Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Natural History Museum Washington D.C., Photo by Ted on Flickr, CC 2.0

Gender and Diversity @ FGGA

Since the year 2022 the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy is working on a new gender and diversity initiative and strategy. The Faculty's Gender- and Diversity team together with Dean's team and the Equal Opportunities Party aim at

  • fostering a gender- and diversity-sensitive culture at our Faculty, that welcomes all colleagues regardless of their gender, origin, religion, age, ...
  • creating awareness of the problems and difficulties female scientists and members of other minorities/groups are facing in academics,
  • developing counter-strategies to the "leaky pipeline" and thus reducing the loss of women and parents in science, and
  • providing support, enhancing visibility and creating a strong and productive gender- and diversity-related network within our Faculty.

First steps have already been realized, while other details are still to be discussed within our network and will be communicated soon.

New Website

In the meantime, some information and links have been bundled on this website. You are very welcome to

  • inform yourself about our FGGA gender and diversity team and the members of the Equal Opportunities Working Party,
  • follow our links to support programs and information platforms of other institutions, units and networks at the University of Vienna, and
  • subscribe to our mailing list to stay informed regarding all FGGA gender- and diversity events and initiatives, workshops and deadlines for calls with focus on gender and/or diversity.

Get informed via our new FGGA diversity mailing list

Subscribe to our mailing list for information on gender and diversity networking meetings, workshops and other events at our Faculty and beyond. [More]

Get informed via femail

Interested Faculty members are also invited to subscribe the femail newsletter of the UNIVIE unit Culture and Equality! [More]

 Gender & Diversity News


Die Arbeitsgruppe Fachdidaktik Geographie und wirtschaftliche Bildung entwickelte gemeinsam mit der Armutskonferenz Unterrichtsmodule zu Armut und...


Anlässlich des Weltfrauentags 2024 interviewte der FWF drei erfolgreiche Forscherinnen, darunter Astrophysikerin Sylvia Plöckinger.



Am 8. März findet der Internationale Frauentag statt und die Universität Wien gestaltet diesen Aktionstag mit.


Gender & Diversity Team

Petra Heinz, Christiane Hintermann, Heidi Weinhäupl und Anahí Caldu (currently on parental leave) are forming the gender and diversity Team at our Faculty. We are collecting, summarizing and negotiating ideas in close coordination with the Dean's team and with the Equal Opportunity Working Party. You are very welcome to contact us personally or via diversity.fgga@univie.ac.at for any questions, problems, ideas, suggestions!

Also FGGA management and Dean's office are available at any time for topics regarding gender and diversity.

Petra Heinz. Photo: © Barbara Mair

Petra Heinz


Department of Palaeontology, former Dean (2018-2022)

Christiane Hintermann. Foto: Joseph Krpelan

Christiane Hintermann


Department of Geography and Regional Research, Vice Director of Studies SPL 29

Heidi Weinhäupl. Photo: © Walter Skokanitsch

Heidi Weinhäupl

General staff, Dean's office

Communication, Deputy head Dean's office

Anahi Caldu. Photo: © Anahí Caldu

Anahí Caldu

Senior Scientist, Department of Astrophysics

Vice Director of Studies SPL 28 (currently on parental leave)

Equal Opportunities Working Party

Within the Equal Opportunities Working Party of the University of Vienna, Ourania Kounadi and Roland Ottensamer are representing the scientific staff of our faculty - your are welcome to contact them at any time under gleichbehandlung.fgga@univie.ac.at 
General staff members are equally welcome to contact Herbert Gassner (Faculty of Life Sciences), who is also representing our Faculty at the Equal Opportunities Working Party of UNIVIE.

Equal Opportunities Working Party

Ourania Kounadi. Photo: © Ourania Kounadi

Ourania Kounadi

TT Prof

Department of Geography and Regional Research

Roland Ottensamer. © Roland Ottensamer

Roland Ottensamer

Senior Scientist

Department of Astrophysics




Herbert Gasser © derknopfdruecker.com

Herbert Gasser

General University Staff

Faculty of Life Sciences, Dean's office

 Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef

The header photo by Ted on Flickr, CC 2.0 shows a detail of the "Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef" at the Natural History Museum in Washington D.C. The Crochet Coral Reef project created by Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim is an ever-evolving project at the nexus of art, science, mathematics, community practice, and climate change. [More]