Why still care about equal opportunities in the 21st century? Status quo, challenges, and new perspectives. (Online lecture impulse on July 6, 2022; 16.00-17.00)

The under-representation of women in academic leadership positions remains an urgent problem. Science organisations should therefore pursue the goal of attracting and retaining the best talent regardless of their gender – as well as their national origin, age, etc. – not only because of increased competition, but precisely because of their influential role in society. Another incentive is the observation that diverse teams – when taking into account individual needs and living conditions – verifiably achieve better research results and obtain multi-perspective views of their subject.

In our lecture impulse, we would first like to introduce the current framework and principles of equal opportunities measures in the academic context and then outline the background and possible influencing factors – unconscious bias, personnel selection processes, performance based evaluation and hereby possible moments of discrimination. We will embed these organisational measures in the larger context of current guidelines and mission statements of different funding programmes – such as the expansion of equal opportunities to include dimensions of diversity. Asking “How can we do better?”, we would like to point out some approaches for the successful implementation of gender equality and diversity measures and then offer space for discussion.

Target audience

Professors, Doctoral students, PostDocs, Students, all interested people


Date: July 06, 2022
Time: 16:00 – 17:00


Online via Zoom:

Meeting-ID: 655 6293 0482 Passwort: 634761

Workshop language: English
No registration is necessary! If you want to be reminded and get the zoom-link via e-mail, you could leave your e-mail-address here:


    Dr. Isabell Fraas is an employee at the office of the University Women’s Representative at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU). There, she is responsible for gender consulting for research alliances and creating measures in the context of the Professor Program III. She advises and supports alliances in the planning and implementation of gender equality measures and is the contact person for speakers and scientists on all gender equality-related topics. Furthermore, Isabel Fraas coordinates the personnel development programs of the Gender Equality Academy, in particular the new Women’s Leadership Program for (junior) professors and working group leaders. She is in charge of the Diversity Audit (Stifterverband) at JMU

    Dr. Anne Freese is an employee in Human Resources Development at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg, where she is responsible for the Dual Career Office and the coordination of the Diversity & Inclusion Strategy. In her previous work she advised coordinators of research associations on gender equality concepts as well as on the implementation of target group-specific gender equality measures. She is also the developer of the joint project METIS (www.metis.hu-berlin.de) for research associations of the HU Berlin.

    Anne Freese studied Modern and Contemporary History, Gender Studies, and Musicology at the Humboldt University of Berlin and received her doctorate from the Institute of History. She has worked as a lecturer and commission member for the German National Academic Foundation. Moreover, she held teaching positions at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin as well as at the Zentrum für Wissenschaftsmanagement in Speyer (ZWM).