Equal Opportunity at BIH

Realizing equal opportunity is a central part of our strategy. We are taking steps to:

  • increase the proportion of women at all career levels where they are underrepresented
  • dismantle structural and individual barriers that discriminate against people based on their gender, nationality, religion, age or their social, cultural, or ethnic background
  • create family-friendly working conditions
  • integrate gender aspects into research

Our goal is to establish a gender- and diversity-sensitive organizational culture. At BIH, this means that a variety of gender concepts and roles as well as modern ways of working and living are accepted. BIH strives to dismantle structural and interactional mechanisms that discriminate against people based on their gender, nationality, religion, age or their social, cultural, or ethnic background.


Increasing the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented

  • Our guidelines for equality in research funding include minimum quotas for competitive procedures as well as standards for the consideration of individual life circumstances when assessing scientific performance and for the makeup of review bodies.
  • In its Strategy 2026, BIH set itself the goal of filling at least 50 percent of new appointments to BIH’s junior research groups with female scientists, and aims to have women in at least 40 percent of BIH chairs and BIH professorships by 2026.

Female Careers@BIH

  • The advancement of early-career female scientists is supported by various workshop and professional development offerings (such as career planning, communication and presentation training, networking, and one-on-one coaching sessions). Workshops are announced in the calendar (see link on the right). Flyer
  • We offer places in Charité’s and MDC’s mentoring programs for female academics at postdoctoral level, junior professors and junior group leaders working in the translational research commons. Call (in German)
  • Early-career female scientists can apply for research support through the BIH Gender Equality Fund, for example, to cover travel expenses related to active conference participation, to finance student assistants or to receive allowances for open-access publications or further training.

Balancing scientific careers and family responsibilities

  • BIH strives to offer childcare services for all events.

Gender aspects in research

  • To support early-career scientists apply for third-party funding, we offer a training session on the integration of a gender perspective into research content.
  • BIH strives in its research to take greater account of gender and diversity dimensions.
  • BIH announces the BIH Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research for the first time in 2017

Workshops and Events 2017

3.+4. Juli 2017, Machtspiele? Organisationskultur erkennen und gestalten“ Kontextbezogene Kommunikation für die berufliche Karriereentwicklung

7. Juli und 24.November 2017, Individuelles Coaching für Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen – virtuelles Coaching

September 27, 2017, Sex and Gender Sensitive Research Design – Workshop

Oktober 10, 2017, Make an Impact! Self-Marketing and Communication Skills for Women Professionals and Academics – Workshop

November 11, 2017, Talking Biography with Professor Simone Spuler

Dezember 4+5, 2017, Fostering Fruitful Connections – The Use of Networking for Increasing Visibility – Workshop