In 1996, Sabine Seidler became the first women holding a full Professorship at the Vienna University of Technology (VUT). In 2007, she had became the first woman Vice Rector for Research. By 2011, she was appointed as the Rector of VUT. This also marked the first time a woman Rector was appointed in charge of a university in Austria. Sabine Seidler is also one of the leading scientists in the field of Material Science. She says that, “it’s not just about inspiring more young women to gain a technical degree, but also to keep them in the system. Although around a quarter of students at the University of Vienna are women, the proportion of women professors is only 7.6 percent. A trend that is evident in nearly all Austrian universities. She is therefore an important role model for young women.
As Director, Sabine Seidler also underlines the importance of gender equality at VUT. Currently she is reorganizing VUT’s administration, and has created a new Vice Rector post for Human Resources and Gender. One aim is to stress the importance of gender equality within an organization which currently has a higher proportion of men employees. Another aim is to promote more interest in Women and Gender Studies. Sabine Seidler often emphasizes that it is not women who are the problem, but the environment itself. She therefore firmly believes that the environment has to change.
As Rector, Sabine Seidler also supports several projects for young women pupils. This is to show them that science, engineering, and technology offer very diverse and interesting opportunities. Through such projects as, e.g. Girls go to University, they can become aware that these topics are both manageable and enjoyable.