Welcome to the office of the Equal Opportunities Commissioners at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The Equal Opportunities Commissioners support Kiel University in creating equal opportunities for men and women with the same qualifications. Our network consists of various gender equality offices and assemblies throughout Schleswig-Holstein and Germany.

The team

At the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Prof. Dr. Birgit Classen, Dr. Kirstin GutekunstDr. Franko Greiner, Dr. Julia Johnke  and Dr. Alina Kabuth taken on the voluntary assignment as equal opportunities commissioners.


How to contact us

If you want to get in touch with us, please see us at our office. Here, we can address your concerns and set a date for a meeting with the equal opportunities commissioners. The office is located in the Physics building right next to the University Library. You will find us in room LS11-314. The office won´t be staffed during summer semester 2020.

Outside of these hours and during the non-lecture period you can reach us via  email.


Name Imke Woidasky
Phone +49 431 880 3388 
Email gb@mnf.uni-kiel.de 
Address  Gleichstellungsbeauftragte der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät
Postfach 62
24118 Kiel

Information about our tasks and services

Do we still need equal opportunities measures? Often, this topic seems to be old-fashioned, a relic from the 1950s and 1960s, when women burned their stockings and began to demand jobs of their own. But it is a fact that

  • men and women are still not treated equally when they apply for the same job. Often, family matters are a concern are regarded as the woman’s sole responsibility.
  • men and women are not paid the same salary. In 2011, this difference lay between 8 and 25 percent (depending on the kind of job and place of residence within Germany).
  • men are more often asked to take on a full-time job.

Therefore, our tasks consist of

  • handing out information on the possibilities of financial support (e.g. scholarships for re-entering University programs within the framework of “Hochschulsonderprogramm II”, Marie Curie, and annually scholarships awarded by the faculty itself) or of studying with children (leaflet available at AStA or the Family Service office)
  • involvement in the University's self-government (senate, convent, faculty commissions)
  • drawing up of equal opportunity plans for the faculty and Kiel University
  • involvement in appointment committees (with veto rights) in cooperation with the staff council. We try to make sure that the ratio of male and female employees is or will be balanced.

Funding to Women Researchers

Women's participation at Faculty of Mathematics and natural Sciences declines considerably between promotion and professorship. To support women researchers at this stage in career planning and research activity, the following arrangements have been made... more


Social and professional networks

Please note: The institutions themselves are responsible for the content of the pages listed below:

Guide for Women in Kiel

Consultation, support, and suggestions for women in special  situations  Read more ...

Family Service Office

Studying with children Read more ...

Job Offers

Link to website that lists German Universities and Research Institutions with job openings.  Read more ...

National Agency for Women Start-ups Activities and Services (bga)

Business start-up and self-employment Read more ...

Working Women Association

Consultation and classes for a better professional perspective, startups and know-how on the job.  Read more ...

Gender Research Group

Institute for Social Science at Kiel University  Read more ...

Gender Center Augsburg

Classes on Gender and Diversity Management  at Augsburg University  Read more ...

Business and Professional Women

Association concerned with all aspects of professional life: starting a career, getting back to work, employees in management positions, self-employment and freelancing, motherhood. Read more ...

Association of German Female Academics

Representative organisation for professional and social equality. Read more ...

Association for Women in Natural Science and Engineering

Organisation of Women, who study and work in the natural sciences or technical areas.  Read more ...

DFG - German Research Foundation

Cetral self-governing body of science and research in Germany Read more ...


Network of highly qualified female scientists with leadership abilities Read more ...


gender equality in marine sciences in Kiel

For about a decade the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” and the Collaborative Research Centre 754 “Climate–Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Ocean”offered both financial provisions and a structural framework to tackle the problem of women's underrepresentation in science and came up with innovative measures. mehr...

Gender pay gap

Across the European Union, women’s salary is 18 percent lower that men’s. In Germany, this gap is even wider. The BPW (Business and Professional Women) Germany has started a petition for more equality at work called “Equal Pay Day”. Read more...

Women and Science - Statistics and Indicators

Read the fourth report by the European Commission on this topic  Read more...