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 DFG is firmly committed to equal opportunities and equal treatment of female and male scientists in the German science system. Therefore a balanced gender ratio in the science system and the compatibility of family and academic career are important. Our 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 measures, equal opportunities should be reached at each step of individual scientific careers, and all CRU members and 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 diverse/non-binary researchers.
Explore all of our measures in more detail on the following sites!
The equal opportunity office is run on a voluntary basis by me, Henrike Krenz, research associate from the Institute of Medical Informatics. I am being strongly supported by the project manager Dr. rer. nat. Cristin Beumer, mother of 1 child (2 years) and her assistance Nadja Rotte, M.Sc. .
I was elected to this position by the members of the CRU326 in December 2020. Between 2017-2018, Dr. rer. nat. Theresa Groß-Thebing was holding this position, directly followed by Dr. med. Maria Schubert, who has established an enormous wealth of equal opportunity offers.
As equal opportunity representative I am a member with veto rights of the management board. The equal opportunity office has its own budget, which is managed independently.
Please feel free to contact me via Henrike.Krenz@ukmuenster.de with your questions and ideas!
'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.
Together with the Medical Faculty of the University of Münster, we developed a programme empowering female scientists to develop their own leadership – called Leadership Journey. Supervised by communication coach Annie Bordeleau, the first cohort started with nine CRU326 members and we are highly excited how they will develop!