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WoMen in Science: Change the World!

In 2021, IST Austria’s focus, WoMen in Science: Change the World! 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!

STEMFatale WoMen In Science
Poster WoMen In Science
WoMen In Science Change the World panel
Zoom A Scientist WoMen In Science
Exhibition WoMen In Science
Diversity and Inclusion IST Austria

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

Find your personal approach to gender equality through our empowering debates, exhibits, and outreach efforts to the new generation!

STEM fatale Initiative

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

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

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.

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 offered two sessions exclusively for girls in May and June of 2021. For each session, two female scientists from IST Austria from different STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) were available as conversation partners. 

Find out about future specials and 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! artist Barbara Kapusta was invited to create a poster for the main lecture hall at IST Austria. Her graphic 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 work is the conjunction between body and speech.

The poster is now available for viewing on the side of the Raiffeisen Lecture Hall.

WoMen in Science Poster IST Austria Barbara Kapusta
WoMen in Science Poster © Livia Willner / IST Austria
WoMen in Science Poster IST Austria by Barbara Kapusta

WoMen in Science Day

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


Daniella Goldfarb
Daniella Goldfarb
Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry
Carola Bibiane Schönlieb
Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb
Paul Walton
Paul Walton

Information on the event can be found here.

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