BioMove attached importance for the participation of an equal number of women and men in the Research training group. In the first cohort, 7 female and 5 male PhD students and two female PostDocs started to work on their projects. With half of the PIs being female (including three advanced early career researchers), BioMove sets high standards in gender equality and provides role models for young female scientists.
As people tend to have differing ideas about gender, especially if a person hasn’t thought about the issues of growing up male or female and how gender expectations affect day-to-day working relationships, we conduct gender-related workshops [more] to raise awareness of potential gender issues in BioMove PhD students, PostDocs and PIs.
Equal opportunities in science are considered a guiding principle for UP and all partner institutions. UP repeatedly (in 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014; IZW in 2014) received the TOTAL E-QUALITY award (www.total-e-quality.de) provided for efforts to foster equal opportunity in business, science, politics and administration. Since 2002, UP has repeatedly received recognition, which reflects the development and successful implementation of a number of gender equality policies. The universities’ concept of gender equality has been approved repeatedly in the course of the federal ‘Professorinnenprogramm’ (female professor program). This shows the universities’ ambition to promote young scientists on the basis of a general strategic concept on gender equality. In 2009, UP partnered with the DFG to support and increase the proportion of women scientists at all levels of qualification. In 2008, UP has successfully undergone the auditing process ‘Family-friendly University’. To support their employees and students, the University and her cooperation partners have established several child care services.
BioMove will particularly provide gender equality funds for:
- a ‘bridge-program’ that will allow the deferred conclusion of a qualification process through additional funding in case of interruptions in the qualification process because of pregnancy and childbirth, care for young children or other family members;
- young parents who need extra time to finish their dissertations due to ongoing childcare obligations;
- other compensation measures for family-caused absence (pregnancy, illness, maternity leave) such as support by additional student assistants;
- the provision of additional childcare, arising, for example, through participation in the
BioMove workshops, conferences, research field trips, or weekend events (to be
arranged through the UP ‘Service for Families’ and PoGS);
Besides these measures BioMove wants to support a family-friendly environment, notably for young families and single parents:
- within the bounds of possibility flexible working hours are enabled;
- weekly and bi-weekly seminars take place between 09.00 a.m. – 14.00 p.m.;
- in cases of illness of children working at home is supported.