equal opportunities office

Hauptstraße 126
69117 Heidelberg
Tel.: 06221 54-7697
Fax: 06221 54-7271

Telephone consultation-hours
Mo-Fr 9-12 Uhr

For an appointment please contact us via phone or e-mail


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Qualification and Advanced Training

Workshop: Flexible working hour models to better combine family and academia

Flexible working hour models are attractive. They promote the compatibility of academia and family life, and equal opportunities for women and men. A talk on this very topic will mark the beginning of the event “Vereinbarkeit von Wissenschaft und Familie.” The speaker will talk about studies and programmes that are currently underway at EAF, she will introduce their findings and experiences with practical implementation and engage in discussion with the participants. It is possible to join the speaker’s interactive talk (10am-12:30pm) as well as the workshop (1:30pm-4pm). Both events can be attended independently of one another.



Thursday, 15 November 2018, 10am-4pm


Please register at:


Nina Bessing


Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing (HCI), Seminarraum B 128, 3 OG, Berliner Straße 43, 69120 Heidelberg

Science goes public – Connecting to the world beyond academia

When science and the media meet, two worlds collide: Where science strives to be detailed, comprehensive, the media has to present content that is entertaining and understood by everyone. Getting to the gist of things, reducing messages to their essential core, checking news for their significance, informing and entertaining their readers, listeners, audience – these are some of the tasks that editorial staff are being confronted with on a daily basis. The media is an important partner when it comes to communicating your academic work in a public context. It is therefore all the more helpful to know and use the ropes of public relations. In the course of this workshop you will learn which aspects of your academic research have public import and relevance and how you can market them confidently via a range of channels (PM, (TV) interviews, elevator pitch…). More information here.



Friday, 5 October 2018, 10am-5pm


Room 235, Seminarstraße 2, 69117 Heidelberg

Your voice matters – Transporting academic and leadership competence vocally

That academic competence is a prerequisite for a career in science and academia is, of course, a given – but it also has to be communicated skilfully. Whether in courses, presentations, or committees, your voice has to be present and convincing. The tone and sound of our voice can sometimes be more significant than the words we use: a clear, high-pitched voice oftentimes brings with it different associations than a deep, sonorous one. Your statements are the most convincing when sound and content complement each other. Your voice, therefore, is an important factor not only for presenting yourself, but also for your career as a whole. In this course you will learn the theoretical and practical basics for a powerful and effective voice, so that you can fully tap your individual speech potential with knowledge and practice. More information here.



Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 10am-6pm


Room 235, Seminarstraße 2, 69117 Heidelberg

Successful committee work for international researchers

The goal of this event is to provide practical information for successful committee work as well as motivation to get involved in committees for international researchers.


  • overview of the forms and orientation of committees at Heidelberg University
  • basics on participation in committees, especially on faculty-level
  • advantages and added value of participating in academic self-administration
  • practical hints and experience for successful committee work


Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 9am-12noon


Please register at:


Prof. Dr. Bernd Schneidmüller


Room 235, Seminarstraße 2, 69117 Heidelberg

Peer Coaching – Peer group meetings guided by a supervisor

You have chosen a profession in an academic setting, you are reflecting on and planning your career; you have already experienced success, but you have reached limits, too. An important issue on the way to professorship is the professionalization as a university teacher. There are many aspects to this job, some are obvious, some are part of the "hidden curriculum". With our "Peer Coaching" training programme we would like to offer you a forum for exchange among peers, for the supervision of scenarios from everyday academic life and for deepening your knowledge of internal university processes and activities.

"Peer Coaching" is advice from equals for equals. It is suited for people from different disciplines but similar professional fields who would like to support each other. By receiving feedback from others, "Peer Coaching" offers you the possibility to adjust your own perspectives, to get to the heart of things or clarify important aspects.


Key topics

  • confidence at work
  • leadership and management skills
  • professional handling of competition

Description "Peer Coaching"


During the winter semester 2018/19 "Peer Coaching" will take place on the following Tuesdays from 6pm - 9pm:

  • 13 November 2018
  • 27 November 2018
  • 4 December 2018
  • 15 January 2019

Career advice intensive – Compact individual coaching

This offer focuses on questions regarding the possibilities, planning and building of an academic career.

  • individual and intensive advice in a one-on-one coaching session
  • analysis of current professional situation
  • advice on and planning of next steps


Thursday, 14 February 2019, times will be arranged individually.


Please register via email:


Dr. Beate Scholz


Equal Opportunities Office, Hauptstraße 126, 69117 Heidelberg

Mentoring and Training

Mentoring and Training (Mentoring und Training: MuT) is a programme of the Conference of Equal Opportunities Officers at Universities in Baden-Wuerttemberg (LaKoG) funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.


MutThe programme supports women in the stage of their post-doctoral lecture qualification and young female researchers who are aiming at a full professorship. It is designed to encourage them to realise their skills and use their chances successfully, to instruct them in organisational and administrative questions and prepare them for executive functions. The Mentoring concept is thereby intended to counteract discriminatory factors that make it harder on women to succeed. As it stands, women have far less access to information, contacts and networks; they often lack role models and a systematic career management. This is where women can partake of their mentors' knowledge and experience. They receive: advice on building a qualification profile, guidance in times of professional orientation, access to build informal work relationships, as well as attention and encouragement.

Fortunately, finding female and male mentors is not a problem.

Qualifikation 2016
Training and individual advice form another part of the MuT programme. You can train your skills in areas such as didactics, (self-)presentation and appearance, while you can get advice on individual career planning, during application processes or on establishing contacts.


Science Web

The first Mentoring and Training orientation event took place in September 1998 with 88 interested parties having responded to the announcement (numbers have increased significantly in the meantime). Following an application process, a first group of female researchers was selected – due to the composition of the candidate pool, there are more natural scientists than humanities scholars among them. The participants, all in the process of qualifying as a professor at universities in Baden-Wuerttemberg, spent three days expanding their knowledge of social, structural and organisational conditions at universities. They also began catching up on what many of their male colleagues have come into through "learning by doing" in continuous employments.

An important part of the programme was the analysis of one's own scientific career progression. It is on this basis that aims of the mentoring relationship were developed. By now, we are pleased to report that the first experiences with mentoring partnerships have not only been very positive; they are also an encouragement to proceed with the project.

When asked at the outset about their expectations, the participants were interested in "getting a better idea of their career prospects", "getting to know female colleagues in similar situations", "receiving advice in the field of didactics and rhetoric", "learning about leadership of employees", "getting out of one's ivory tower" and "receiving pointers en route to professorship". After the event, the feedback has been consistently positive and all participants want to continue with the programme.



Information and Registration

Dr. Dagmar Höppel
Dorett Schneider
Universität Stuttgart
Kronenstr. 36
70174 Stuttgart


Dr. Agnes Speck

Universität Heidelberg
Haupstrasse 126
69117 Heidelberg


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