Equal Opportunities

  • Mission statement "Equal opportunities and compatibility of career and family"

    The Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Center for Learning and Memory Research (LIN), considers equal opportunities for women and men as well as the compatibility of work and family life as an essential basis for successful research activities. The LIN is aware that women are often underrepresented, especially in the natural sciences, and therefore strives to counteract this and to provide both female and male scientists with good career opportunities and working conditions.

  • Current events on the topic of equal opportunities at LIN


    In order to make our commitment sustainable, we regularly organize events on the topics of equal opportunities, equality and diversity

  • FEM POWER

    To promote equal opportunities, we are participating in the statewide FEM Power project from 2018 to 2023.

  • In the lecture series Gender & Neuroscience we are taking a look at different perspectives on gender within the natural sciences. You can find the current program here.

People with different cultural and religious backgrounds, different sexes and ages work at the LIN. We see this diversity of our employees as an advantage because the diversity of perspectives contributes to good research. This is why we are committed to ensuring that everyone has the same career opportunities.

To promote equal opportunities, we are participating in the project FEM POWER from 2018 to 2023. FEM POWER is an EU-funded programme to promote and establish equal opportunities between women and men in science and research.

Focus of FEM POWER at LIN

  • Individual career development

    Individual career development

    Scientific careers are still often intransparent and difficult to plan. Female scientists are particularly affected by this, because the networks in which careers are promoted are still strongly male-dominated. To counteract this, we support female scientists with individual counseling, workshops on career-relevant topics and arrange participation in mentoring programs (Cometin, Mecosa, Leibniz Mentoring). In addition, we are building an alumnae network and inviting successful women to career talks.

     

  • Gender equality

    Gender equality

    We are working on gender equality and want to increase the proportion of women in management positions. In order to achieve a balanced ratio of women and men at all levels, we work closely with the executives, the board of directors and the equal opportunities officer.

     

     

  • Balance of work and family life

    Balance of work and family life

    The compatibility of work and private life is central to creating equal opportunities. We promote a healthy work-life balance for our employees through flexible working models and mobile working. We support (expectant) parents in planning parental leave, returning to work after family-related leave, and finding childcare places. For its work in this area, the LIN was certified with the audit workandfamily (audit berufundfamilie) in 2013 and 2020.

  • Gender research and neuroscience

    Gender research and neuroscience

    One goal of the FEM Power project is to bring the practical work for equal opportunities and gender research into dialogue at the individual locations. Therefore, we inform about current impulses from gender research in neuroscience in the context of the lecture series "Gender and Neuroscience".

FEM POWER project offers

  • For female scientists

    For female scientists

    • FEM Café: Networking and exchange among female scientists at LIN
    • Workshops on career-relevant topics and skills, e.g. career development, time management or rhetoric
    • Regular workshops and coaching sessions on "Female Leadership"
    • Career talks with successful female scientists
    • Impulse lectures and roundtable discussions at the annual Career Day
    • creation of an alumnae network
    • Individual advice and referral to further offers (e.g. Leibniz Mentoring, MeCoSa, Cometin)
  • For executives

    For executives

    • Regular workshops on „Excellence through gender-sensitive leadership“
    • Regular training on the General Equal Treatment Act (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz AGG) with the AGG Network Office Saxony-Anhalt
    • Exchange and consultation on topics such as gender bias, gender-appropriate personnel recruitment, active recruitment, anti-discrimination
  • For everyone at LIN

    For everyone at LIN

    • Equal Opportunities Commission: In order to make equal opportunities at LIN as effective and sustainable as possible, we established an Equal Opportunities Commission. Representatives of all employee groups work together to develop an equal opportunity plan, exchange ideas on equal opportunity issues, and continue their education.
    • Handout on gender-sensitive language
    • Prevention of and dealing with discrimination, (sexual) harassment and bullying at the workplace (in cooperation with the AGG network office Saxony-Anhalt)
    • Regular newsletter on opportunity (in)equality in science and society:
  • For everyone at LIN and interested public

    For everyone at LIN and interested public

    Lecture Series "Gender and Neuroscience"


    Women talk a lot, men don't. Women don't have good spatial reasoning, men do. Women are emotional, men are rational. There are two clearly distinguishable genders and clear differences between them that can be proven scientifically, e.g. with the help of neuroscientific studies of the brain - right? Whether this gender binary and differences between the sexes, often perceived as natural, are really so unambiguous, what research on biological gender differences can and cannot say, and what other perspectives there are on gender within the natural sciences - these and similar questions will be addressed in the lecture series. All researchers, students and interested parties are welcome!

    23.10.2020 Sigrid Schmitz (HU Berlin): „The Gendered Brain:  Gender Research in Dialogue with the Neurosciences“  (14:00, online)

    03.03.2021 Anelis Kaiser (University of Freiburg): „From the female-vs.-male-brain to the human brain continuum“ (15:00, online)

    The topic of sex/gender crosses the research field of neuroscience on different levels. But for some time now, studies have maily focused on examinations of sex/gender difference, i.e., research that reveals differences between women´s and men´s brains. Recently, however, the sex/gender variable has been started to be explored in terms of a human brain continuum. The talk will highlight this progression.

