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"Rethinking Careers - Ways Towards Scientific Excellence. A Heidelberg Panel" - Online

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 4 to 6.30 p.m.


Header Bild Karrieren neu denken#ichbinhanna. What began as a trend on Twitter lead to a discussion about the young investigators in Germany. The focus is now on structural problems in academic career paths: Equality and diversity aspects, especially regarding work situations, access to academic careers, and the importance of different aspects of work in universities, need to be included when thinking of careers in academia.


The event is open for members of the university; signing up is not necessary.
Find more information on the panel, the panelists, and the event series here.


"Balancing Care and Career in Science" - Online-Seminars


February 1st, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)


Balancing care work and an science career means gaining rich experiences in two worlds. But it also requires a high degree of self-management and resilience. Covid-19 has exacerbated these challenges, making everyday life a balancing act for many.


  • Quality of life and success in transition
  • Self-leadership and resilience factors
  • Societal pectations, own beliefs and drivers
  • Partnership, networks and society
  • Flexible work (time) models and work organization


Nina Bessing  - expert for life balance and new work - reports on success factors from practice and research, and small reflection formats and transfer exercises in breakout sessions enable integration into your everyday life.

This event is aimed at all young academics and employees of the University.


Registration by 10.01.22 at the latest to:

The number of participants is limited.



“The compatibility of family and careers at universities in times of Corona” – Online seminar



24 June from 9am to 3pm (one hour lunch break)

As a parent in academia, you can gain valuable experience in two worlds. However, making a university career compatible with active parenthood also requires a great deal of self-management and resilience. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated these challenges, turning everyday life into a balancing act for a lot of families.


  • Quality of life and success in flux
  • Self-guidance and resilience factors
  • Societal expectations, own beliefs, and motivators
  • Partnership, networks, and society
  • Flexible work (hour) models and work organisation

The compatibility expert Nina Bessing will talk about factors of success from practice and research and reflection formats as well as transfer exercises in breakout sessions will facilitate integration into your everyday life.

The seminar is aimed at all employees of Heidelberg University as well as everyone who is interested. Please register by 20 June 2021 at the latest via:

You will receive the link after successful registration.



Campus campaign: "Heidelberg University - show respect, promote diversity, work together"

As a part of the Baden-Württemberg-wide campaign “zieh einen Schlussstrich” (“To put an end to something”), the Heidelberg University sets an example for a respectful and fair companionship and against sexual harassment, bullying, stalking and discrimination.



Funding Programs for Women Scientists at Heidelberg University - Information Event (ONLINE)

- date is postponed -

The event on 21.04.2021 from 10:00 - 12:00 offers information on research funding and career development programs for female scientists. An overview of the various programs and their aims will be given, as well as information on calls for proposals and support options for applications.The target group for this event is advanced female doctoral candidates and female postdocs at Heidelberg University.

The registration process is conducted through the Equal Opportunity Office. Please register at:
For further information, please contact:

Carmen Waiblinger,



Hiwi support for university members with family responsibilities

DrittmittelMembers of the University of Heidelberg with children or relatives to be cared for, who are preparing or holding lectures for the winter semester 2020/21 and who also have care responsibilities, can receive direct support.  
To provide support, the financing of a student assistant (up to 35 hours per semester) or a research assistant (up to 20 hours per semester) can be applied for.
In the informal application, the family situation must be described and the necessary support by a student assistant must be justified.  
Applications can no longer be submitted.



Study Parents Funds


To support students with children during the Corona pandemic, the "Study Parents Fund" was established at the University of Heidelberg. Students with children at the University of Heidelberg who are not able to use childcare due to the Corona Pandemic and need short-term and spontaneous financial support to organise or finance childcare themselves are eligible for support from the "Study Parents Fund".  -> more




Online Tutorial on Gender Bias in Appointment Procedures

Modul-anhoeren GoldThe online tutorial “Gender Bias in Appointment Procedures” offers information and recommendations on how to avoid discrimination. -> more





"Familie in der Hochschule" charter

PublikationIn 2017, Heidelberg University was certified as a family-friendly University for the third time by audir berufundfamilie. In 2018, the University also signed the “Familie in der Hochschule” charter. Read the announcement from Heidelberg University. -> more



Heidelberg University Concierge Service


Can you save precious time? Yes, sometimes.The Concierge Service of Heidelberg University will show you how. The individual offers of the Concierge-Service help female researchers and visiting scholars better combine work and family responsibilities. -> more



Gender and Diversity Studies


The summary of courses on Gender and Diversity Studies for the summer semester 2021 will be online soon.




The impact of implicit bias for women in academia

GewichtungLERU has been delving into how implicit bias potentially undermines the academic meritocracy, consulting with Europe’s leading universities that make up its members to find out how they view implicit bias and how they deal with it. -> more




18th announcement of the Margarete von Wrangell Habilitation Programme for Women

Unihd Skulptur Hauptstr126 08With the Margarete von Wrangell Habilitation Programme the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg wants to encourage qualified researchers to qualify as a professor by offering them financial support. Funding takes the form of an employment (pay grade 13/TV-L) limited to five years, three years of which are financed by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Wuerttemberg and the European Social Fund, and two years are funded by the respective university. Application deadline is 09 September 2020.     -> more

30 Years Equal Opportunity

Logo Gleichstellung Ohne UniEntering its thirtieth year at Heidelberg University, equal opportunity has had many advocates. Established in November 1987, the office of the Women's Representative, now Equal Opportunity Commissioner, can look back on a varied history. -> more



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