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Latest News
» Save your place now at COMETiN, the mentoring program for young female scientists at OVGU!
» Excellent research for the appreciation
» Nominate now: Award for female scientists of the OVGU
» Your support is needed: Nationwide study PARTNER 5 - Comparative study on partnership and sexuality
» Weitere Themen
Grants and Prizes
» Be quick!!! Candidates for the Women of Europe Awards 2020 wanted!
» Apply now: Award for your commitment
» Call for Papers!! Pandemic / Corona and intersectional inequality in society and science
» Weitere Themen
» Gender Reflective Teaching - Challenges and Opportunities | Online Workshop on September 7 and 21, 2020
» For women: Recognizing and strengthening successful communication patterns | Seminar from 21 - 22.09.2020 in Cologne
» Online Topic Week: #MeToo in science?! Sexualized discrimination and violence at scientific institutions from September 28 - October 6, 2020
» Mapping Women's and Gender Rights as a Globally Contested Arena from 07-09 October 2020
» Digital Workspace "Diversity and digitization in teaching" in October 2020
» Weitere Themen
University and Politics
» Why do so few women receive a Nobel Prize?
» New publication: "A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?
» Policy Brief on sexualized violence in research
» Study: "Who is asked? Gender Distribution in Corona Reporting"
» Weitere Themen

Latest News

Logo COMETiN Save your place now at COMETiN, the mentoring program for young female scientists at OVGU!
  • You are working on exciting projects and can imagine becoming a scientist?
  • You want to advance yourself and your topic?
  • You want to develop yourself personally and find YOUR career path?
  • You want to exchange and network with young female scientists in the same situation?

Then register for the next round of the COMETiN program. Here you will receive personal exchange with a mentor, workshops and coaching to support you on your way. The new round starts on October 27th, apply now at

Well done Excellent research for the appreciation

The Magdeburg sociologists Christian Schneickert, Jan Delhey and Leonie Steckermeier received the second prize from the Fritz Thyssen foundation for social science essays for their studies on the feeling of esteem. They found that 93 percent of people in Germany feel valued in their everyday lives, especially in their families and circle of friends. About one in two people feel disregarded, but this is more likely in public areas such as the workplace. The essay "Eine Krise der sozialen Anerkennung? Ergebnisse einer Bevölkerungsbefragung zu Erfahrungen der Wert- und Geringschätzung in Deutschland" in the renowned Cologne journal for "Sociology and Social Psychology". Further information can be found here

Nominate now: Award for female scientists of the OVGU

Do you know particularly talented female scientists from the natural sciences at OVGU? Until September 1, you can nominate them for the Karin Witte Prize for female scientists. The prize, endowed with 5,000 euros, will be awarded at the academic ceremony in November. The aim of the award is to motivate female scientists to continue their scientific career at the OVGU. Read more about the nomination possibilities and application modalities here

Your support is needed: Nationwide study PARTNER 5 - Comparative study on partnership and sexuality

The Department of Applied Sexology at Merseburg University of Applied Sciences invites all interested parties to participate in the nationwide study PARTNER 5. PARTNER 5 is a historical comparative study. It follows a tradition of research in sexual science with four previous studies (from 1972, 1980, 1990, 2013) and is dedicated to questions about sexual and partner behavior and experience. The current study focuses in particular on experiences with sexual harassment, other border violations and sexualized violence. These topics have become the focus of public and political attention since #MeToo and numerous disclosures of sexual abuse in institutions. Questions about the effects of the current restrictions in the context of the Corona pandemic are also addressed. The PARTNER 5 study is aimed at adults aged 18 years and older. It is funded by the Ministry of the Interior and Sports of the State of Saxony-Anhalt. The study is secured in terms of data protection and research ethics. The results of the study will be used to improve counseling and education on sexuality and measures to prevent sexualized violence.

