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Working together for equality

Here you can find out who actively supports equal opportunity for women in German research.

Johannes Göbel, 07.02.2020
Teamwork in the laboratory: success is always a joint effort.
Teamwork in the laboratory: success is always a joint effort. © Gorodenkoff -

Political will for change

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is strengthening equal opportunity for women in science and research in a targeted way – most recently, for example, with a programme to support female junior researchers in the field of artificial intelligence. A BMBF programme for female professors that was set up in 2012 and is still successfully running has also had a far-reaching impact: it is increasing the number of female leadership positions at universities – and calling upon them to also implement equality strategies.

Promoting equality

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) regards gender equality as one of its main duties. Among other things, this involves reducing the burden of committee work on female researchers or attracting women into research with special programmes. The DFG also believes that equality involves taking into account an individual’s life situation when evaluating research achievements – for example, with regard to periods of childcare.

Successful careers with children

The Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation, which is named after the German Nobel laureate, aims to give young female doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in a field of experimental science or medicine greater freedom to pursue a career in research. It funds household and childcare support. The foundation also works with the programme For Women in Science.

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