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Equal Opportunities

E-Quality.pngEqual 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, 43 % (31-12-2018) are women. PIK has maintained this high percentage for years. Women account for 47% of the PhD students and 30% of postdocs. To increase the overall quota of only 16% 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. A special indicator of the family-friendliness of PIK is the evolution of the number of employees making use of parental leave: 5 women and 5 men chose this option in 2018.

Total-E-Quality-Christine.jpgPIK 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 2016 for the third time. The jury acknowledged a successful equality policy at the institute. "Especially regarding the balance of work and family life, regarding the organizational culture and the manner in which equality policy is institutionalized at PIK, there are a multitude of well developed practices," the jury motivation says. The panel highlighted the excellent childcare and the handling of employees whose funding expires during maternity leave or parental leave.

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Equal opportunities officer:
Christine von Bloh

Phone: +49 331 288 2659

More Information:
Equality Concept