Links to useful websites
Here you can find useful information on matters relating to equal opportunities at the BIH, at other institutions in Berlin, and around the world. For information on sex and gender in research at the BIH and afield, please visit our site.
Partner equal opportunity offices
Here are some links from our partners whose integrity and values in academia we share.
The Office for Women's Affairs and Equal Opportunities provides advice and support on issues pertaining to gender equality to all staff and students at Charité-Universitätsmedezin Berlin.
You can find key events here.
The Max-Delbruck Center is committed to equal opportunities and has successfully taken part in the “Work and Family” audit.
Dr. Christiane Nolte, Women’s Representative MDC
31.2: Max Delbrück House (Flachbau) Room: 0218.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 030 9406 3260
Dedicated to achieving equal opportunities for women at the MDC, as well as helping women to strike a balance between family and career. This representative is the first point of contact for all issues affecting women in the workplace.
NeuroCure promotes gender equality among researchers, strategies include mentoring, financial and career support, and actively approaching female scientists in recruitment process.
The institute’s aim is to systematically investigate the gender differences in health and disease, its introduction into the study and the development and implementation of gender-sensitive strategies in health care.
Scholarships and funding
BIH is proud to offer a fund that promotes equal opportunity and equal participation for women and men. These are among BIH’s strategic goals and provide an important basis for excellent research.
The DFG has Equal Opportunity Measures in Individual Funding Programs. Applicants can either be individuals or research institutes.
Here you can find funding opportunities for students and young researchers.
Information about doctoral studies at the Charité
Biannually, the Verein der Freunde und Förderer der Berliner Charité e.V. funds travel grants for undergraduate and doctoral students who are presenting research at academic or professional conferences to applicants who otherwise would not be able financially to participate.
The Research Funding Department supports the MDC scientists in identifying funding opportunities and applying for external grants.
NeuroCure established Female Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to promote advanced female researchers with a strong interest in continuing their career towards an independent faculty position.
More external funding opportunities for projects, fellowships and travel suggested by NeuroCure:
- Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
- Alzheimer Forschung Initiative e.V.
- Boeringer Ingelheim Fonds
- Cure Parkinsons´s Trust
- German Research Foundation (DFG)
- Else Körner-Fresenius Stiftung
- Eppendorf Awards
- Ernst Schering Foundation
- European Research Council
- FEBS Transcontinental Travel Grants
- Fritz Thyssen Foundation
Local mentor programs
The target group of the Charité mentoring program consists of female academics at the postdoctoral level, both with and without secondary postdoctoral qualifications (habilitation), junior professors, women in the final phase of their dissertation, and junior group leaders at the Charité who seek to further their academic careers or who would like to take on leadership positions in research and teaching fields, business, academic administration or in clinical areas.
NeuroCure offers structured, internal mentoring with senior NeuroCure scientists for new recruits as part of their career development program.
SPARK-Berlin is a mentoring program that supports early stage academic inventions with education, mentorship and funding
Family and career
Here you can find information for Charité employees with families
Find last minute childcare through the Charité/Neurocure partner Kidsmobil.
Parent child rooms
At the BIH-
We have a well-equipped and free-to-use room for BIH employees at the head office in Mitte.
Eltern-Kind Raum und Ruheraum: Raum 5.7.15. Berliner Institut für Gesundheitsforschung/Berlin Institute of Health (BIH), Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Str. 2, 10178 Berlin
If you would like to use the room please don’t hesitate to contact: email@example.com
At the Charité-
Find information here.
Initiatives further afield
This is, of course, not just a Berlin-based idea, see below for the community, events and funding that stretches further afield A-Z.
Over 20,000 women of STEM and supporters from more than 100 countries have signed in support of this initiative, pledging to build an inclusive scientific community. Check out the resources they have to achieve their goal
DFG's equal opportunity work – to achieve a gender balance in the research system and to make a scientific career compatible with family commitments – do not just promote diversity and equal opportunity in the research system. In order to also make Germany more attractive as a place to research, particularly for highly qualified early career researchers. Here you can find their ongoing support, and strategy for equal opportunities.
The European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS is an international non-profit umbrella organisation bringing together networks of women scientists and organisations committed to gender equality.
The ERC working group on gender balance.
Here you can find information about the equality policy goals at the Freie Universität Berlin as well as related contacts, links, and downloads.
