According to prior studies, female researchers in Austria exhibit a very high level of childlessness and, consequentially, a low mean number of children. This project focuses on fertility and family formation of this specific group of highly educated women.The Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences financed data collection among female scientists in Austria, carried out in the context of the “Generations and Gender Survey (GGS)”. In total, 247 women up to the age of 45 years who applied for a scholarship at the Austrian Academy of Sciences within the last ten years were interviewed the core GGS questionnaire as well as further questions related to scientific work.

Generations and Gender Programme (GGP)



Berghammer, C., Buber-Ennser, I. and Prskawetz, A. (2016)
Childlessness intentions of young female researchers in Austria. Intendierte Kinderlosigkeit von jungen Wissenschaftlerinnen in Österreich.
Zeitschrift für Familienforschung [Journal of Family Research] 28(3), 267-288.

Buber-Ennser, I. and Skirbekk, V. (2016).
Researchers, religion and childlessness.
Journal of Biosocial Science 48(3), 391-405.

Buber, I. (2010)
Wissenschaftlerinnen in Österreich – Zusatzerhebung im Rahmen des GGS. Dokumentation der Datenerhebung und deskriptive Ergebnisse.
VID Working Paper 2/2010