Equal Opportunity at the BIH- TRUE

Promoting equal opportunity and achieving equal participation for women and men are among BIH’s strategic goals and provide an important basis for excellent research. Despite the high percentage of female students, women remain underrepresented in certain academic fields (notably medicine), in scientific research, and in professorships. Structural barriers often hinder their careers and make advancement more difficult.

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
  • support women scientists in their career
  • 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.

BIH aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented

Our Guidelines for gender equality in BIH bodies, committees, key activity areas and funding lines 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.

  • Career opportunities and workshops

  • BIH services for families

  • Sex and Gender aspects in research

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