Gender Equality

Promoting the compatibility of family & career as well as equal opportunities for male and female scientists is of particular importance to all members and institutions involved in MARIE.

The German Research Foundation (DFG) provides MARIE with separate funds for targeted support measures to make jobs in science and academia more family friendly and especially support female scientists in their career and qualifications. These funds are only intended for those measures especially researchers of the SFB/TRR 196 are benefiting from.

In the first phase of MARIE, there was an close exchange between all scientific female staff in the goal of offering appropriate support for discussing and understanding the issues of reconciliating scientific work and family life. We were able to provide support for two pregnant doctoral researchers during the time of maternity protection as well as after childbirth by hiring appropriate staff. Thereby, not only the progress of the respective projects was ensured, but also adequate support was provided to the corresponding young scientists. Furthermore, additional childcare services were provided for young parents, whenever established facilities at the universities could not be used.

In the seconde phase, MARIE will intensify its efforts to support the already above average number of female PhD students as well as additional female scientists. Therefore, the following innovations are planned for the seconde phase:

  • MARIE will initiate the coaching and mentoring programm FEMIE for its female PhD students in oder to plan their scientific careers, not only during the time they pursue their PhD projects, but by adressing a long-term perspective in science. At the beginning of the four phases of the FEMIE program a professional personal coach will be selected to accompany the PhD students during all phases. In the seconde phase, the clarification phase, the student-specific needs and milestones during the funding period and beyond will be defined. The emphasis will be on the reconciliation of work an family planning, providing opportunties of how to combine both in an adequate manner. In the third phase of FEMIE, the main phase, the previously determined goals and milestones are evaluated and adapted when necessary. This is achieved by a regular exchange of the PhD student with their respective coach in order to maintain a clear perspective on the defined milestones, however, leaving enough space for the PhD student to focus on their respective projects. To prepare the PhD students for the steps after their doctoral phases and also to encourage as many as possible to further pursure academic careers at an early stage, various options will be demonstrated an support provided. In the fourth and final phase of FEMIE the PhD students are at the end of their doctoral phases. Therefore the coach and the PhD students review the common process and the achievement of goals and milestones. The support of the PhD students is not terminated with the completion of the PhD projects. In fact, MARIE will further support the scientists with their next career steps. This will further be done with a strong focus on the work-life-balance to prevent disruptions at thisrather challenging stage.   

Examples of funded measures:

Compatibility of Family and Career

  • Financial help for childcare (before and after work)
  • Financial help for scientists with family commitments (education of small children, home care)
  • Home office (additionally)
  • Childcare service for scientific researchers during colloquia and conferences (Parents-children-room)

Gender Equality

  • Gender competence training (i.e. for work in mixed teams)
  • Workshops for young female scientists regarding soft skill improvement and development and/or further scientific training
  • Refund of participation fees and travel costs for female scientists with regard to external offered measures for career promotion and advanced training

As a researcher of MARIE you may benefit from above mentioned measures. Detailed information is provided in the following DFG-guidelines. If you have any questions and need support, please feel free to contact the coordination office at any time.

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Information on the various institutions involved in MARIE as far as gender equality is concerned can be found via the following links:  

University of Duisburg-Essen

Familienservicebüro (German)

Gleichstellungsbüro (German)

Gleichstellungsbeauftrage der Fakulätät für Ingenieurwissenschaften (German)

Karriereberatung für Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen des GC Plus (German)

mentoring3 – Mentoringprogramm für Wissenschaftlerinnen der Research Academy Ruhr (German)


Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Equal Opportunity Office

Equal Opportunity Officers

Women Professors Forum


Bergische Universität Wuppertal

Gleichstellungsbüro (German)

Familienbüro (German)


Technische Universität Darmstadt


Servicestelle Familie


Technische Universität Dresden

Equal Opportunities Office



Chancengleichheit und Work-Life-Balance