Grete Henry Program

Zwei Wissenschaftlerinnen im Gespräch
© Julia Baier

The Grete Henry Program to Promote Gender Equality and Diversity in Academia

The University of Bremen has been very successful with its program to recruit female professors and in its efforts to implement the equal opportunity standards proposed by the German Research Foundation [Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)]. Indeed, the DFG ranks the University of Bremen among the best twelve universities in this respect. In order to maintain the DFG standards and to further consolidate our enviable positioning with regard to gender mainstreaming, the University is now expanding its activities in this area by the addition of the Grete Henry Program to Promote Gender Equality and Diversity. The aim of the program is to significantly increase the women’s quota as well as diversity on all levels of academic careers in accordance with the DFG’s equality standards.

The Grete Henry Program encompasses:

  • Activities to aid the recruitment of excellent female professors: University of Bremen collective call [PDF] (1.1 MB)
  • Activities to support the appointment of female professors to leadership positions in university management
  • Regular calls for female post-docs: Central Research Development Fund
  • An offensive Dual Career Policy for newly appointed professors and outstanding mid-level faculty positions: Dual Career Welcome Service

Other priority activities are pending.

Grete Henry (Hermann) (*2nd March 1901 and † 15.4.1984 in Bremen), was a mathematician, physicist, philosopher and educationalist who earned her doctorate under Emmy Noether in Göttingen. She maintained a lively exchange of information and ideas with leading scholars and scientists of her day, including Werner Heisenberg, Leonard Nelson among others. Before being forced to leave Nazi Germany, she delivered courses in philosophy and published widely in contexts critical of the Nazi regime. Following her return to Germany in 1947, she was actively involved in establishing the Bremen Teacher Training College, where she subsequently worked as Professor of Physics and Philosophy for a period of ten years. Beside this, she was also actively involved in shaping the education policies of the German Social Democratic Party and the trade union movement.

You can find more information on the life and work of Grete Henry in Wikipedia: