A key concern, internationally and nationally, is the gender inequality that is still prevalent especially at the higher career levels. Picking up this topic the DFG has produced a film that summarizes the portion of women in science in Germany as well as in international comparison.You can watch the film here.
The University of Cologne has been implementing a strong gender equality scheme aimed to ensure equal employment opportunities as well as to promote work/life balance. This scheme encompasses a wide range of issues including enforcing positive selection procedures throughout the whole of the University.
The Female Career Center (FFC) is one key future of the University of Cologne´s commitment to the advancement of women. It provides regular training courses in such vital areas as networking, presentation, interview technique etc. aimed at students, graduate students as well as staff scientists. In addition, the FCC offers support and advice during all stages of career development with a special program for woman in mathematics and natural sciences. Another essential pillar of the scheme is the office for gender equality. This office is instrumental in enforcing positive selection procedures, promoting female networks and providing an extensive information source on existing gender career planning, promotion and salary negotiation as well as a support unit to better deal with sexual and other harassment cases.
The SFB incorporates eight female independent project leaders. The SFB will advance their careers and, more importantly, strongly encourage young female scientists to pursue a scientific career using the following measures:
Gender – Meeting the Challenge (movie)
Dealing proactively with gender equality issues