The Helmholtz Association supports the best scientific minds (both men and women) to pursue careers in science by creating working conditions that allow both young and experienced scientists to develop their skills, reach their full potential and achieve their personal and scientific goals. Key elements in achieving this aim are:
Equal opportunities as an assessment criterion in the review of research programs
Programs aimed at increasing the compatability of family and career
Disseminating examples of best practise across the Association's 18 research centers
HU have “The Central Women's Representative” site has links to promotion, counseling, gender equality strategy and events. Their gender equality strategy also known as Caroline von Humboldt Program, was designed as strategic gender equality concept for the entire Humboldt-Universität and pursues 5 goals. Recruitment, empowerment, communication, work-life-balance and organization development.
Leibniz Society (German)
This non-profit society promotes science and research in its member institutes and has put specific importance on equal opportunities.
A non-profit organization with the aim to improve equal opportunities for women* in the natural sciences and mathematics inside and outside of academia
The MPG is committed to equal opportunities, and offers
Family services such as childcare and parent child offices, and family allowances for scholarship holders
Dual career services for couples
Opportunities for part-time work and teleworking
Central Equal Opportunities Officer and local Equal Opportunities Officers at the Institutes
Guide to constructive interaction between male and female scientists
Participation of Max Planck Institutes in Girls´ Day, holiday program for girls, labs for school-children, experiments for pre-school children.
NIH aims to cultivate a culture of inclusion where diverse talent is leveraged to advance health discovery. They have a number of strategies and services including toolkits and consulting for institutes, training for individuals, information about policy and filing formal complaints, events and mentoring programs, and much more.
NIH toolkit for equality in the scientific workplace
Horizon 2020 projects A-Z
Promoting Gender Equality in Research and Innovation their goals are:
Fostering gender balance in research Teams
Ensuring gender balance in decision-making
Integrating the gender dimension in research and innovation content
Gender Diversity Impact- GEDII- Improving research and innovation through gender diversity
GEDII is funded by the European Union under the program Horizon 2020 to study the impact of gender diversity on research productivity, quality and innovation which is very unevenly evidenced. They have developed an self-assessment tool called gender-diversity-Index to vidualise gender diversity within your team.
GENDERNET is a pilot transnational research policy initiative funded by the European Commission under the Science in Society work program of the seventh Framework Program (FP7), developed an Online IGAR Tool: Recommendations for Integrating Gender Analysis into Research : igar-tool.gender-net.eu
GENERA is a Horizon 2020 project aiming at continuing, monitoring and improving the Gender Equality Plans of Research Institutions and Organisations specifically in the physics research field. It focuses on the implementation by European research organisation of Gender Equality Plans customised to circumstances and needs of the physics research community.
Based in Barcelona, Libra project, a Horizon 2020 group aims to unify innovative efforts of European research centers to achieve gender equality in academia.
Horizon 2020 initiative promoting gender balance and inclusion in research, innovation, and training
EGERA intends to promote a full set of measures to achieve gender equality and fight gender-based stereotypes in research and the academia.
EGERA is a tool for achieving two overarching objectives:
- Gender equality in research and higher education
- Bringing a gender perspective in research contents and outputs
Nature’s blog on women in science
NIH Edi (equality diversity inclusion) blog
Blog from the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at the HU Berlin (German)
The Female Scientist- articles, portraits, guides, and more!
Lise Meitner Gesellschaft blog
TODAY blog "Dismissed" about "underreported medical challenges that affect women’s health and the doctors who are pushing for change"
Videos and Podcasts
- Sabine Oertelt-Prigione. (22.01.2019). The concerted effort to include sex and gender in (bio)medical Research. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=585&v=_ctRQKmNHTI
Talk given by Prof. Sabine Oertelt Prigione in the context of the LIBRA (https://www.eu-libra.eu/) workshop on "Sex and Gender in Research and Experimental Design".
- Russ Altman and Londa Schiebinger. (23.02.2019) The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:"Institutions Must Add Gender Diversity in Their Ranks and in Research with guest Londa Schiebinger" Available at: https://soundcloud.com/user-458541487/institutions-must-add-gender-diversity-in-their-ranks-and-in-research-with-guest-londa-schiebinger?in=user-458541487/sets/the-future-of-everything-with A
Londa Schiebinger, professor of the history of science at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences, explores the role of sex and gender in science. She explains why diverse research teams have better outcomes and why technologists must consider women from the outset.