Participation link to the study:

Further information:

Survey "Access to Digital Continuing Education

In Germany, access to continuing education is heavily dependent on factors such as educational level and income. Can digital continuing education in the form of e-learning make access to continuing education generally more equitable? This is to be found out with the help of the survey called "Access to digital continuing education". It is a cooperation between the project eVideoTransfer2, carried out by Arbeit und Leben Berlin-Brandenburg and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and a bachelor thesis by Francesca Lambertz at the Humboldt University of Berlin. The survey is available online. The results should help to improve access to continuing education in Germany. The anonymous online survey with 107 questions can be found here. It takes about 15 minutes to complete. More information about the project eVideoTransfer2 can be found here

Grants and Prizes

 Women of Europe Awards 2020 Be quick!!! Candidates for the Women of Europe Awards 2020 wanted!

The Women of Europe Awards go into the next round. The international counterpart of the Women of Europe Awards is awarded jointly by EMI and the European Women's Lobby to women who are involved in the European project on a full-time or honorary basis. Until 1 September, member organisations from the EMCDDA network can nominate female candidates in four categories. You can find the complete announcement here

Demography Prize 2020 Apply now: Award for your commitment

With the Demography Award, the state of Saxony-Anhalt honors committed and future-oriented people, associations, networks, municipalities and institutions as well as companies. They are honored for successfully implemented ideas and projects that already have a lasting effect and contribute to shaping demographic change in the state. A total of 10,000 euros in prize money is available for the prizes. In addition, two special prizes will be awarded with the support of the Investitionsbank Sachsen-Anhalt and the Techniker Krankenkasse. Further information as well as the complete announcement and the application form can be found on the Demography Prize website

Call for Papers!! Pandemic / Corona and intersectional inequality in society and science

Based on the appeal "The need for a feminist analysis of the Corona crisis: Starting points for a democratic, solidary and intersectional vision of society", the Politics and Gender Section of the DVPW (German Political Science Association) invites contributions to a theme week "Pandemic" from 5 to 9 October 2020 in the blog interdisziplinäre geschlechterforschung. In the Corona crisis and the ensuing economic crisis, social inequalities come to a head. They find their expression in undignified working conditions under which (undocumented) migrants work, and are reflected in the feminization of poverty, in low-wage sectors (especially in care professions), in hermetically separated worlds of the poor and rich quarters in metropolitan cities, and in systemic racism. These and other phenomena have already shaped social 'normality' before the pandemic. Their causes can be found in multiple power and domination relationships. In politics, media and science, the polyphony of expert opinions on ways to a democratic and solidary society beyond the Corona pandemic must become audible. With this goal in mind, the Politics and Gender Section of the German Political Science Association (DVPW) invites contributions to the blog interdisziplinäre geschlechterforschung. Texts on the following topics are welcome:

  • The gender of the Corona crisis
  • The gender of crisis diagnoses
  • The Agenda of the Social Sciences
  • Critical feminist concepts of society

Contributions can also be submitted in English. Please note the style manual of the blog interdisciplinary gender studies and send your contribution in a Word file until September 6, 2020 to Accepted contributions will be published on the blog interdisziplinäre geschlechterforschung during a theme week. If you have any questions regarding content, please contact Dr. Dorothee Beck and Dr. Miao-ling Hasenkamp. You can find the complete call here


 Long night of applications For those who make up their minds: Long night of applications on September 4, 2020 in Magdeburg

The .lkj) Saxony-Anhalt and LanZe invite you to the "Long Night of Applications" on September 4, 2020, to discuss project ideas together in a comfortable and productive atmosphere, to give tips for good application procedures and to answer questions about funding instruments. The focus will be on the project applications that are specific to each participant. No matter whether there is only a rough idea or a concrete application is to be reviewed. Together with program partners of "Kultur macht stark" as well as other experts for funding applications (state, federal, EU) there will be a complex and intensive consultation. The application workshop is open until the application is ready. The application workshop is aimed at all people from the fields of the liberal performing arts and cultural education. The application deadline is September 3, 2020, and the participation fee is 30 euros. The complete announcement as well as the application form can be found here

women&health women&health online congress on September 5, 2020! Focus topic: Health is vital

The second women&work online congress is intended to remind people of the importance of their own health. More than 20 experts* will give on September 5, 2020, at the free online congress "women&health" health-improving and health-maintaining insights that help to regulate one's own health and to bring body, mind and soul into mindful harmony. Numerous experts*, who were interviewed in advance on various topics, will give helpful tips and suggestions for maintaining health and prevention. The recorded interviews will be available free of charge on September 5 and 6, 2020. The women&work online congress starts at 11:00 a.m. with three live webinars. Further information and the program schedule can be here

Logo Coordination office for the promotion of equal opportunities at Saxon universities and colleges Gender Reflective Teaching - Challenges and Opportunities | Online Workshop on September 7 and 21, 2020

Participants learn about the various fields of activity in which "gender in university teaching" plays a role. In addition, techniques and strategies will be presented that allow dealing with gender at different levels of teaching and enable the productive and equal participation of all students and teachers as well as developing scope for action. Concrete examples from practice will be worked on, which can also be brought in by the participants. Due to the current situation around the corona pandemic, gender- and diversity-reflected online teaching is also taken into account. Registrations are possible until 01.09.2020. Further information on the event and the registration form can be found here

Uferfrauen Film event Uferfrauen - Lesbian life and love in the GDR | Film event on September 8, 2020 in Halle (Saale)

How did it live as a lesbian woman in the GDR? "UFERFRAUEN" is a documentary film that traces and portrays the life stories of six lesbian women, how they loved and lived in the GDR - in the city and in the country - as same-sex women. These six very different biographies are exemplary of the hitherto untold lesbian history, ranging from heartfelt love stories to state oppression. How did they, the mothers, workers and fighters, these often "invisible" lesbians, who were influenced by socialism, live? The "UFERFRAUEN" illustrate a topic that has hardly been noticed by the public and tell an exciting piece of German history. Uferfrauen conveys the omnipresent feeling of loneliness as an outsider, the social tabooing of homosexuality, the compulsion to conform and adapt in a repressive state - a life on the (private) fringes of society, always in personal conflict, jumping into the cold water or staying on the safe shore. In their diversity, the protagonists pursued the same goal: the search for personal (love) happiness. The director Barbara Wallbraun and two protagonists will be on location for a discussion in the evening. Further details about the event can be found here

Logo dbb-academy Team leadership and team development at a distance | Online seminar on September 10, 2020

In the current crisis, managers have many questions about team leadership. The team sits distributed, does not see itself and at the same time has to cope with new challenges. Sometimes new tasks have to be mastered or existing tasks have to be solved by new ways of working. What can managers do to support their team in this situation? How can team development work under these circumstances and at the same time strengthen the team for the time afterwards? This webinar will show how team leaders can successfully lead their employees through the crisis. It provides suggestions on how team cohesion can be fostered even over distance. The event program and registration can be found here

"Performing with confidence" | Seminar from 15 - 16 September 2020 in Berlin

The first impression counts! The first few seconds already decide how you will appear to your counterpart, how you will convince him during presentations or how you will win over your conversation partners. How to make a confident and convincing first appearance? What role do posture and voice play and how do I use my possibilities skilfully? In the seminar you reflect on your appearance and the effect you have on others. You will work out techniques to develop your own style and personal potential:

  • The first impression and its meaning
  • My effect on others
  • The means of action - body language, voice and inner attitude
  • Self-portrayal techniques / staging techniques
  • Self-marketing
  • The 'inner team' and its effect on our self-expression

The event program and the link to the registration form can be found here

Communicating successfully under digital conditions | Online seminar on September 30, 2020

Digital communication is available to us on many different channels. Especially in the current situation, many are forced to make greater use of new digital communication options such as video or telephone conferences. But how do I manage to select the right channels from the wide range of possibilities in order to communicate successfully? How can I keep the individual means of communication under control without losing track of the situation? How does successful time management work with the right use of digital communication? This webinar will address these questions. It shows the possibilities and limits of the individual channels and provides tips and suggestions for the targeted, successful management of digital communication. For the event program and registration please click here

For women: Recognizing and strengthening successful communication patterns | Seminar from 21 - 22.09.2020 in Cologne

Women are excellent communicators - they communicate sensitively, vividly, create connections and are often good listeners. But of course they can also be fact-oriented, objective and confrontational. Recognizing and developing strengths is the goal of this training. The seminar shows successful communication patterns and perfects them. The event program and information on registration can be found here

Online Topic Week: #MeToo in science?! Online Topic Week: #MeToo in science?! Sexualized discrimination and violence at scientific institutions from September 28 - October 6, 2020

Hashtags like #MeToo bring it into the collective consciousness: Sexualized discrimination and violence is still a current, but often tabooed topic. It can occur in all areas of society - scientific institutions as places of study and work are not exempt from it and are therefore obliged to actively counter discrimination, sexual harassment and violence in their spatial and cultural infrastructure. In the predominantly digital theme week with the focus "#MeToo in Science?!", this complex and important topic will be examined with a special focus on all people working at a science institution. Legal frameworks, gaps in protection, as well as duties and opportunities for action will be discussed and space for the exchange of experiences will be created. The symposium addresses students, management, administration, lecturers and researchers alike and aims to encourage and enable (pro-)active and safe action by all participants. It is the basis for new as well as the confirmation of already existing cooperations and the sounding out of joint projects, measures and regulations. We would like to invite you not to make the topic of sexualized discrimination and violence taboo, but to actively develop protection and prevention concepts that enable a way of dealing with it that helps all those involved and creates a work and study atmosphere in which everyone feels comfortable and can use their potential. The current status, a preliminary program booklet including descriptions of the theme week as a whole and of the individual program items as well as information on participation and registration can be found here

Personnel development inclusive - Workshop on 02 October 2020 in Leipzig

What are the central basic conditions and foundations for an inclusive working environment? What should be considered when recruiting people with disabilities for your own university? How do you promote the further qualification of employees with disabilities and chronic diseases? In the workshop, competencies and basic knowledge on these questions will be conveyed. Registrations are possible until September 10, 2020. The event program and the registration form can be found here

Leadership in the home office | Online seminar on 07 October 2020

The Corona crisis is currently forcing many of us into the home office, employees in public authorities as well as in the private sector, managers as well as clerks. For managers in particular, this means a special challenge in several respects: On the one hand, they must ensure that the usual tasks are performed as well as possible, even under the more difficult conditions. Secondly, they ask themselves how leadership in the home office works? In this webinar you will be given tips and tricks on how to keep in touch with your team from your home office. You will learn more about successful communication, about team cohesion, but also about how to deal with less control and how to develop routines for yourself and your employees that help everyone. In addition to these impulses, there is plenty of space for exchange with each other and for your questions about the topic. You can access the event program and registration for the seminar here

Mapping Women's and Gender Rights as a Globally Contested Arena Mapping Women's and Gender Rights as a Globally Contested Arena from 07-09 October 2020

We are pleased to send you the program of the opening conference of the research group Global Contestations of Women's and Gender Rights entitled "Mapping Women's and Gender Rights as a Globally Contested Arena", which will take place from 7-9 October 2020 at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) in Bielefeld. The English language conference will be offered as a video event for all interested parties. For registration please contact:
The complete program of the event can be found here

Digital Workspace "Diversity and digitization in teaching" in October 2020

In the Digital Workspace, participants have the opportunity to deal intensively with the topic of diversity in digital teaching according to their own priorities. The following content focuses are offered in synchronous elective modules:

  • Gender and diversity in digital teaching OR equal opportunities and digital testing
  • Accessibility in digital teaching OR internationalization and digitization

In addition to these elective modules, the participants will receive a basic introduction to the different diversity dimensions, to language appropriate to diversity, to the topic of heterogeneity of learners as well as to compatibility issues and digital teaching (including part-time studies, studies with family responsibilities). The goal of the Digital Workspace is to provide participants with basic skills that will enable them to design their own digital teaching in a diversity-sensitive manner. The deadline for registration is October 16, 2020. Information on the dates and registration can be found here

University and Politics

Why do so few women receive a Nobel Prize?

Women are simply less visible in science. The reasons are manifold and hinder women researchers at all stages of their careers. Countermeasures are only slowly taking effect. It is the names Watson and Crick that are inseparably linked to the discovery of the DNA double helix. Rosalind Franklin made an important - if not the most important - contribution to the structural elucidation of our genome with her X-ray diffraction images. Franklin is considered a prime example of the Matilda Effect: the systematic repression of women's contributions to research. Even today, women are still clearly underrepresented in science. This is less due to deliberate discrimination than to the growing culture of science. more

New publication: "A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It?

