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Equal opportunity in the workplace

Labor im Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin (MDC) Berlin-Buch. Bild: MDC

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

Ensuring equal opportunities is an essential element in all talent management activities undertaken by the Helmholtz Association:

Helmholtz Postdoc Programme
Talented young academics who have completed a promising doctoral thesis can take advantage of a new Helmholtz Association programme designed to help them further develop their scientific excellence effectively.

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Helmholtz Mentoring Programme
The Helmholtz Mentoring Programme for young women working at the Helmholtz Association – called Taking the Lead – is an integral part of the Association’s strategy to ensure equal opportunities for men and women at all Helmholtz Centres. It aims to raise the number of women in executive-level positions, where they are still significantly underrepresented.

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Helmholtz Management Academy
The Helmholtz Association launched the Helmholtz Management Academy to give its managers an even better grounding in the tasks and challenges of research management.

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Helmholtz Professorships
As part of the Pact for Research and Innovation, the Helmholtz Association is stepping up efforts to recruit outstanding scientists and academics for top positions.

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Dr Caroline Krüger

Strategy and Equal Opportunity

Helmholtz Association

Berlin Office
Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2
10178 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 206 329-43
Fax: +49 30 206329-70
caroline.krueger (at) helmholtz.de

Dr Esther Dudzik

Speaker workgroup of the equal opportunities officers

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie

Albert-Einstein-Str. 15
12489 Berlin

Phone: +49-30-8062 15687
dudzik (at) helmholtz-berlin.de

Further information

Chancengleichheit: Karrieren und Talente - Frauen in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft

Brochure: Career and Talents (in German)

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