About Us

The Administrative Department of Equality, Gender Studies and Diversity (GGD) at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna was established in fulfilment of § 19 para 2 subpara 7 of the Austrian Universities Act (UG) of 2002. It reports to the Office of the Vice Rector for Organisational Development, Gender & Diversity.


  • A university that is sensitive to diversity and upholds gender equality

  • Well-founded artistic and academic knowledge of gender and diversity in music • theatre • film

  • Anchoring of gender studies in mdw curricula

  • Integration of issues pertaining to gender and diversity as part of the sociopolitical objectives of the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna



  • Sensitisation to gender- and diversity-related concerns at all levels of the University

  • Integration of gender and diversity issues into teaching and research

  • Development and implementation of an mdw Diversity Strategy

  • Gender gap analysis of mdw disciplines of study ► GenderScreening_mdw

  • Provision of advice and expertise to executive-level University administrators

  • (Co-)conception and (co-)organisation of the mdw’s annual Gender Lectures

  • (Co-)editing of the publication series mdw Gender Wissen

  • Gender and diversity sensitivity training for faculty, administrators, and students in cooperation with the Human Resources Development – Center for Further Education (ZfW) staff

  • Curation and management of Platform Gender_mdw

  • Development, support, and/or conduct of gender studies projects and events together with the gender studies professor, with members of Platform Gender_mdw, and with colleagues from other service departments

  • Cooperation with mdw faculty members who are interested in gender studies

  • Cooperation with the hmdw’s Equality and Diversity Department

  • Continual exchange with the Working Group on Equal Opportunities (AKG)

  • Encouraging the use of gender-sensitive language (together with the AKG)

  • Participation in the Austria-wide Gender Platform

  • Membership in the KEG (Committee of Women's and Gender Studies Institutions in German-Speaking Areas)

  • Membership in the Gender Studies Association Austria



Dr. Mag.a Andrea Ellmeier (head)
T.: +43-1-71155-6070 (Tues.–Fri.)
Room B0249

Mag.a Ulli Mayer (diversity management)
T.: +43-1-71155-6073
Room B0259

Laura Eichenseer, BA MAS
T: +43-1-71155-6071
Room: B0247




Mailing address

mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Administrative Department of Equality, Gender Studies and Diversity
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, A-1030 Vienna

Accessible via the following public transportation lines:

U3 (station: Landstraße)
U4 (stations: Stadtpark [via the Stadtpark exit] or Landstraße)
S-Bahn (station: Wien-Mitte [via the Stadtpark exit])
Tram line O (stop: Sechskrügelgasse)