Cultural change through diversity
Diversity in the sense of diverse, interdisciplinary research questions and approaches is a central and particular characteristic of the Leibniz Association. In order to maintain and intensify this disciplinary breadth, the association needs to value and encourage the active involvement of researchers with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Diversity has therefore been enshrined in the Leibniz Association statutes as an overarching aim since 2015.
The Leibniz-wide Diversity Network, which was initiated in 2018, raises awareness about the issue in the Leibniz Institutes and shares ideas at regular network meetings. The network collaborates closely with the Equal Opportunities and Diversity Working Group. It consists of diversity and equality officers, HR officers and representatives of various interest groups. It is concerned with breaking down structural and cultural barriers (unconscious bias) and develops possible ideas for bringing about a cultural change so that diverse ways of life and backgrounds are valued as a matter of course.
The Network for Inclusion and Participation in the Leibniz Association serves to pass on the skills and knowledge required for the work of elected representatives (representatives of severely disabled persons, works and staff councils), inclusion officers of the employer and all other persons who are committed to the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in the Leibniz Association. Furthermore, the network, which meets twice a year, promotes the exchange of experience and ideas and the communication of its members with regard to the sustainable realisation of inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in the Leibniz Association. It works towards greater transparency concerning the situation of severely disabled employees, advises on compliance with legal requirements (Federal Participation and General Equal Treatment Act) and regularly exchanges information on measures for the successful professional inclusion of severely disabled people. Furthermore, the network advises all Leibniz institutions on participation and inclusion of disabled people in the Leibniz Association.