-18 (meeting in English) 28 May 2021, 16:00-17:00
Register here: https://ist.ac.at/en/news-events/event/?eid=3178
Students ages 10-14 (meeting in German) 15 June 2021, 16:00-17:00
Register here: https://ist.ac.at/en/news-events/event/?eid=3192

Find more information about Zoom a Scientist here.


A photo exhibition based on interviews without words. Four questions for each scientist. Experiences about gender equity and balance, captured by the renowned photographer Peter Rigaud. Exhibited in the Mondi Hallway on campus and online. The online gallery is now available for viewing.

Show how to:

  • Empower (men and) women!
  • Speak your story!
  • Act differently!
  • Be strong against society!
  • Stand behind your choices!
  • Be more aware of particularities – communication matters!


On the occasion of WoMen in Science: Change the World! the artist Barbara Kapusta was invited to create a poster for the main lecture hall at IST Austria. The graphical intervention gives visibility to this important topic.

Barbara Kapusta´s work mirrors an interest in Donna Haraway’s studies on science, political consciousness as well as non-binary gender concepts in society. A central, recurring element in her practice is the conjunction between body and speech.

The poster will be coming soon.

WoMen in Science Day

This years “WoMen in Science Day” panel event follows the motto “WoMen in Science: Change the World!“. The tentatively planned date is November 10, 2021.

More information coming soon.

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