    17.06.2021 Kerstin Palm (HU Berlin): „Sex/Gender studies in biology - the critical view of sex/gender within the life sciences“ (14:00, online)

    Gender studies is primarily characterized by a plethora of studies in the humanities and social sciences on Gender relations. Less well known is the critical sex/gender research within biology that has been taking place since the 1970s, which has been researching the biological foundations of sex/gender, sexuality and sex/gender difference. The lecture presents this biological research on gender with examples and explains the theoretical self-understanding of this research.

    29.09.2021 Mercedes Küffner (University of Freiburg): "Sex & Gender as biological Variables (SABV) - selected foundations“ (15:00, online)

    Does the historic sex bias in neuroscience and biomedical research still exist? How can we integrate Sex and Gender to improve Human Health? The sexually dimorphic brain, similar to most sex differences, does not fall into a hard binary readout—but rather is on a continuum or spectrum with each cell and each brain region comprised of varying degrees of ‘male' and ‘female' (Hines, 2005; Joel and McCarthy, 2016). Sex and gender are therefore important variables to consider when designing studies and assessing results within biomedical research. Let’s have a look on how some publications and research policys in the US, Canada and Europe have shaped a new way of thinking and what efforts already have been made by Funding Organizations, Peer-reviewed journals and Universities to advance consistent sex and gender analysis within the research community. Moving away from a strict binary view of how sex/gender is manifested in the brain will be illustrated by selected publications and future challenges on how to establish SABV. By raising awareness from the biological perspective we may contribute to building a society where individuals identifying themselves in between the labels of male and female and feel included rather than discriminated.

    01.12.2021 Hannah Fitsch (HU Berlin/Goethe-University Frankfurt/M.): "What Leibniz has to do with binary (sex/gender) categories in neuroscience. Mathematical logic in the methods of computational neurosciences“ (14:00, online)

    There has been a desire to formalize the complex structure of the brain and its neuronal processes for some centuries. This talk traces the history of the new approaches by using the concept of the mathematization of perception to show how methods and models from computer science and mathematics have found their way into brain research.

    The lecture series will continue in 2022. Further dates will be announced here in due time.

FEM Power events

  • Current Events

    Current Events

    • 17.06.2021 Lecture series „Gender and Neuroscience“ with Prof. Dr. Kerstin Palm (14:00 online):
      Gender studies is primarily characterized by a plethora of studies in the humanities and social sciences on Gender relations. Less well known is the critical sex/gender research within biology that has been taking place since the 1970s, which has been researching the biological foundations of sex/gender, sexuality and sex/gender difference. The lecture presents this biological research on gender with examples and explains the theoretical self-understanding of this research.

    • 23.09.2021 FEM Café: How to get funding for your research with Dr. Christina Spilker

    • 29.09.2021 Mercedes Küffner „Sex & Gender as biological variables (SABV) - selected foundations“ (15:00 - 16:30 Uhr, online), Vorlesungsreihe „Gender and Neuroscience“:
      Does the historic sex bias in neuroscience and biomedical research still exist? How can we integrate Sex and Gender to improve Human Health? The sexually dimorphic brain, similar to most sex differences, does not fall into a hard binary readout—but rather is on a continuum or spectrum with each cell and each brain region comprised of varying degrees of ‘male' and ‘female' (Hines, 2005; Joel and McCarthy, 2016). Sex and gender are therefore important variables to consider when designing studies and assessing results within biomedical research. Let’s have a look on how some publications and research policys in the US, Canada and Europe have shaped a new way of thinking and what efforts already have been made by Funding Organizations, Peer-reviewed journals and Universities to advance consistent sex and gender analysis within the research community. Moving away from a strict binary view of how sex/gender is manifested in the brain will be illustrated by selected publications and future challenges on how to establish SABV. By raising awareness from the biological perspective we may contribute to building a society where individuals identifying themselves in between the labels of male and female and feel included rather than discriminated.

    • 17.11.2021 Training for executives „Excellence through gender-sensitive leadership“ with Dr. Sabine Blackmore:
      The requirements for managers in the science system have changed massively over the last 20 years. Whereas research performance and reputation were once central qualifications of a manager in science, today core capabilities such as human resources management and development as well as conflict management are indispensable. But gender and diversity sensitivity is also part of modern leadership in research institutions, in order to be able to meet the demands of leadership and "excellence in all areas". This training starts exactly at this point and opens in 4 events a repertoire of topics of gender- and diversity-sensitive leadership.

