Gender equality and family-friendly policies
Equal opportunity is an essential requirement for motivation, innovation, and the basis for striving towards high-level scientific performance. Therefore, equal opportunity is a foremost concern of the TRR 261 as well as both applicant universities.
The Universities of Tübingen and Bonn have both developed a comprehensive gender equality concept, which includes a broad range of instruments for promotion of female scientists in areas and professional levels, where they are under-represented, as well as general measures to improve family-friendly conditions. This includes female recruitment support, individual coaching, dedicated funding, as well as improvement of child-care opportunities, family-friendly working hours, and dual career support. Equal opportunity goals are set, and rigorous controlling procedures are established to facilitate implementation of the guidelines and to evaluate the success of all equality measures. Both universities consider equal opportunity a cross-sectional task to be supported by centralized and de-centralized measures. Equality Offices and Family Offices are established at both sites and both applicant universities have recently qualified as ‘familiengerechte Hochschule’. To complement the central gender equality instruments, the TRR 261 will apply for funding to provide focused support within its own consortium.