Equal opportunities in staff development
The Leibniz Association is committed to promoting young women academics. Special funding programmes aim to reduce the drop-out rates for highly qualified women postdocs.
The Leibniz Programme for Women Professors enables five highly qualified women academics to be jointly appointed by a Leibniz institute and a university. The programme offers excellent women academics reliable prospects and takes into account the desire of many women academics to remain in one place while bringing up children.
As part of the Leibniz Junior Research Groups funding programme, the Leibniz Association offers young, talented researchers from all over the world attractive conditions: early scientific independence, competitive facilities and networking opportunities. Implementation of the Leibniz equality standards is taken into account as a criterion when assessing applications. Continuous monitoring revealed that 44 per cent of the project managers who were successful in the 2017 funding round were women.
The Leibniz Mentoring Programme promotes highly qualified, women postdoc researchers and supports them on their path towards a management position or professorship.
As a partner of the National Pact for Women in STEM Professions (Nationaler Pakt für Frauen in MINT-Berufen), the Leibniz Association hopes to interest more girls and young women in professions in the fields of mathematics, information technology, the natural sciences and engineering. Each year, the Leibniz Association takes part in the ‘I, Scientist Conference on Gender, Career Paths and Networking’, which is aimed particularly at young women academics in STEM subjects.