VINCA is a private research institute, founded in february 2004 by former members of the Institute of Ecology and Conservation Biology of the University of Vienna. Since 2014, VINCA is owned by the non-profit association „Verein für Naturschutzforschung“.
VINCA covers the whole field of organismic ecology and conservation biology. Apart from scientific research, VINCA provides services in statistical analysis, GIS based modelling and ecoinformatics. The scientists working at VINCA have expertise especially in vegetation ecology, biodiversity research, as well as in statistical and spatial data analysis. During the recent years they have managed various research projects funded by the Austrian Academy of Science, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), the City of Vienna and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture.