Helmholtz Association

Equal Opportunities at Helmholtz

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A major part of the Helmholtz Association's Talent Management Strategy is equal opportunities.  As part of a commitment to overall equality (in very diverse workplaces) is ensuring that both genders – from infants and school age children to students of the natural and life sciences and our own staff – have equal opportunities.

The Helmholtz Association supports the best scientific minds (both men and women) to pursue careers in science and fosters a positive image of women and men working together in the scientific and academic community.

The Helmholtz Association creates 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 programmes
  • Programmes aimed at increasing the compatibility of family and career
  • Disseminating examples of best practice across the Association's 18 Research centres.

Equal opportunities is an essential element of Helmholtz talent management activities

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Helmholtz Mentoring Programme
The Helmholtz Mentoring Programme for young women – called Taking the Lead – is an integral part of the Association’s strategy to ensure equal opportunities at all Helmholtz Centres. It aims to increase the number of women in executive-level positions.

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Helmholtz Management Academy
The Helmholtz Management Academy supports its talented managers to excel at research management.

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Helmholtz Professorships
In accordance with the Pact for Research and Innovation, the Helmholtz Association recruits outstanding scientists and academics into highly-desirable 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 Martina von der Ahe

Speaker workgroup of the equal opportunities officers

Forschungszentrum Jülich

Phone: +49 246 1614433
Fax: +49 246 1619476
m.von.der.ahe (at) fz-juelich.de

Further information

Brochure: Career and Talents (in German)

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