The Helmholtz Association considers strategic talent management a key to fulfilling its mission. A major part of that is making sure that both genders – from pre-schoolers and school age children to students of the natural and life sciences and our own staff – have equal opportunities. The Helmholtz Association uses innovative approaches targeted at all age groups to encourage both men and women to pursue careers in science and to help foster a positive image of women and men taking active roles in the scientific and academic community.
The Helmholtz Association aims to create 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 opportunity as an assessment criterion in the review of research programmes
- Programmes aimed at increasing the compatibility of family and career that can be individually combined to produce custom-tailored solutions
- Networking the centres with the goal of disseminating examples of best practice
- Promoting women to executive-level positions