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Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality

The German Research Foundation (DFG) sees the promotion of equal opportunities of junior scientists as an essential part of their work. For this reason, the “Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality” were passed by the DFG in 2008. Therein, the members of the DFG verbalized staff- and structure-related standards regarding sustainable gender equality politics within the realm of science and tertiary education.

The significant increase of the percentage of women through all scientific career stages is verbalized by the “Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality” as an equal goal. In achieving this goal, the main principle is the so-called cascade model. Following this model, certain goals regarding the percentage of women of each career stage are ensued as a result of the given underlying level of qualification.

Within the framework of agreements regarding the “Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality” all the DFGs members committed to (1) take a stand on these standards and especially (2) formulate goals towards raising the percentage of women. In 2009, the University of Paderborn took an active part in the “Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality” by issuing an official statement. Within this statement, the University reported about implemented measures working to enforce gender equality in science. Particularly, it stated additional future measures with respect to promoting female junior scientists. The report also states specific measures implemented to increasing the percentage of women within the doctoral degrees. The interim report as well as the final report regarding the stage of implementation were issued in 2011 and 2013.

The University’s Equality Concept, which the University published in the context of the DFG’s “Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality” was unanimously judged to be the highest valuation level – state 4 (“commendable”). The University of Paderborn’s interim report (2011) as well as the final report (2013) were rated to be the highest valuation level. Therefore, the DFG certified that since 2009 the University of Paderborn was successful in establishing and pursuing a concept of promoting gender equality that is being amended by innovative approaches.

The University of Paderborn’s part taking in the DFG’s “Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality” was a highly important step towards achieving equal opportunities within the scientific sector. The increased presence of this topic throughout the University, especially by the discussion as well as the resulting measures the University’s statement could induce, was of utmost significance. All measures that were formulated within that statement could be re-formulated within that reference period and all involved objectives could be reached. The percentage of the entirety of the University’s female professors (incl. female junior professors) could be increased from 23.4% (01/2008) to 29.2% (01/2012). The initially verbalized goal of increasing female doctoral students of five percentage points were exceeded by afar and raised by twice as much (25.2% in 2008 to 35.6% in 2012). Moreover, the percentage of women among the non-professorial teaching staff was raised by more than ten percentage points from 24.3% (01/2008) to 35.1% (01/2012).    

Reporting Cycles 2009-2013

While partaking in the “Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality” all member-Universities were asked to submit reports regarding the implementation of their equal opportunity measures. Each of those three reports had to be issued following a report cycle. A special DFG working group was appointed to evaluate those reports.

The University of Paderborn took part in all three reporting cycles. All of the three reports that were issued by the University were awarded the highest valuation level – state 4 (“commendable”). Therefore, the DFG certified that the University of Paderborn was highly successful in establishing and pursuing a concept of promoting gender equality which even includes innovative approaches.

Next steps after 2013

On the 3rd of July 2013, the DFG’s General Assembly adopted a package of measures which more strongly focusses on the numerical development of the percentage of women. Further efforts will especially focus on the career levels revolving around the postdoc-phase up to the appointment procedures for university professors, because those phases are seen to be of vital significance. Included within this package of measures are annual queries with each member University that regard the percentage of women on all career levels. Those queries were first realized in 2014.    

For further information regarding the DFGs Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality please click the following link.    

Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality

A .pdf-file including detailed information on the DFG’s Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality is available here.

Statement of the University of Paderborn on the DFG’s Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality (2009)

The University’s comprehensive statement of 2009 can be found here (document in German).

Interim report on the implementation of the DFG’s Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality (2011)

For the complete interim report please follow this link (German).

Final report on the implementation of the DFG’s Research-Oriented Standards on Gender Equality (2013)

The final report can be downloaded here (document in German).

DFG toolbox

The DFG uses the toolbox to inform about measures regarding the increase of the percentage of women in the scientific field.
Detailed information regarding the toolbox can be found here.   

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