Gender equality at MPE

Welcome to the website of gender equality at the department of mechanical and process engineering!

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The gender equality officers are part of the work group of gender equality. They are elected during the women's plenary for a term of two years.

Current gender equality officers

  • Christiane Gerlitzky (Research Associate / PTU)
  • Kamelia Kletti (Administrative staff / PTW)
  • Pia Niessen (born Bettenbühl) (Research Associate / IAD)
  • Heidi Schweitzer (Administrative staff / IFW)

In general the gender equality officers promote the gender equality at the department and support in conflicts. Furthermore, they have the following tasks:

  • Contact for female staff members and employees
  • Planning and implementation of workshops for woman's promotion and networking events
  • Advisory member of the department board, appointment committees and at recruitment processes
  • Development and coordination of the gender equality concept
  • Measures to advertise female students

The work group for gender equality is composed of members of different status groups. The responsibilities of the work group are:

  • Administration of the women's promotion funds, available to the department
  • Support of the gender equality officers
  • Organisation of events and seminars

Are you interested in joining the work group? Send us an at any time.

Gender equality concept

The working group is involved in the establishment of the gender equality concept of the department. The link below directs to the German version of the concept. For further information in English please contact the work group via .

Gleichstellungskonzept des Fachbereichs (in German)

The fundings are allocated after consultation in the gender equality work group. The following measures in particular are funded in the department of Mechanical Engineering:

  • Women-specific training events in the field of mechanical engineering
  • Partially/full bearing of costs for participation in women's advancement programmes (eg. Femtec and SciMento, trainings, conferences, etc.) up to a maximum of 350 €/year.
  • Events for the networking and promotion of women in the department
  • Advertising measures and projects to increase the proportion of women in FB16
  • Gender-Awareness-Trainings for men and women

Measures for groups are preferred to single person funding.

If the funding is used for travel expenses the receipts should be handed in as soon as possible. Travel expenses can only be refunded six months in retrospect.

Furthermore, adhere to the following guidelines so that your claim for refund can be processed as quickly as possible:

  • attach original documents to your application, copied documents are not be accepted
  • for the refund of travel expenses by car, the exact address of the destination must be stated

The central office for gender equality offers support programmes and career advancement for female students, measures for career development for female doctoral candidates and much more.

Further information:

for students

for research associates

for administrative staff

for professors