At the end of June, an English-language anthology with essays on the topic of female under-representation in mathematical and natural science fields was published. The book can be downloaded from the internet or ordered as print-on-demand. It is a result of the research project of the same name, funded by the International Science Council (ISC), which combines a comprehensive global survey with a bibliographic study of publication patterns. to the anthology

Policy Brief on sexualized violence in research

The "ERAC Standing Working Group on Gender in Research and Innovation" has published a policy brief on mobilizing against sexualized violence and sexual harassment in higher education and research. The policy brief is intended to give a new impetus for gender equality as one of the priorities of the European Research Area. to thePolicy Brief

The unsolved problem of care

Not only since Corona we are confronted with a crisis of concern. Nor have we only known about this crisis since the pandemic, even if this is currently being negotiated. Rather, feminists have been working for decades to bring about a change in the conditions of concern, and the 'systemic relevance' currently recognized has since provided them with an opportunity to critically question society's handling of this relevance. Thus, in the context of the second women's movement, feminists revealed the structural necessity of housework for the capitalist economy and advocated a fundamentally changed socialization with their demand for wages for housework (Biermann/Bock 1977). In recent years, too, a major feminist debate on the question of care has flared up again. The demand for a care revolution and adequate financing of the care economy, as demanded by Swiss feminists in 2019, points to a continuity of feminist struggles for care that has existed for decades. more

bukof's recommendations for action for gender diversity at universities published

In May 2020, the Federal Conference of Women's and Equal Opportunities Commissioners at Universities published recommendations for action to make gender diversity at universities more visible and strengthen it. In particular, bukof sees an urgent need for action with regard to the entry and change of name and gender, the use of gender-appropriate language and address, and the structural infrastructure. Other topics, such as personnel recruitment and development, low-discrimination teaching and family-friendly universities are being continuously developed and supplemented. Here you will find the recommendations for action for gender diversity at universities.

Study: "Who is asked? Gender Distribution in Corona Reporting"

What is the status of gender equality in corona reporting on television and in the online appearances of print media in Germany? How often do women and men have their say? How often and on which topics are they interviewed as experts? In cooperation with the University of Rostock, the MaLisa Foundation has published a study on the gender distribution in corona reporting, the results of which show a frightening imbalance with regard to the question of who is allowed to express themselves publicly and media-effectively in times of crisis. Although the proportion of women among physicians is 47 % and in the fields of virology, infection epidemiology and microbiology 45 %, the proportion of women in the television reports and news programs of ARD, ZDF, RTL, Sat1 on Corona (with a medical focus) was only 17 %. In the evaluation of print media (online) with almost 80,000 articles, women were only mentioned as experts to about 7 %. Only 4 % of women were named as virologists. A summary of the results can be found here

Critical Diversity Blog of the AG Critical Diversity at the UdK Berlin

"How does who get into the art university - and out again? Who listens, who speaks? Which language? Who is considered suitable or talented? What are the criteria? To which art or music, to whose knowledge and skills do we refer? What and who is left out?" The blog founded by the AG Critical Diversity is a platform for questions, debates and projects on diversity and anti-discrimination at the UdK Berlin and beyond. It invites to share experiences of disparagement and exclusion. Click here for the blog.

"Equal and more equal" - title theme in the current hastuzeit magazine

The current issue of hastuzeit, the Hallische student union magazine, deals with the question of how "equal and more equal" the chances are for different groups to make a career at the university. In his article „Schleichende Veränderung“, Manuel Klein gets to the bottom of the inequality of (East German) women and men at German universities.

Experiences of discrimination in connection with the Corona crisis

The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency has summarized the requests for advice on discrimination in connection with the corona virus that have been received since the corona pandemic in a current background paper and classified them under anti-discrimination law. More than half of the reported cases related to discrimination on the basis of ethnic origin, while other cases related to discrimination on the basis of disability, age or gender identity. The current background paper "Experiences of discrimination in connection with the Corona crisis" can be found here

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