Insufficient participation by women compromises efficiency and excellence in academia. A successful strategy for gender equality delivers significant added value. Gender equality enhances research quality because it enlarges the talent pool and promotes a diversity of research perspectives.
Within CRC 1123, only ~20% of all Principal Investigators are female. In order to promote gender equality, this CRC will concretize and implement Research-oriented Standards on Gender Equality. Specific measures will include mentoring programs, child-care support and promotion of excellent female scientists.
Specific measures for gender equality
- We will promote the participation of CRC members in LMU and other seminars (e.g. LMU-Mentoring, LMU-EXTRA) and provide financial support if required
- Mentoring of successful recruitment strategies and career choices for female scientists
- Young researcher parents will receive financial support to cover child-care expenses (e.g. outside the regular opening hours of local day care centers and due to project-related reasons)
- Compensation for absence or reduced hours due to child-care by student helpers
- CRC career program, 1-2 day course with female speakers
- KidsBox –emergency (bed, diapers, toys) if child-care is absolutely unavailable
Training course "Professional career", November Wednesday 4, 2015 program
December 5, 2014 Kick-Off Symposium Gender & Vascular Science program
Our first CRC symposium under the title „Gender and Vascular Science“ took place on December 5, 2014 and started with a lively Round Table discussion to which all our speakers were invited. The speakers (Lynn Hedrick, Gwen Randolph, Carlos Fernandez-Hernando, Fil Swirski, later joined by Alison Abbott) shared their very interesting viewpoints, personal experiences and advice with the female junior scientists and PIs of the CRC in the audience. Together we discussed potential reasons for the lack of women in leading positions in research and what should be done to solve it. Some remarkable points to keep in mind (certainly not just for the female junior scientists): make yourself known in the scientific community (e.g. by presenting your data on international conferences), create your own network, find somebody who shares your enthusiasm about your data and is willing to support you, and don´t be afraid to say what you want.
This passionate discussion was followed by a scientific session with lectures of the invited speakers.