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Habilitation – an academic ritual

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One of the most significant gender divides in academic careers is still that between a doctorate and a habilitation.

Successfully completing the habilitation process requires a great deal of knowledge and understanding of the academic world and its traditions for becoming one of its members. Women tend to have less access to informal information flows; among the main reasons are the facts that they are frequently involved in interdisciplinary work or obtain their habilitation externally, and that networks are still largely dominated by men.

This one-day seminar has the goal of providing senior female postdoctoral and habilitation candidates with concise information about the topic of habilitation - its significance for careers, the prerequisites and requirements, and the unwritten rules for successful habilitation.


  • The significance of habilitation for an academic career
  • The habilitation procedure: prerequisites, requirements and variations
  • The unwritten rules of habilitation
  • Time management during habilitation

Seminar leader

Ute Riedler-Lindthaler

Application procedure

Please send your CV and a brief description of the specific habilitation project and/or your intended project (1 page) to: femail@univie.ac.at

Target group

This seminar is targeted towards female postdoctoral candidates working on a specific habilitation project and female academics that aspire or are at the beginning of a habilitation.

Two dates for the seminar are being offered this year that take into account where in the habilitation process applicants currently are. In each seminar, 12 employees of the University of Vienna can participate.

Date and venue:

  • Thursday, 23 March 2017, 9:00-17:00
  • NEW VENUE! Erika Weinzierl-Saal, University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna

Please send an e-mail with your CV and a short abstract of your habilitation project (1 page) until 15th January 2017 to: femail@unvie.ac.at

This seminar will be in English language!


T: +43-1-4277 123 01

Human Resources and Gender Equality
University of Vienna
Universitätsring 1
1010 Vienna
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