Women make up the majority of the students at medical and life science departments throughout Germany. While the percentage of women is very high during studies, it already decreases significantly at the doctoral and postdoctoral career levels, culminating negatively at the level of professors. This phenomenon, the loss of the proportion of women at higher career levels towards executive / management positions, is called the leaky pipeline.
The Clinical Research Unit 326 'Male Germ Cells' is not only focussing on highly qualitative research and finding novel causes for male infertility, but in parallel aims to reform gender equality standards in the field of biomedicine. With our measurments, equal opportunities should be reached at each step of individual scientific careers, and all CRU members and CRU-associated colleagues should receive the support necessary for fullfilling their very best self. With this, we also want to close the gap of losing greatly qualified women at higher career levels. Besides, we further think equal opportunities should not remain exclusively on women and we therefore offer many of our supportive options to fathers and young male or non-binary researchers. Explore all of our measures in more detail on the following sites!
'Equal Opportunity Representative' Dr. med. Maria Schubert is passing her office to someone new: Henrike Krenz, CRU326 member from the Institute of Medical Informatics, will take over the coordination and responsibility of our equal opportunity measures from December 2020 onwards. As a scientist and young, encouraged person, she ideally fits this position.
Many thanks to Maria for her outstanding work within the last years and all the very best to Henrike for the upcoming years!
Please feel free to contact her via Henrike.Krenz@ukmuenster.de with your questions and ideas.