Gender Equality

Gender Equality

The IPK actively promotes gender equality. The implementation of equal opportunities is seen as a crucial factor for the scientific success of the institute. Therefore, the IPK recognises the promotion of gender equality as a cross-sectional task and as a guiding principle. Measures to implement gender equality are laid down in the IPK's gender equality plan. In addition, there is regular reporting on gender-specific personnel data and monitoring of gender equality measures.

Gender Equality Plan of the IPK

Tasks and Rights of the Equal Opportunities Officers

Equal Opportunities Officers at the IPK

Dr. Rhonda Meyer  Equal Opportunities Officer

Barbara Kettig Deputy Equal Opportunities Officer

The Equal Opportunities Officers are committed to equal opportunities for women and men in all areas of the IPK. We work very closely with the management, the human resources department and the staff council. Our tasks and rights, which are regulated by the Frauenfördergesetz (“Women's Promotion Act”, FrFG) of the state of Saxony-Anhalt as well as the implementation agreement to the GWK agreement on the equality of women and men in joint research funding (AV-Glei), include:

- the realisation of measures for the equality of women and men

- the elimination and prevention of discrimination on the basis of gender

- the improvement of the compatibility of family, care and career

- protection against sexual harassment in the workplace.

In accordance with these tasks, we are involved in all personnel (e.g. recruitment, continuing education), organisational (e.g. equal opportunities plan) and social measures. Within this framework, we also advise and support individual employees.


FEM-Power is a project initiated by the state of Saxony-Anhalt to promote the establishment of equal opportunities between women and men in science and research. The overall project, which is financed by the EU's ESF fund, supports various goals in this regard, such as increasing the number of women in the STEM fields or strengthening the proportion of women through research positions and/or fellowships for women to improve appointability for professorships. For more information on the nationwide FEM Power project, please visit

The IPK uses the funds from the FEM-Power project to set up an equal opportunities office as part of the Gatersleben Equal Opportunities Programme.

FEM-Power at the IPK

Project management FEM-Power

Dr Susann Deike

The FEM-Power project at the IPK "Gatersleben Equal Opportunities Programme", which is funded by the EU's ESF, has the overarching goal of strengthening women in mid-level and leadership positions in science and thus utilising existing potential in the selection of the best minds.

Within the framework of the project, measures in various areas of action are being developed and implemented to enable the targeted and structured promotion of women in science. Central areas of action, which in future will be geared even more strongly to the interests and needs of women, are personnel recruitment, personnel/career development and the Institute's internal and external communication. An important and overarching aspect is to incorporate the compatibility of work and family even more consistently into all areas of action.

Programmes to promote female scientists

For several years, universities, non-university research institutions and foundations have been offering mentoring programmes specifically to promote the careers of women in science. These programmes are usually modular and include programme modules on mentoring, coaching, network building as well as workshops and seminars on key qualifications in career and science management such as leadership skills or research promotion. This modular structure enables structured and comprehensive support to help female scientists develop their careers in a targeted manner. The universities in Saxony-Anhalt as well as the Leibniz Association offer mentoring programmes in various forms that can be used by female scientists at the IPK!

The Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg offers three different mentoring modules that are specifically adapted to the different qualification phases of 1. (advanced) doctorate, 2. postdoc phase and 3. professorship. MLU Mentoring Programme.

The Saxony-Anhalt Gender Research & Equal Opportunities Coordination Office offers the Saxony-Anhalt MeCoSa Mentoring & Coaching Programme, which is funded by the EU's ESF fund. In this programme, the individual programme modules can be chosen individually and flexibly. It is possible to join the programme at any time. The current workshop programme can be found here.

The Leibniz Association offers female scientists who belong to a Leibniz Institute the opportunity to participate in the Leibniz Mentoring Programme. The programme is advertised annually.