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Equal Opportunities

The IWM promotes equal opportunities for men and women. As member of the German Leibniz Association the IWM is committed to putting into practice the Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality of the DFG and to applying the institute's policy on gender equality.


At the IWM this topic is of high priority for the directorate. To ensure close communication between the Scientific Steering Committee and the Equal Opportunity Commissioner of the IWM, Executive Director Prof. Dr. Ulrike Cress has been appointed Senior Representative for Equal Opportunity on the Scientific Steering Committee.

The Equal Opportunity Commissioner at the IWM is elected by the female employees of the IWM and is assigned for a term of four years. Currently, the Equal Opportunity Commissioner of the IWM is Dr. Anne Schüler, and her deputy is Dr. Yvonne Kammerer.

The Equal Opportunity Commissioner is responsible for all matters that concern questions of gender equality at the IWM. In particular, this includes supporting internal communication processes, the implementation of the Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality of the DFG, taking part in hiring procedures, and participating in the auditing process berufundfamilie.

Audit beruf und familie (audit job and

In March 2012, the berufundfamilie audit certificate was awarded to the IWM. This certificate testifies that the IWM defined and implemented more than 45 objectives concerning equal opportunity matters that help to ensure a better work-family balance at the institute. In May 2018, the Institute was successfully recertified and permanently obtained the certificate in September 2021. 

About 50 measures have already been put into practice, including:

  • childcare subsidy
  • a mobile parent-child office
  • flexible work schedules
  • support of employees in non-work phases such as parental leave or care for relatives
  • an internal information platform for topics regarding the balance between family and career, and equal opportunities

Funding instruments for women

As a member of the Leibniz Association in Baden-Württemberg the IWM supports several funding instruments in order to promote the academic career of women:

  • Mentoring Programme for Female Scholars at Leibniz Institutes
  • Funding Lines of the "Leibniz Competition", such as the Leibniz Programme for Women Professors
  • Margarete von Wrangell-Habilitationsprogramm