    • 01.12.2021 2 p.m. (online) Hannah Fitsch „What Leibniz has to do with binary (sex/gender) categories in neuroscience. Mathematical logic in the methods of computational neurosciences“ (Gender and Neuroscience lecture series): There has been a desire to formalize the complex structure of the brain and its neuronal processes for some centuries. This talk traces the history of the new approaches by using the concept of the mathematization of perception to show how methods and models from computer science and mathematics have found their way into brain research.
  • Past events

    Past events

    • 21.02.2019 Career Talk „Challenges and Opportunities for Young Women Scientists in Medicine and Natural Sciences“ with Prof. Jessica Bertrand
      In an informal setting, successful female scientists talk about their careers, give tips and answer questions from the young female scientists.
       
    • 20.06.2019 Roundtable Discussion „Scientific Career and Child(ren)“ at Career Day
      Scientific career and parenting still seem to be quite incompatible. Many young scientists, especially women (but also more and more men), are wondering if they can pursue a career and start a family at the same time. In this informal discussion, scientists who are also parents talk about their experiences: How do they experience the balancing act between career and family life? How do they organize their careers and their everyday life? What challenges do they see? And what advices would they give to young scientists?
       
    • 16.01.2020 Workshop Career Development with Annette Hoeschen
       
    • 16.01.2020 AGG-training for counselors with Sandra Dänekas (AGG Network Office)
       
    • 02.03.2020 „Symposium for Novel frontiers in molecular and systems neuroscience“
       
    • 04.05.2020 Workshop Career Development for disseminator  (PhD und PostDoc) with OvGU Graduate Academy
       
    • 23.10.2020 Sigrid Schmitz: „The Gendered Brain:  Gender Research in Dialogue with the Neurosciences“ - Lecture series „Gender and Neuroscience“
       
    • 28.10.2020 Workshop „Equality plans as a means of quality assurance“with Gender Competence Center Saxony (Genderkompetenzzentrum Sachsen)
       
    • 23.11.2020 AGG-training for managerial staff with Sandra Dänekas (AGG Network Office)
       
    • 02./03.12.2020 Workshop and Coaching „Female Leadership“ with Deborah Ruggieri
      The workshop will focus on development of personal potentials as well as on empowerment of junior scientists. Based on a look at gender and stereotype, socially imprinted patterns of female behaviour will be looked at, and the implications at the workplace environment will be discussed. Conflict management, handling of male dominance and the development of your personal leadership style (and how it differs) will be further topics.
       
    • 26.01.2021 2ndmeeting Equal Opportunities Commission to the topic gender bias
       
    • 03.03.2021 „From the female-vs.-male-brain to the human brain continuum“ - Lecture series „Gender and Neuroscience“ with Anelis Kaiser
      The topic of sex/gender crosses the research field of neuroscience on different levels. But for some time now, studies have maily focused on examinations of sex/gender difference, i.e., research that reveals differences between women´s and men´s brains. Recently, however, the sex/gender variable has been started to be explored in terms of a human brain continuum. This talk will highlight this progression.
       
    • 08.04.2021 Career Talk with Anne Albrecht
      In an informal setting, successful female scientists talk about their careers, give tips and answer questions from the young female scientists.
       
    • 28.04.2021 3rd meeting Equal Opportunities Commission
       
    • 11./12.05.2021 Workshop  and Coaching "Female Leadership" for female researchers with Deborah Ruggieri
       
    • 21.05.2021 Training for executives „Excellence through gender-sensitive leadership“ with Dr. Sabine Blackmore:
      The requirements for managers in the science system have changed massively over the last 20 years. Whereas research performance and reputation were once central qualifications of a manager in science, today core capabilities such as human resources management and development as well as conflict management are indispensable. But gender and diversity sensitivity is also part of modern leadership in research institutions, in order to be able to meet the demands of leadership and "excellence in all areas". This training starts exactly at this point and opens in 4 events a repertoire of topics of gender- and diversity-sensitive leadership.
       
    • 03.06.2021 FEM Café and career talk with Dr. Sanja Bauer-Mikulovic
       
    • 09.06.2021 Impulse lecture and roundtable discussion atCareer Day  with Prof. Dr. Kathrin Pittius:
      "It’s a matter of self-management – or not? Science and parenthood in the context of New Work"
       

Contact

Dr. Sarah Czerney
Consultant for Equal Opportunities and Career Development
Tel.: +49-391-6263-92121
E-Mail: sarah.czerney(at)lin-magdeburg.de

Contact

Dr. Achim Engelhorn
Consultant for Equal Opportunities and Career Development
Tel.: +49 391 6263 94452
E-Mail: Achim.Engelhorn(at)lin-magdeburg.de

 

Maren Bartsch
Equal Opportunities Commissioner
Tel.: +49-391-6263- 91291
E-Mail: Maren.Bartsch(at)lin-magdeburg.de

 

Kathrin Pohlmann
Deputy Equal Opportunities Commissioner
Tel.: +49-391-6263- 94341
E-Mail: Kathrin.Pohlmann(at)lin-magdeburg.de

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