Equal Opportunities

As a member of the Leibniz Association, BIPS is committed to the field of equal opportunities, to the implementation of the research-oriented standards on gender equality of the German Research Association (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - DFG), and the improvement of the compatibility of family, private life, and work for women and men. It applies the implementation agreement on equality (in German: Ausführungsvereinbarung über die Gleichstellung - AVGlei) in its current version. The implementation of gender equality is a central task for the entire institute and includes all areas of work. These areas are considered key management tasks of the heads of the institute.

Women and men should receive the same professional opportunities and the same fair treatment and support at BIPS. Therefore, BIPS pursues the following objectives:

  • Ensuring equal opportunities through equal treatment of women and men
  • Counteracting any form of discrimination
  • Targeted and sustainable promotion of young researchers in the scientific and non-scientific field
  • Expansion of the activities for the reconciliation of family, private life, and work for women and men
  • Application of gender-appropriate language in spoken and written language.

BIPS is committed to the sustained implementation of family-friendly personnel policies. In order to have its current activities in this area evaluated and possibly developed further, the certification by the so-called audit on work and family (audit berufundfamilie) was carried out in October 2014. The heads of the institute have signed an agreement with objectives for the following three years. The objectives are implemented successively. The measures for family-friendly personnel policies were also recognized by the Senate of Bremen in 2016 and 2018. BIPS has already been successfully re-audited three times within the context of berufundfamilie. In 2017, the first re-audit took place followed by the so-called re-audit consolidation in 2020 and the last certification phase, the dialogue procedure, in 2023. As part of the dialogue phase, measures have been taken to ensure that the high level of performance is upheld or enhanced as required. In December 2023, BIPS was awarded the currently valid certificate.

The equal opportunities officer, Dr. Heike Gerds, and her deputy, Dr. Ronja Foraita, work closely with heads of the institute and the works council and advise the staff, among others, on questions regarding the compatibility of family and work.

  Persons Woman Percent
BIPS total 210 150 71.4%
Research and scientific services      
Professors 8 5 62.5%
Further academic staff in executive positions 14 8 57.1%
Scientists in non-executive positions 38 28 73.7%
Doctoral candidates 31 21 67.7%
Science supporting staff and trainees 86 61 70.9%
(as of 31st December 2023)

Heike Gerds
+49 (0)421 218-56860

Ronja Foraita
+49 (0)421 218-56954