Mentoring for Female Scientists

SFB1158 builds upon a plethora of gender-equality and family friendly measures that are already in place at Heidelberg University, which was ranked one of the most family friendly universities by the DFG, and the respective partners.

Such resources include are for example:

  • The equal opportunites  office, which oversees all university-related activities and supports female scientists in difficult situations.
  • Olympia Morata program supports young female researchers to work towards a Habilitation (or equivalent academic achievements) with a 50% scientist position over 2 years to particularly boost their chances for obtaining scientific independence.
  • The Rahel Goitein-Strauss program of Medical Faculty Heidelberg enables young female clinicians to be freed of clinical duties to devote time to research activities by compensating the respective clinic with a rotating clinical position.
  • The ‘Physician Scientist Program’ of the Medical Faculty Heidelberg provides promising young physician scientists the opportunity to take 2 years of clinical work to perform research in a faculty institution of their choice based upon stringent selection process involving evaluation of scientific project proposals.

In addition to these previously existing programs, the consortium pioneered several new initiatives to further empower women in science.

  • Annual gender symposia at which female external speakers give advice about general problems faced by women in science and their solution as well as individual feedback on hurdles in young scientist’s career. Cooperating with external partners from the DFG, SFB1158 provides career counseling sessions including one-on-one meetings and tailored support in the individual career. In cooperation with external gender equality programs SFB1158 plans to further expand its activities in order to provide the best possible environment for career development.


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