Equal opportunities and diverstiy
Gender equality and diversity are strategic aims of the University of Bremen. In MAPEX, we are committed to providing the necessary conditions for an equal chance to pursue and succeed in an academic career regardless of gender, ethnic or social background, language, religion or philosophy, age, physical or psychical disabilities, or sexual identity. The role of MAPEX is to consolidate and further develop equal opportunity measures from the running coordinated DFG programmes in a way that also researchers not involved in these programmes can profit from them. Therefore, regular meetings of a core group including all equal opportunity and diversity representatives of the coordinated projects, the faculties, and the whole university take place.
Already established measures are:
Family care during MAPEX events
To facilitate the participation of young parents to MAPEX events that last until late in the afternoon, we offer a child-care support. The support involves the payment of the familiar babysitter and if necessary help finding a babysitter. The payment of the fee is usually made by bank transfer in favor of the babysitter. Please contact Hanna Lührs prior to the event.
Accompanying person on business trips
Conference trips, journeys in order to perform special experiments or visits to cooperation partners are an essential part of the scientific work. For parents of infants or scientists caring for relatives, these trips represent an almost insurmountable obstacle. MAPEX can contribute to the travel costs for an accompanying person taking care of the accompanying infant or contribute to the additional care costs at home.
navigare - Career Coaching for Women in Science
The coaching programme navigare addressed female early career researchers (doctoral candidates, postdocs) who aim for a professorship or gaining a leadership position in science.
A new round of the international programme will start in November 2019, more information will follow soon.
Two programmes started in September 2017 as a joint initiative of six running coodinated DFG programmes and MAPEX:
The ‘classical’ programme was offered in German with a slightly stronger focus on possible gender barriers in science whereas the ‘international’ version was in English and with a stronger emphasis on the scientific career of female scientists in an internatinoal environment.
Both programmes were coordinated and were developed by the office for equal opportunities at the University of Bremen.
For the challenging research activities there is a great demand for brilliant minds. Identifiying and inspiring especially female students for scientific work in the STEM diciplines, and giving them professional support for their career development is the aim of the ‘Academia Hypatia’. The programme for university students is successfully established in all our three CRCs.