To support female scientists appropriately Prof. Dr. Britta Brügger was elected equality representative of SFB1129 Committee and Laurence Jost administers these activities. It is planned that C. Selhuber-Unkel will take over the function from B. Brügger in the next funding period.
Support is given by
i) keeping regular contact with all registered female scientists and scientists with families
ii) organizing EO measures requested by scientists (using our regular questionnaire)
iii) keeping regular contact with the central equal opportunities’ office of Heidelberg University.
Over the last 8 years we have supported excellent female scientists with the aim to strengthen these scientists’ careers, especially at the levels of independent group leaders and junior faculty. We have actively invitied qualified women in the field to apply for projects and contributed to an environment that allows researchers of any gender to combine a career in academia with family responsibilities.
By making gender equality a priority of the SFB1129 our proactive recruitment and support of female scientists together with family friendliness have led to an increase of female PIs in our SFB from 24% in 2014 to 36% in 2021. Our successful support is also reflected in the fact that female PIs and researchers aspiring to become PIs that were supported by our EO measures received attractive offers from other places.
Our most popular support measures include:
- HiWi positions to support female PI and Postdoc scientists during critical career steps
- Individual coaching at all three career levels – PhDs, postdocs and PIs
- Home-Office solutions
- Nanny Service
- Partnership with TRR83, TRR186, TRR179 and SPP1923 in the lunch seminars and other activities.