Mission Statement

This doctoral programme intends to provide an internationally competitive scientific training of doctoral students in innovative pharmaceutical, nutritional and sport research.

The school wants to attract motivated students and to guide them towards scientific excellence and independence in a truly unique and dynamic multi-as well as interdisciplinary environment to finally become well-educated, open-minded and responsible graduates. The cohorts trained and supported by the VDS PhaNuSpo are part of the vibrant research environment at the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Centre for Sport Science and University Sports of the University of Vienna.

Your Benefits

  • Co-supervision and mentoring from at least two experts in your field.
  • Low hierarchies and an open door policy.
  • Interdisciplinary exchange in the form of joint courses, seminars, retreats and social events.
  • Additional financial support e.g. in the form of completion or mobility grants.
  • A strong student voice.
  • Dedicated administrative support.

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"The association of ultra-processed food (UPF) consumption and dietary advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) intake with the risk of obesity, cancer, and multimorbidity"


(Article and Video in German)

Evidence that highly processed foods are linked to multiple health risks is mounting and calls for labelling are growing louder. In this article and video, PhaNuSpo PhD student Reynalda Córdova explains the results of her recent groundbreaking research involving 266,666 participants.

PhD Corner

Marie José Abi Saad (Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences) is one of the five finalists of the VHS Science competition on November 29th in the Planetarium of Vienna


The Long Night of Research (Lange Nacht der Forschung) is the largest event for science and research in the German-speaking world. Every 2 years, innovative findings and groundbreaking technologies are made accessible to a broad audience for one evening throughout Austria. Entrance is free.

Travel report

Read more about Runqing's experiences at the 14th International Symposium on Computer Science in Sport, known as IACSS 2023, in Hangzhou, China.


Out of the lab and onto the stage: the Science Slam puts science in the spotlight. Current research is once again brought to the stage in Vienna's Metropol: compact, pointed and entertaining. Those who attend live will experience exciting presentations and decide who will be crowned Slam Champion!

Latest publications

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2 Faculties and 3 Degree programmes

44 PIs/Professors