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Equal Opportunities

The Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (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 certifying the institute's policy on gender equality.


At IWM, this topic is a high priority of the directorate. To ensure close communication between the scientific steering committee and the Equal Opportunity Commissioner of the IWM, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Cress has been appointed as the Senior Representative for Equal Opportunity within 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 at the IWM is Dr. Anne Thillosen, and her deputy is Dr. Anne Schüler.


The Equal Opportunity Commissioner is responsible for all matters that concern questions of gender equality at the IWM. In particular, this comprises 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.


In March 2012, the audit berufundfamilie certificate was awarded to the IWM. This certificate represents a strong commitment of the IWM to the implementation of 30 objectives concerning equal opportunity matters that help to ensure a better work-family balance at the institute. In May 2015 the institute was successfully recertified.


Some of these objectives have already been put into practice:

  • childcare subsidy
  • a mobile parent-child office
  • flexible work schedules
  • an internal information platform for topics regarding the balance between family and career, and equal opportunities