The University of Bremen seeks to recruit and retain, highly motivated outstanding professors in maximum diversity . In this respect the appointments process plays a crucial role as the quality of appointments will finally define the quality of the institution as a whole. The legislation on higher education in Bremen does not provide for chairs. Every individual professor enjoys a great deal of independence. With the appointment of professors long-term decisions are made about research orientation, degree programs and the allocation of resources. Therefore high standards have to be applied to the appointment process to ensure quality, especially in respect of transparency, process duration, information flow, gender mainstreaming and sensitivity to diversity.