• No organism evolved or lives in isolation.

  • From binary partnerships...

  • ... to complex microbiomes

  • A PhD program on Microbial Symbiosis

  • World-class research infrastructure:

    hands-on expertise of advanced technologies

    applied in molecular microbial research

  • Interdisciplinary workshops and

    regular seminars & symposia

  • Early international networking

    and research stays


  • Long Night of Research 2022 – Our DocSchools on Campus


    Exciting insights into research have been provided by the Long Night of Research on Friday, May 20. Both doctoral schools represented in our Maintain program, the Doctoral School of Ecology ...

  • Maintain Retreat to the Mostviertel


    This May, a short retreat took the PhD students and faculty of the Maintain program to the Hotel Schloss Zeillern in Lower Austria. In-depth scientific discussions about student’s research projects ...

  • Let’s Talk About Symbiosis - in hybrid form


    This time around we were able to hold our recurrent seminar “Let’s Talk About Symbiosis” in a hybrid format. Observing the strict safety rules required, some of us could participate ...

  • 6 fully funded PhD positions in the VDS MES Fall 2021 call


    The Doctoral School in Microbiology and Environmental Science offers 6 fully funded PhD positions in diverse research areas ranging from molecular microbiology, ecology, computational and evolutionary biology to environmental geosciences. ...