Diversity and Equality Workshop Series

With this workshop series, the CRC invites its PhD students and its Postdocs to reflect upon the world of scientific research from different perspectives.

Combining input from the science studies with practical training and coaching, the workshops equip the young researchers with knowledge and skills for a successful career development in the academia or industry, with a special focus laid upon issues of diversity and equal opportunities. The workshops raise awareness of the social, organizational and individual factors shaping professional careers, show possible obstacles and propose strategies for overcoming them. Moreover, the young researchers gain knowledge and skills for leading teams and organizations in ways which foster openness and equal opportunities for people of different gender, familial, social and cultural backgrounds.

The first workshop took place on 1 and 2 December 2015 at FU Berlin. The focus topics were academic visibility and self-presentation as career development strategies. The program can be found here.

For the 2017 workshop, the CRC joined forces with BMS, GeoSim, CRC 1294 and other partners in the Geo.X network, which connects geoscientific research institutions and graduate schools in the Berlin-Potsdam area. The topic of the Geo.X Career Day on October 20, 2017 was work-life balance in the academia. The format included an open space with ten invited scientists from all career levels who shared their experiences and solutions regarding work-life balance with the participants, and a plenary discussion with representatives of the Berlin universities and the DFG. The workshop is documented in a short video authored by Johanna Ickert and René Arnold.

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