Gender Equality at the Kiel Institute
The provisions of the Schleswig-Holstein Gender Equality Act are applied by the Institute in accordance with the research-related gender equality standards.
The Presidential Office of the Institute develops an affirmative action plan for women every two years. The plan includes topics as follows:
- Gender composition statistics
- Projected personnel development potentials
- Particular personnel management objectives for the next two years
- Affirmative action measures for women
The Institute’s Equal Opportunity Officer is involved, from the beginning, in all hiring decisions and all measures that affect the Institute’s personnel. Weekly meetings with the Scientific and Administrative Directors and the Employee Council give opportunity to discuss gender equality matters. The Equal Opportunity Officer also participates in the monthly meetings between the President and the Employee Council, and attends, as a guest, the biannual meetings of the Institute’s Foundation Council. The Equal Opportunity Officer of the Kiel University is also involved in hiring procedures for joint positions at the Institute and the University.
The Institute received in 2010 and again in 2013 a certificate for its equal opportunity endeavors (Total E-Quality).
Affirmative action measures for women taken by the Institute (selected):
- Hiring procedures
The Institute adheres to the hiring stipulations in Sections 3, 4, and 6–9 of the Gender Equality Act.
- Personnel development
The annual individual meetings between employees and superiors serve as base to discuss personnel development incl. the issue of promotion of female employees. Such meetings enable direct information exchanges and discussions on work content and working plan.
- Part-time work
Generally part-time work is possible in the Kiel Institute. As far as work contents allow, part-time staff members are able to choose among various part-time working schemes (e.g., 1/2, 2/3, 3/4 of full-time work). Appointments and meetings with superiors are scheduled as far as possible so that part-time staff members will be able to attend. General meetings are also scheduled such that as many part-time staff members as possible can attend during their working hours.
- Annual working time account
Employees at the Kiel Institute can apply for using an "annual working time account". Here working time credits and time failures are considered on an annual base (52 weeks). Employees with fixed-term contracts whose working time is less than 52 weeks can have a "rest-annual working time account".
Time credits can always be compensated by free time, if this does not come into conflict with working obiligations.
Staff members who wish to work from home are allowed to do so if their teleworking does not compromise supervision by and communication with other staff members, and if their work facilities at home are deemed appropriate. If necessary, these conditions are to be specified in greater detail together with the interested staff member snd the Employees Council.
- Affirmative action measures for female junior researchers
Women are still underrepresented among the research staff, especially in leading positions. The Institute is striving to increase the number of female researchers in the long term.
Female students who have the same qualifications as male students are given priority when hiring student assistants. Female Researchers are also supported to develop their career, for example, by giving them more responsibility (by making them project or working group leaders, etc.), and by taking measures that support them in better combining work and family responsibilities, while the latter is provided to male staff members as well.
Female researchers who are doctoral candidates are given priority when selecting staff members to participate in continuing education programs, conferences and symposia, and summer school and vacation courses. This aims to help them accomplish their doctoral studies during the first qualification phase of six years specified by the Higher Education Framework Act.
- Child care
The Institute has contracted with CompanyKids Kiel pme Familienservice GmbH to ensure that staff members’ children receive adequate child care in emergency or problem situations. Staff members can avail themselves of such child care free of charge for their children (0-12 years old) 24/7 year round (normally from 7.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.). pme Familienservice GmbH also offers staff members regular child care or child care on a daily or hourly basis at special prices.