Equal Opportunities for Women and Men at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
The Leibniz Universität Hannover is characterized by its effective and approved equal opportunities and family friendly policies. It has received the certificate of the “audit familiengerechte hochschule” (audit for family friendly universities).
In the overall assessment of third level institutions nationwide, the Leibniz Universität Hannover has demonstrated outstanding achievements in four categories. In the rankings of professorships, post-doctorate degrees (habilitations), increase in the proportion of women among professional, scientific and artistic staff as well as increase in the percentage of women appointed to professorships, the Leibniz Universität has ranked among the top universities in Germany. 33.82% of doctorates at the Leibniz Universität Hannover were awarded to women and 17.03% of professorships are held by women (cf. Hochschulranking nach Gleichstellungsaspekten, Ed. Andrea Löther, CEWS Kompetenzzentrum für Frauen in Wissenschaft und Forschung, Bonn 2007, p. 77).
Current focal areas are the implementation of various policies under the framework of the „Gleichstellungskonzept des Bundes und der Länder“ (equal opportunities concept of the German Federation and the German states) and of the research orientated equal opportunities standards of the DFG (German Research Foundation). In addition, further teleworking stations have been created and the construction of a nursery is planned. Several programs and panels on the topic of careers in science, mentoring in science and economy, as well as women in leading positions are also emphasized. These also include numerous activities in order to increase the percentage of female professors at top levels in science from 13% to 20%.
Successful work in the area of equal opportunities is characterized by a number of bottom-up programs and projects which are offered in different institutions. These programs and projects include recruitment of female students in natural scientific and technical faculties as well as assistance in coping with structural barriers (child care, networking, support in the completion of dissertations and professional consulting), professional promotion in different stages of scientific qualification for women and men (cf. http://www.gsb.uni-hannover.de).
In collaboration with the “TU9”, a federal network of the nine leading German Technical Universities, and the “Niedersächsische Technische Hochschule” (Technical University of Lower Saxony), the Leibniz Universität Hannover participates in the national MINT (mathematics, informatics, natural sciences, technology) pact and its objectives to increase the percentage of women in Academia.