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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Travel report

Read more about Raphaela's experiences at the European Nutrition Conference (FENS), one of the leading conferences in the field of nutrition. This event took place in Belgrade, Serbia.


The Long Night of Research is the largest science and research event in the German-speaking world. Every 2 years, innovative discoveries are made accessible to the general public throughout Austria for one night.

Submit your project by 31.01.2024.

Calls & Opportunities

This annual prize is designed to showcase the best examples of inter- and transdisciplinary research at Circle U. universities. Three researchers and/or research teams will be selected for the 2024 edition. Application deadline: 01.03.2024


PhD thesis: Integrating Structure-Based Approaches and Artificial Intelligence Models for Computer-Aided Molecular Design

Venue: Video Conference

Date & time: 25 January 2024, 11:00


A monthly opportunity for PhaNuSpo doctoral students at any stage of their project who wish to monitor their own progress in a group of peers. The sessions are supervised by a trained coach and psychotherapist, Mr Böckle, and take place every first Tuesday in 1060 Vienna. Booking before each session by email to Mr...


Dr. Markus Boeckle, a Senior Postdoc at the Karl Landsteiner University for Health Sciences and psychotherapist, will give an overview of current research on mental health and well-being of doctorals students in the life sciences, and discuss possible ways to approach and implement support services.

Latest publications

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2 Faculties and 3 Degree programmes

45 PIs/Professors