Support programs for women in research and higher education
In spite of the fact that the proportion of women professors at German universities is at a new high - with an unchanged total number of professors, it has risen from 8 to 15 percent since 1995 - women professors are, especially in traditional male domains such as natural sciences and engineering, still under-represented. Whereas in the humanities as well as in the language and cultural studies now over 20 percent of the chairs are occupied by women, the proportion of female professors in mathematics and science is only 10 percent, in engineering, even only 7 percent.
For this reason, federal and state governments agreed to a program that will help to create 200 new positions for professors at German universities over the next five years.
In addition, the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, promotes measures and projects on equal opportunities in universities and research institutions, which are briefly described below:
Center of Excellence Women and Science "(CEWS)
The international oriented Center of Excellence Women and Science (CEWS) promotes equal opportunities for women in science and research. It serves scientific and political bodies or institutions, scientists and companies as the national coordination, information and advisory service. The objective is the increase of the proportion of women in leading positions at universities and research institutions. The database FemConsult, with 7000 records of women scientists, is a key instrument for implementing this goal. Furthermore, the effectiveness of equality policies as well as the attention to gender issues in all areas of science and research are expected to be increased.
Encouragement to Advance