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In a statement, the Senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG) stressed the importance of taking sex, gender, and diversity into account in research projects.

Sex, gender, and diversity may be relevant in regards to researchers, persons under study, individuals affected by the implementation of research results, animals under study, and/or with regard to samples taken from humans or animals. The statement of the Senate of the German Research Foundation notes that taking sex, gender, and diversity analysis into account in the preparation and implementation of research projects is part of good research practice and anchored in the DFG’s 2019 Code of Conduct Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice.

“We believe it is important to encourage researchers to reflect on sex and gender dimensions and diversity dimensions in their research work, as they are relevant in many instances,” says DFG President Professor Dr. Katja Becker. “However, we also understand that the relevance of sex, gender, and diversity varies depending on the research context, subject area, and methods, which is why this information need only be provided as it pertains to the proposed research.”

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has created a website on the Relevance of Sex, Gender, and Diversity in Research

Their webpage on Diversity in the Research System is available here.

The German Research Foundation’s forschung (03/2017) magazine includes six pages on the topic of diversity (in German only).

Subject-specific information from the DFG:
Humanities and Social Sciences
Engineering Sciences
Life Sciences
► Natural Science

Implicit Bias in Evaluation and Decision-Making Processes

“As no one is immune from implicit bias, it is important to become aware of the underlying processes.”

By clicking the link on "Implicit Bias in Assessment and Decision Processes" you will find an explanatory commentary as well as further links. A dynamic online code now comments on the DFG guidelines and explanations on scientific integrity and practice. (english translation will fowllow in 2021)

To access Harvard University's Implicit Bias Test, click here.


Gender Consulting for Research Alliances

The University of Bremen pursues the consistent embedding of gender equity in research alliances. The Equal Opportunities Office offers professional advice and support for the entire process from the application to the implementation of equal opportunity concepts – also with a view to other diversity dimensions such as social and ethnic origin, age, sexual identity, or physical ability. The Equal Opportunities Office develops customized offers for different target groups, uses synergies by bundling measures, networks with other university services, and paves the way for a sustainable implementation of equal opportunity concepts.



Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Feichtner
Vice President International and Diversity

Nele Kuhn
Diversity Officer

Dr. Margrit E. Kaufmann
Diversity Expert


PhD Networks

Sharing professional experiences and ideas with other PhD researchers can be very motivational while writing your dissertation. The individual networks are dedicated to an overarching theme (topic or method) that links together the research interests and projects of its members.


Diversity-Related Research at the University

Below, we have listed diversity and gender-related research areas at the University of Bremen.

If you know of any more, please send an email to diversityprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de. Thank you very much.


Worlds of Contradiction (german only)

Institute for Interculutural and International Studies (InIIS)

SOCIUM - Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy

Bremen Institut of Anthropology and Cultural Research(bik)

Religious Studies and Religious Education (german only)

creative unit homo debilis

Public Health and Nursing Reaearch

Eine Studierende beim Lesen in der Bibliothek.

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