aim of the equal opportunity plan
Worldwide, male scientists still significantly outnumber female scientists in faculty positions. This gender gap holds true for Germany as well, despite the number of female graduate students in science being often equal or higher than male graduates. Within RESOLV, for example, the percentage of female graduate students exceeds 45% in chemistry, while it is lower than 25% in physics and chemical engineering. Since its inception, RESOLV aims to build a highly stimulating, opportunity-filled environment, in order to gain and retain talented scientists from underrepresented groups, thereby instilling a gender- and diversity- sensitive culture. To this end, hiring strategically, establishing a family friendly environment and advancing woman leadership are pillar milestones. By these means we have been able to increase the number of female professors within RESOLV from initially 4 in 2012 to 11 in 2018. RESOLV allocates specific and separate funds for equal opportunity strategies.