- Chloe Bird, Ph.D. (06.06.2019) Advancing Understanding of Sex & Gender Influences on Health & Disease. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV9RAOS_cDA&t=14s
Chloe Bird, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the Director of the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), talks about how increasing our understanding of sex and gender influences on health and disease is critical to advancing women’s health research and improving the health of everyone. Using data from the USA. Dr. Bird clarifies the distinction between sex and gender and explores the intersection of internal, biological factors and external, contextual factors that affect health and disease across a woman’s life course. This 22-minute lecture serves as an excellent introduction to core principles and a conceptual framework that guide ORWH’s programs and initiatives to advance science for the health of women.
Databases of women scientists
A comprehensive website (in German) providing sources of information about women scientists. This could be for researching potential applicants for a professorship and can also be helpful in the active recruitment of female scientists.
Their "Request a Women Scientist" platform gives the opportunity to find, and become a "resource". With this they can connect their extensive multidisciplinary network of vetted women in science with anyone who needs to consult a scientist for a news story, invite a keynote speaker or panelist for a conference or workshop, find a woman scientist to collaborate on a project, or serve as a subject matter expert in any capacity, in order to increase the proportion of women voices in the public sphere.
Importantly, 500 Women Scientists is committed to diversity and inclusion, not just in our scientific fields, but in our society as a whole. They also have their own list of databases to find women scientsts and scientists from underrepresented backgrounds.
News and articles
25.02.2019 [DE] Hellner, C. "Männer sind halt keine Patientinnen", Zeit Online.
09.02.2019 Edition on "Advancing Women in Science, Medicine", and Public Health. The Lancet. Volume 393, number 10171, p493-610, e6-e28
09.01.2018 Funk, C & Parker, K. "Women and Men in STEM Often at Odds Over Workplace Equity". Pew Research Center, Washington USA.
Perceived inequities are especially common among women in science, technology, engineering and math jobs who work mostly with men
20.12.2017 BIH Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research
Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) awards the BIH Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects to Professor Louise Pilote of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and Professor Rhonda Voskuhl of the University of California, USA. Both scientists strongly incorporate gender aspects into their biomedical research. The researchers will share the €20,000 award and will come to Berlin for guest stays at BIH
Sex versus gender-related characteristics: which predicts outcome after acute coronary syndrome in the young? Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Pelletier, R., Khan, N.A., Cox, J., Daskalopoulou, S.S., Eisenberg, M.J., Bacon, S.L., Lavoie, K.L., Daskupta, K., Rabi, D., Humphries, K.H. and Norris, C.M., 2016. 67(2), pp.127-135. [Online]: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0735109715073556
Talks and events
For upcoming events from the BIH, head to our events section.
*Conference* May 5-8, 2019. Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) and International Society for Gender Medicine (IGM) second joint Meeting
REGISTER HERE: https://www.ossdweb.org/ossd-2019-annual-meeting
*Conference* May 20-25, 2019 Sex Differences, Dimorphisms, Divergences: Impact on Brain and Behaviour in Health and Disease. Erice, Sicily, ITALY
Workshop Topics include:
- Sexual Selection Theory and Evolution
- Comparative studies of male and female strategies
- Mechanisms of sex differentiation
- Sex specific outcomes
- Differential impact of disease
- Gender medicine
- Consequences for Society, Culture, Religion
REGISTER HERE: http://schools.centromajorana.it/sexdiff2019/
*Event* 22.06.2019 Soapbox Science Berlin
Soapbox Science is an innovative - and fun! - science communication platform that specifically highlights women in the STEMM fields. For impressions of the event, see
Travel scholarships are available for scientists coming from outside Berlin, deadline for registration with the Soapbox Science Berlin Team is 01.03.2019.
The 10th European Feminist Research Conference 12.-15.09.2018
Held on "Difference, Diversity, Diffraction: Confronting Hegemonies and Dispossessions" at the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany
International GEDII Expert Workshop 12.07.2018
Held by GEDII project Gender Diversity Impact-Improving research and innovation through gender diversity.
The high-level international workshop will be held to present and discuss GEDII’s results and potential. Experts from different disciplinary backgrounds will explore how the project's findings are to be applied.
Human Brain Project 09.03.2018
Held its first conference on gender & diversity
Courses and workshops offered by the Charité for PhD students and more.
Upcoming Events by the society and its representatives in Berlin.
The Berlin chapter of a global movement promoting digital health innovations held a Female Health hackathon early November 2018 in Berlin. They regularly host events around the world, check out their website to keep up to date.