Equal Opportunities Commissioner of Heidelberg University
Equality is a continuous effort which needs to be adjusted constantly to fit current requirements. It involves the university as a whole. Much has been accomplished in recent years: Equality plays a pivotal role at Heidelberg University. The ratio of female professors is increasing and equal opportunity measures as well as services at Heidelberg University  have not only been effective internally, but have also received positive recognition from outside. And yet, a lot remains to be done. At our university, too, female postdocs are still faced with a glass ceiling.  Their academic expertise is not sufficiently utilised in science and research and, as a consequence, their skills remain untapped.  Safeguarding and securing this potential is a matter of equal opportunity, but it is important for the university‘s performance in national and international competition as well.  The same applies to the capabilities and competencies of other groups. Be it people who come to us as migrants, or who take on family responsibilities, students and researchers with physical disabilities, or older colleagues: for all these groups we need to establish open spaces and points of transition with the help of equal opportunity offers. 
The goal is to create equal opportunities and chances by reflecting on needs and requirements, thereby strengthening Heidelberg University‘s reputation as an attractive employer and innovative research site. Achieving this goal requires further structural changes, conduct that is geared towards gender equality and equal opportunity, as well as individual support – an effort that concerns all of us.
Equal Opportunities Commissioner
Alfred-Weber-Institute for Economics
Bergheimer Straße 58
06221 54 2953
 Germany-wide: Joint Science Conference of the Federal Government and Länder (GWK): 20. Update to Data (2014/2015) on Women in Higher Education Institutions and Non-academic Research Establishments.
 Gender Action Plan of Heidelberg University: http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/md/gsb/aktuelles/gleichstellungskonzept_univheidelberg_2013-2017.pdf
 Diversity Strategy of Heidelberg University: http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/md/gsb/diversity-konzept_a4_final.pdf