Promoting gender equality, addressing diversity:

We take action to gain, retain and support a diverse range of talents in science

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. RESOLV allocates specific and separate funds for equal opportunity strategies.


FACTSHEET equality

Faculty: 5 out of 9 new RESOLV professors are female
Early Career Researchers: 4 out of 10 young group leaders are female
Dual Career: 6 RESOLV members have benefited from the Dual Career Program
External hiring committee: All new faculty has been selected by an external committee
Child Care: 13 children at UniKids bilingual day care, 4 infants at local ZEMOS day care
Nationalities: 39


Gender board

The RESOLV Gender Board comprises all female PIs and PSs in RESOLV. It is responsible for the monitoring of all gender issues and the implementation of gender activities. The Speaker of the Gender Board is Prof. Dr. Enrica Bordignon. 


events

Visiting female researchers, workshops and training programs, networking activities

SHOW GENDER EVENTS

Strategic measures

hiring with impartiality

  • Proactive recruiting: Search for qualified female scientists, who are explicitly encouraged to apply
  • External hiring committees: Panels are made by international experts to counteract unconscious bias
  • Co-involvement: Female PIs are personally involved in the recruitment process

promoting a Family friendly environment

  • Dual career offers for faculty
  • Child care: ProKids service, UniKids day care, child care at conferences
  • Assistance during pregnancy, nursing: Female PhDs and Postdoctoral researchers benefit of a lab assistant; group leaders benefit of a postdoctoral researcher

International female faculty

resolv and must networking together

The International Female Faculty was founded within RESOLV with the specific aim to support and promote women in scientific careers. The International Female Faculty was founded in conjunction with the Swiss Center of Excellence NCCR MUST (Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology). It organises regular International Female Scientists Meetings on Gender and Science. The last network meeting took place on September 13-14, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. The next meeting will take place in 2019 at RUB. 

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