Equal Opportunities


Equal opportunities are an important element of PIK’s strategic decisions and applied scientific culture. Moreover, PIK regards its diversity of employees with respect to gender, ethnic and social background, sexual orientation, religion and philosophy, age, physical and mental capacities as a chance to achieve an inspiring and productive overall atmosphere.

Of the total number of employees, 42 % (31-12-2019) are women. PIK has maintained this high percentage for years. Women account for 35% of the PhD students and 37% of postdocs. To increase the overall quota of women in senior positions, PIK agreed on ten measures promoting women in staff recruitment as well as on the way to an appointed professorship and other leading positions.

PIK has had an equal opportunities officer (EOO) and a deputy since 2006. Since 2010, Dr. Christine von Bloh is acting as EOO and can dedicate 25% of her working time to this function. The EOO is assigned to the Director’s Office and has a budget for training and further education.

PIK developed an Equality Concept for the years 2019 – 2021, which embodies the equal opportunities policy of PIK. The document determines equality goals and sets out quality management procedures to monitor the state of implementation. PIK received the TOTAL E-QUALITY award 2019 for the fourth time. The jury acknowledged a successful equality policy at the institute. "Equal opportunities and diversity are an essential element of strategic decisions and a living scientific culture, which is expressed in a variety of measures. The institutionalisation of equal opportunities has been significantly strengthened in recent years by anchoring them in the statutes and the strategy concept. The jury approves the ambitious target quotas set by PIK and the catalogue of measures to promote the proportion of women."


Equal opportunities officer:
Christine von Bloh

Phone: +49 331 288 2659

More Information:
Equality Concept