As in other industrialized countries, female scientists comprise almost 50% of life science graduate students in Germany. Yet, the percentage of female scientists drops steadily with higher hierarchy ranks and only 15% of tenured professors are female. Within the CRC 1366, 9 of the 25 PIs (36%) are female scientists covering a hierarchy range from non-tenured and tenure track junior group leader (4) to tenured full professor (5). The CRC 1366 Steering Committee is eager and takes a proactive role to promote the career development of female scientists. Yet, it is important to note that selection of female PIs was strictly merit-based with no compromise whatsoever on scientific excellence.
Heidelberg University and all participating partner institutions have implemented equal opportunity/ affirmative action gender equality instruments (see figure below). They are committed to diversity, a strict equal opportunity policy and the support of a family-friendly working environment. During the past years, they have set up and expanded strong measures to promote equal opportunity of women and men. These include the support of highly qualified women and of family life with children. If necessary and feasible, the institutions and the CRC 1366 will take affirmative actions to promote gender equality.
Prof. Dr. Hellmut G. Augustin
European Center for Angioscience (ECAS), Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University and DKFZ, Heidelberg
Prof. Dr. Sergij Goerdt
University Hospital for Dermatology,
Venereology and Allergology and European Center for Angioscience (ECAS) University Medical Centre Mannheim, Heidelberg University